Op-Eds

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 political establishment struggles with the image that Nixon’s misguided statement creates. Since February, questions have swirled around allegations first made by Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.). He is ...

  • Team Oversight
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 of our economy and more waste, fraud and abuse. Indeed, when regulators are given unchecked power and limitless discretion, they become unmanageable. Too ...

  • Wasteful Spending