Posts Tagged ‘Congress’

Congress has duty to clear the smoke

As the U.S. House of Representatives begins hearings on “what happened in Waco”, hypocrisy is thick in the Washington air — not unlike the smoke over the Branch Davidian compound two years ago. Democrats and the mainstream media are already charging the hearings are simply a cynical Republican ploy to embarrass the Clinton administration. Republicans…

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Tax limits bring economic growth

Yesterday was tax day for millions of Americans — as they filed their federal income tax returns. According to IRS estimates, individuals spend about 1.7 billion hours on tax-related paperwork; businesses spend another 3.4 billion hours. The Tax Foundation estimates the cost of compliance with federal tax laws will approach $200 billion this year. Yesterday…

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Welfare reform: hostage to a lie

Last week, welfare reform proponent Rep. Clay Shaw (R-Fla.) said, “You repeat the big lie enough times and people will believe it.” He was referring, of course, to the problem faced by congressional welfare reformers — mostly Republicans and 20 to 30 Democrat centrists — as they try to change the nation’s costly but failed…

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School disrepair isn’t feds to fix

You would think the last election would have sent a clear message to members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle: The New American Majority wants a smaller, cheaper, less intrusive federal government. Nevertheless, last week U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun, D-Ill., called for increased spending in a new federal program to patch the roofs…

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Democrats don’t grasp the vision

The U.S. government has run up more than $4 trillion in debt. About $1 trillion was accumulated during the nation’s first 200 years, the rest since 1980. Despite the Clinton administration’s claims about “reducing the deficit,” the Kerry-Danforth Commission report on entitlements and tax reform — released last month — showed that America’s debt is…

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Imperial Congress costs us a fortune

The budget mess in Washington continues, and there are several schools of thought on how we got into it in the first place. One is the divided government theory. Americans are ticket-splitters on election day, resulting in tension and sometimes deadlocked Democratic-controlled Congress and a Republican president. Others, Jeffersonians who favor citizen government, pin the…

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