Making Congress Responsible

Four reforms would help Congress “break and control the violence of faction”: ban committee chairs from taking money from donors with business before the committee; ban former members from lobbying; have Congress provide more of its own information; and have the House Rules Committee stop logrolls.

National Affairs, Spring 2015
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    Ex-Im and Beyond

    The biggest problem with the Export-Import Bank is that it helps fuel the corrosive client-patron lobbying culture that allies Big Business and Big Government at the expense of Main Street and republican government.

    The Weekly Standard, May 18, 2015
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    Barack Obama, Corporate Shill

    The Obama administration has consistently favored corporate cronyism over the well-being of everyday Americans.

    The Weekly Standard, March 19, 2015
  • Why GOP ‘Insiders’ Thwart Conservative Reformers

    So long as there is a revolving door between Congress and lobbying firms—and so long as the GOP uses a presidential nomination process that was designed by the left wing of the Democratic Party—the Republican Party will continue to defy the wishes of rank-and-file conservative voters.

    The Weekly Standard, March 17, 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
  • How to Rebuke a President

    Formally censuring President Obama would complement and strengthen efforts to use the power of the purse to stop his lawless actions, which “would destroy our system of government” should they become the norm.

    The Weekly Standard, December 1, 2014
  • Speak for Middle America

    Voters don’t just want to hear what Republicans dislike about liberal policies; they want to know what the GOP would do to reverse the ill-effects of those policies, re-limit government, and take the country in a better direction.

    The Weekly Standard, September 29, 2014
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    Crony Capitalism Has Deep Roots

    Congress’s failure to kill the Export-Import Bank— “the lowest of low-hanging fruit in the sprawling tree of American political corruption”—is just the latest chapter in a long story of special-interest politics at the expense of the common good.

    The Weekly Standard, September 22, 2014
  • The Astonishing Unpopularity of Congressional Republicans

    As they continue to defy the wishes of rank-and-file GOP voters—on immigration and a host of other Main Street issues—congressional Republicans’ approval rating among their own party is a dismal minus-27 percent, versus +31 percent for congressional Democrats among their own party.

    The Weekly Standard, September 9, 2014
  • Slouching Toward the Senate?

    The GOP needs to demonstrate that it’s the party that offers an alternative to liberal policies.

    The Weekly Standard, September 9, 2014
  • Voters vs. Leaders

    As last week’s upset in Virginia shows, voters want GOP leaders to champion policies on behalf of the typical person on Main Street, not well-connected entities on Wall Street.

    The Weekly Standard, June 23, 2014
  • Obamacare Insurer Subsidies in Action: The Case of Humana

    Obamacare’s “Three R’s” are collectively masking the (already high) cost of insurance sold through the Obamacare exchanges, as money flows from everyday Americans to insurance companies that function as clients of the state.

    The Weekly Standard, May 8, 2014
  • The Conservative Case Against Obamacare: A Restatement

    The case against Obamacare is as strong as ever: It has smoke-and-mirrors funding, creates a socially perverse array of winners and losers, undermines jobs and prosperity, restricts choices, and increases costs.

    The Weekly Standard, April 21, 2014
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    Not Ready for Hillary

    To win back the presidency, the Republican Party needs to combine a solid reform agenda with a candidate who prioritizes the middle class over elite special-interest groups.

    The Weekly Standard, March 24, 2014