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The G.O.P. Policy Test

The 2016 Republican presidential nominee will need to offer “more than lip service” to Main Street voters on health care and taxes—issues where “the immediate link between policy and take-home pay is very clear.”

New York Times, February 21, 2015
  • Stop the Rot

    Cronyism and corruption spring from a government that is too big, nomination processes that marginalize the grassroots, and incentives for congressional members and staffers to cash in with the very entities that lobby them—and all cry out for conservative reforms.

    The Weekly Standard, February 23, 2015
  • The Fight Against the Ex-Im Bank Is Not Going Well

    Despite a strong message in the last election that the American people are tired of special interests controlling Washington, Congress is falling down on one of its first and easiest opportunities to stand up for Main Street.

    The Weekly Standard, February 10, 2015
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    The Great Internet Power Grab

    With his push for the deceptively named “net neutrality,” President Obama is attempting to initiate yet another sweeping change to society without the passage of new law, and internet freedom is about to be the latest casualty of his un-republican approach to governance.

    Wall Street Journal, February 8, 2015
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    Obama’s Middle-Class Losers

    Like most of President Obama’s policies, Obamacare has hurt Main Street Americans, lowering the incomes of everyone but the bottom 20 percent and forcing them to put off important treatments because of increased costs.

    National Review, February 4, 2015
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    Obama’s War on Homemakers

    Among his many unfortunate offerings in his State of the Union address, President Obama’s proposals aimed at parents and children vividly highlights his administration’s disconnect from the values and needs of Main Street Americans.

    Bloomberg, January 22, 2015
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    President Costanza’s Jobs Boom

    With the release of a comprehensive new economic analysis that finds that cutting long-extended unemployment benefits led to “nearly all of the remarkable employment growth in the U.S. in 2014,” middle-class Americans have further proof that President Obama’s policies have failed them.

    Wall Street Journal, January 27, 2015
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    Washington Discovers the Middle Class

    The pro-growth, pro-family policies championed by Senators Mike Lee and Marco Rubio would do a lot more to help Main Street Americans than would liberals’ pro-redistribution, pro-government agenda.

    Bloomberg View, January 12, 2015

    K Street’s Biggest Opponent

    In the next Congress, Republicans have an opportunity to show whether they are the party of corporate payoffs or of limited government, of K Street or of Main Street.

    Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2014
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    How (And Why) Cronyism Works

    Tucked away on page 1602 of the omnibus spending bill is a particularly fine example of how cronyism works.

    National Review, December 10, 2014
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    Mike Lee’s Plan for a Congress That Works for Main Street

    Senator Mike Lee offers five suggestions for how Congress can move from being a dysfunctional body that works for Wall Street, K Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue, to being an effective, dynamic, deliberative body that works for Main Street.

    The Weekly Standard, November 13, 2014
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    Obama vs. the Internet

    The best way for Americans to thwart President Obama’s ploy to give government far greater control over the internet is to have Congress exercise its power of the purse.

    Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2014
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    Clear Evidence on Disincentives to Work

    Empirical evidence supports what common sense suggests—that part of the reason for recent gains in employment has been House Republicans’ decision not to re-extend federal unemployment benefits.

    Wall Street Journal, November 9, 2014
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    There’s Nothing Neutral About Net Neutrality

    So-called net neutrality is “crony capitalism pure and simple—an effort by one group of private interests to enrich itself at the expense of another group by using the power of the state.”

    Inside Sources, September 23, 2014
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    Six Reasons to Panic

    The Obama administration’s response to the Ebola threat seems to be driven as much by its immigration ideology as by its concern for protecting Americans.

    The Weekly Standard, October 27, 2014