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Republicans won a resounding victory in the midterm election in November 2014, but that was just the beginning of their work. To be trusted with control of the White House in 2017, Republicans will need to demonstrate that they have the strategic vision, tactical skill, and ability to execute on a coherent agenda between now and the next presidential election, which is less than two years away.
Obama’s immigration action is based on no statutory authority, but is instead an expansion of the idea of “prosecutorial discretion” — the notion that federal government can’t catch all scofflaws, and so it must set priorities.
Bill Frenzel may not be the last of a breed. But the numbers like him are vastly diminished, and those with his personal and public qualities are rare at any time.
Obama administration health-care consultant Jonathan Gruber was discovered to have boasted that Obamacare was designed to exploit the “stupidity” of American voters and elude honest accounting by hiding both its cost and the taxes necessary to pay for it.
President Obama’s proposed unilateral action on immigration is yet another step on the path to an imperial executive office in America.
America always needs high-skilled immigrants. And we don’t need to tie them to an employer. Despite all the taxes and regulations, this is still a free enterprise system; let them make their own way.
Even if under a Republican Congress the CBO is to complement its existing analysis with other methods — more transparency, “macrodynamic scoring” — then who better than Dr. Elmendorf to lead the effort?
It’s one thing for Americans to suspect that their president lies to them. It’s quite another to hear a key Obama adviser boast of it.
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There is an emerging bipartisan consensus that Congress must overturn the entire Budget Control Act and not just sequestration. In the near term, the president and the military have outlined priorities on which Congress can take immediate action.
In his recent Title II announcement, President Obama failed to hold accountable all players in the Internet ecosystem. Here, Roslyn Layton explains the implications of such a discrepancy.
The HHS has lowered its expected 2015 enrollment to 9 million from 9.9 million lives. An earlier estimate from the Congressional Budget Office pegged that figure at 13 million. Is the HHS trying to lower enrollment expectations in the hopes of obscuring future failures?
China is forcing a response by the United States to regain its primacy. But the US has not demonstrated the political wherewithal to resource its response.
The exit poll consortium of five news networks and the Associated Press reported that health care ranked second behind the economy of the four issues voters said were the most important facing the country.
The Fed’s decision to end the QE purchases was easy. The harder decision – when to raise the funds rate – lies ahead. Could the data provide a compelling case by June in favor of tightening given the risk of making a policy mistake that would be difficult to reverse? It’s possible, but not likely.
Better student outcomes data would not cure every market distortion created by government’s involvement in higher education. But it would help consumers’ market discipline. And a more competitive market would actually reduce government intervention in the sector.
Though the Federal Reserve now publishes the Federal Reserve Board members’ forecasts for the future path of a key Fed-set interest rate, historically, these Fed forecasts have not predicted the rate especially well. This suggests that the Fed’s new push towards transparency should be met with at least some measure of skepticism.
Much of what we hear about the plight of American women is false. Some faux facts have been repeated so often they are almost beyond the reach of critical analysis. Though they are baseless, these canards have become the foundation of Congressional debates, the inspiration for new legislation and the focus of college programs.