Op-Eds

Apr 20, 2011

Why are Spending Cuts So Hard?

Why was it so hard to get a budget passed that kept the federal government open for the remainder of this year? Why did it take the imminent threat of a complete government shutdown to broker a deal that cut $38.5 billion from the 2011 budget? The American people have a right to know the answers to these questions. To be sure, a government shutdown of the magnitude nearly realized would have been disastrous. For weeks, the entire country was consumed with the possibility that basic government ...

  • Wasteful Spending
Apr 20, 2011

The Gulf is Still Waiting for More Drilling Permits

On the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the administration’s de facto moratorium, or “permitorium,” on offshore drilling has resulted in higher prices for gas and heating fuel in addition to costing thousands of Americans jobs and making the country more dependent on foreign oil. Indeed, it appears that the administration has found in the Gulf disaster the justification for its political bias against domestic oil and gas ...

  • Regulation & Jobs