government

California’s War on Cars

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

This is how government works, and how California’s government works the most. They provide crummy public services. Instead of fixing the problems of their own making, officials spend their time punishing us for relying on private alternatives. California lawmakers couldn’t fix the congestion situation even if that were their goal. Worse yet, they use their own failings to justify their real goal: getting us out of our cars and into their lousy transit systems. They won’t succeed, but they have an infinite capacity to make us miserable in the process.

College Loan Forgiveness? Let’s Do It!

Scott McKay, The American Spectator

Here is a simple solution to this problem — tax university endowments to pay for student debt relief. As of fiscal year 2015, there was some $547 billion tied up in university endowments in the United States. Harvard, Yale, and Princeton alone accounted for $86 billion of that figure. As our Democrat friends like to tout a top tax rate of 90 percent as a wonderful tool in producing a “level” society such as existed in America in the 1940s and 1950s, let’s just apply that to the endowments and use the proceeds to pay off those who were cheated out of their American dream. That’s only fair, right? It’s sure worth it to fund a half-billion dollars of student debt relief.

New Gallup Poll: Government And Immigration Top Voter Concerns

Immigration is the top concern of Republicans. While this highlights the difficulty of finding a bipartisan solution to the issue, it also suggests immigration will be an important election issue for Republicans, and one the president and GOP should use to drive turnout and support for Trump in 2020.

Who Will Save Democrats from Their Leaders?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Most conservatives see government as a necessary evil; they would like a limited United States government that reflects this suspicion and the Framers’ emphasis on liberty. Most Democrats see government as a desirable good; they would like an active United States government that rights wrongs and addresses the complex challenges of modern, globally interconnected society. Many brilliant, able people have been that kind of Democrat — the kind of patriot who loves America as it is but strives to improve it, not radically alter it. The country needs those Democrats to take their party back.

When Government Becomes Everything, Everything Becomes Crazy

Ben Shapiro, CNS News

We're addicted to our belief in the primal power of our politicians. Once we believe that Trump is either the Great Satan or the Great God, it's no wonder that fringe actors on either side are willing to take extreme measures to harm or "protect" him. The only solution: We must realize that the president is merely a constitutional officer bound by the checks and balances of his role. And we must stop attributing to politics control over our lives that politics does not truly exert.

Americans Are Losing Their Independence, Must Get Gov’t Under Control

Ed Feulner, CNS News

It is clearly impractical to demand that the federal government immediately withdraw from education, health care, and all the other areas in which its current vast presence is, to the minds of many conservatives, clearly unconstitutional. It is too late, as well as politically impossible, to try to lock that barn door. The intruders are already acting like owners. But we can, and must, try to keep the remaining horses under local control.

Yes, 'you're fired' might work in government

Editors, Washington Examiner

It behooves anyone given a public trust to explore new and better ways of executing the task they have undertaken. If public employees were to work with the same requirement as employees in the private sector do, that they actually do the jobs for which they are paid, or else lose them, the public would probably get better value for its money.

Government/Media elite are ignorant of the American People

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

What I resent most about the Washington hollow men is not the sources and methods through which they parlay wealth, power, and influence, or the values they embrace to exercise and perpetuate their privilege and sense of exalted self, but the feigned outrage that they express when anyone dares suggest, by word or vote, that they are mediocrities and ethical adolescents — and really quite emotional, after all.

Planned Parenthood's New Annual Report: 323,999 Abortions; $553.7M in Government Money

Penny Star, CNS News

Planned Parenthood says in its new 2014-2015 annual report, which was released this month, that its affiliates around the country did 323,999 abortion procedures in the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2014 and that those affiliates received $553.7 million in “government health services grants and reimbursements” in the year that ended on June 30, 2015.

2015: The Year The American Establishment Committed Suicide

As 2015 ends, if you are a normal American, you must conclude that the established institutions of your country are dead or dying – and they are dying not because some outside competitor killed them – they are dead because they killed themselves through their own greed, incompetence and corruption.