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Once Again, the Establishment Cries Foul Over a Stand for Principle

The "CRomnibus" government funding bill passed handily last weekend, but not before Senators Lee and Cruz had their say. In a controversial move, the two senators managed to put their colleagues on record voting for or against funding President Obama's latest unconstitutional executive power grab. Many Republican senators, however, protest too much, claiming that Lee and Cruz may have allowed the Democrats to pass a number of executive nominees because of their insistence upon making their point.

12/18/2014
"The Common Law Advantage"
"Without question, the U.S. legal system, from the structure and operations of the judicial branch to the governing laws of the nation, was founded in the common law legal tradition. Americans owe much of the economic prosperity they've enjoyed to this fact."
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The Common Law Advantage

Without question, the U.S. legal system, from the structure and operations of the judicial branch to the governing laws of the nation, was founded in the common law legal tradition. Common law, for those unfamiliar with the concept, is law that develops organically over time and is based on the accepted customs and shared values of a society. More specific to its history, common law was developed in England as it emerged from the Middle Ages, where the legal systems of the disparate regions were united by royal decrees and the decisions of judges based not on the wisdom of the given monarch or judge, but on previous decisions made in other legal cases.

03/05/2014
FreedomWorks Foundation Submits Formal Comment to EPA Calling for Continued Ethanol Reform
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FreedomWorks Foundation Submits Formal Comment to EPA Calling for Continued Ethanol Reform

The Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) is a federal mandate that requires gradually increasing amounts of biofuels such as corn-based ethanol and other experimental biofuels to be blended into the nation's fuel supply.

01/27/2014
There Is No Fiscal Victory in the Omnibus
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There Is No Fiscal Victory in the Omnibus

The omnibus bill being fast-tracked through Congress increases spending.  This simple fact apparently escapes some members of Congress, several of whom have been telling their constituents that the bill was a victory because our spending levels are now lower than in recent years. The House Appropriations Committee is using the following chart as proof that conservatives have scored a major victory (the red edits are ours):

01/16/2014
The New Hampshire Medicaid Mistake
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The New Hampshire Medicaid Mistake

New Hampshire is now ground zero in the fight to stop ObamaCare.

01/10/2014
Capitol Hill Update, 3 December, 2013
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Capitol Hill Update, 3 December, 2013

Capitol Hill Update, 3 December, 2013House & Senate/Schedule: The House is in session this week, and is only scheduled to be in town through the end of next week (the 13th) before adjourning its session for the year.  The Senate, meanwhile, is out of town this week, and is theoretically scheduled to remain in session through the end of the month.

12/03/2013
In Memoriam: The Senate Filibuster, 1806-2013
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In Memoriam: The Senate Filibuster, 1806-2013

So maybe pronouncing the filibuster dead is hyperbolic, but Senator Reid may well have struck it a mortal blow today.

11/21/2013
NH Republicans Betray Party Platform with Medicaid Expansion Plan
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NH Republicans Betray Party Platform with Medicaid Expansion Plan

On Thursday, New Hampshire legislators are scheduled to vote on a proposal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Conservative Republicans in several state governments have led the charge to opt out of implementing Medicaid expansion due to the increased costs state budgets will be forced to adopt. However, the New Hampshire GOP establishment has crafted a plan that invites crony capitalism and will force New Hampshire to adopt revenue-increasing mechanisms, such as a state income tax, to pay for the implementation of Medicaid expansion.

11/21/2013
NDAA in the Senate: Why We Should Be Prepared to Defend Ourselves from the Defense Authorization Bill
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NDAA in the Senate: Why We Should Be Prepared to Defend Ourselves from the Defense Authorization Bill

The Senate is expected to spend the bulk of the upcoming week on their edition of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the bill that outlines what Congress is allowed to spend on most aspects of defense for Fiscal Year 2014.  This includes the DoD, some of the Dept. of Energy, Veterans' Affairs, and "Overseas Contingency Operations" (OCO) spending, which is funding for the drawdown in Afghanistan.

11/16/2013
Taxpayers Lose on Shallow Loss Entitlement
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Taxpayers Lose on Shallow Loss Entitlement

This week, I decided to research the Farm Bill to write a little bit about some of the “reforms” House Republicans who support the bill are so proud of. The CBO estimates savings of $35 billion over the next ten years (vs. the current baseline). The CBO is also notorious for underestimating costs, and it looks like this time won’t be any different. 

10/24/2013

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