Op-Eds

May 26, 2009

An Airport for Somebody

President Obama spent loads of political capital early in his administration to push a behemoth $787 billion "spendulous" bill through Congress. In this promised era of transparency and accountability, Americans were supposed to rest safely in the assurance that the President would hold the line against fraud, waste and political kickbacks. Apparently, Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) didn't get the memo. The John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport is tucked away on the outskirts of ...

  • Wasteful Spending
May 21, 2009

And the Truth Shall Set Someone Free

U.S. law stipulates that someone who “knowingly and willfully makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation” to Members of Congress shall receive a stiff fine and eight years in prison. Over the past few weeks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has claimed that CIA briefers lied to her in 2002 about the use of waterboarding on suspected terrorists. CIA Director and former Congressman Leon Panetta denies his agency lied. Yesterday, I asked FBI Director ...

  • Defense & Homeland Security
May 18, 2009

Toss the Abacus, Uncle Sam

The time has long since passed for the federal government to report how taxpayers’ money is spent as quickly as it actually spends it. On his first full day in office, President Obama promised to create “an unprecedented level of openness in Government” that would “disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use.”  I intend to help him. That’s why I proposed legislation last week to create real transparency that would allow government officials and ...

  • Wasteful Spending