OP-EDs


October 7, 2010
White House Records in the Facebook Era

Advances in technology have brought new transparency to our democracy. Americans can interact with federal officials in real time. Citizens use Twitter and Facebook to have unfiltered conversations with their elected representatives — anytime and anywhere. These innovations in direct digital democracy have increased government’s openness and accountability and lowered…

October 6, 2010
Time for a Hiring Freeze

While millions of Americans struggle to find work, the federal civilian workforce has prospered. Federal employees’ salaries and benefits have spiked over the past decade. In fact, their compensation advantage over workers in the private sector has grown since 2000 from about $24,000 to almost $51,000. Not even the recession…

September 30, 2010
Creating Jobs: Regulatory Tsunami Impeding Economic Growth

One of the greatest myths in American politics is that one person can create jobs. Sure, when the economy is strong, the person whose watch it is gets the credit. When the economy is struggling, they get the blame. But let’s be clear and honest, it’s not President Barack Obama…

September 28, 2010
Congress Must Oversee Executive Branch

The unparalleled encroachment of the federal government in the private sector and the lives of individual Americans that began during the Bush Administration and continues in the Obama Administration (see, for example, the Troubled Assets Protection Program, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the rapid growth of the federal workforce,…

September 20, 2010
Time for Another Government Bailout

The declining demand for traditional mail delivery service presents a crisis for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). A continued imbalance of costs and revenues means taxpayers could be asked to bail out the independent government agency, which is required by law to be self-funded. As labor contract renegotiations between USPS…

July 1, 2010
Political and Economic Suicide

President Lincoln once warned that our greatest danger, “if it ever reaches us, must spring up from among us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot,” Lincoln said, “we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we must live throughout all…

June 23, 2010
Government Needs Oversight Too

If you go to the Democratic Web page for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, it reads: “The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. It has jurisdiction to investigate any federal program and any matter with federal…

May 28, 2010
Can a President Make it Legal?

President Richard Nixon uttered one of the most infamous quotes in U.S. political history on April 6, 1977, defiantly declaring, “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” This sentiment embodies all that is wrong with politics. It explains why, more than 30 years later, the…

May 6, 2010
Bailouts are not Smart Reform

America needs smart financial reforms that protect investors from fraud, address government regulatory failures and keep the government in the role of an unbiased quality-control technician instead of a corporate owner or bailout backstop. But if the Democrats in Congress get their way, we can expect more bailouts, more centralized control…

April 29, 2010
Nuclear-Armed Mullahs Are Not and Option

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seems hell-bent on enriching uranium and developingthe other complex components and specialized parts necessary to deliver and detonate a nuclear weapon. President Obama’s policy in response is far from clear-cut. We recognize that any assessment of the secret activities of a closed society like Iran is…