According to the Senate parliamentarian, Chuck Schumer’s scheme to invoke Section 304 of the Congressional Budget Act to revise the 2021 budget resolution and issue new reconciliation rules, which would allow Democrats to skirt working with Republicans on several major pieces of legislation, is okay under the Senate’s rules. Though what exactly this means is […]
Biden’s American Jobs Plan is more likely to sink the economy than revive it.
Too often politicians with majority power talk of bipartisanship as some glorious zenith to democratic ideals. But while they commit themselves to bipartisanship, they’re rarely interested in good-faith arguments and give-and-take. What they want instead is for the minority party to simply concede defeat and capitulate. This is a pattern that appears to be playing […]
Sixty days into his presidency, Joe Biden finally held his first live press conference. The presser was largely full of the administration’s classically vanilla rhetoric. While he addressed the nation to mark the anniversary of the first coronavirus death, Biden has largely insulated himself from the public. That stands out for a couple of reasons. […]
Per popular wisdom, taxes are the price we pay for living in society. Defenders of government will tell you that it exists to collect and direct resources at a level well beyond the capacity of the average individual and that this ability allows public programs from which we all benefit to be created. But the […]
The purpose of limited government is to create a sphere where the actions of individuals, so long as they do not violate the rights of another, are beyond the immediate scrutiny of authority. The existence of this private sphere is particularly important to commerce. Business empires only emerge from garages when enterprising individuals have the […]
Following the declassification of an intelligence report that named Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally responsible for okaying the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken indicated that the Biden administration would not take steps to punish the Saudis. According to Blinken, the nation’s “relationship with Saudi Arabia […]
In the early days of his administration, President Biden has emphasized his plan to fight the coronavirus and return American life to its pre-pandemic normal. He’s promised to push to get more vaccines out and to reopen schools. But doing so relies on executive cabinet agencies which currently don’t have secretaries. The Senate has not […]
The Republican Party, both at state and national levels, has picked up a habit of censuring members whose actions it disapproves of.
One of the hallmarks of good governance is high levels of political efficacy, or the belief of the average citizen that their voice is heard in political matters. This is particularly important in America, which emphasizes representative government’s role in helping secure individual liberty. It might, therefore, seem discouraging that a recent AP-NORC poll found […]