Income Mobility

Let’s enable parents of special-needs kids to set money aside for lifetime care

My 10-year-old son, Andrew, loves his iPad, McDonald’s cheeseburgers with no pickles, walks in the woods and Disney’s Pocahontas. Since he was two, my wife and I have …

LETTER: Open Letter to the United States Senate – Support the Working Families Flexibility Act (S. 801)

Dear Senators: On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write in support of the Working Families Flexibility Act (S. 801). The legislation is a positive step toward allowing employers …

Testimony to Texas House Committee on Business and Industry

Chairman Oliveria, members, my name is Josiah Neeley, and I am the Southwest Region director for the R Street Institute. I am here today to speak against H.B. …

‘Pink slips’ evidence of a dysfunctional system

The news from the Santa Ana Unified School District board meeting should raise red flags for anyone with children in the district’s struggling school system. The board voted, …

At UC Berkeley, it pays well to worry about inequality

Former Clinton-era Labor Secretary Robert Reich, now a public-policy professor at the University of California at Berkeley, has warned that “we are heading back to levels of inequality …

How an idyllic Italian village was crippled by family-centrism

More than 60 years ago, an American family arrived in a seemingly idyllic town in Southern Italy. Stone buildings resembled “a white beehive against the top of a …

Rethinking expanded WIC eligibility and enrollment

The attached policy study was co-authored by Douglas M. Call, a senior research analyst at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. This study was adapted from the …

Texas can’t afford a minimum wage hike

After years on the back burner, the minimum wage is hot again. A national campaign to institute a $15 an hour minimum wage has picked up steam in …

Job-destroying effects of $15 minimum wage by metro, industry and occupation

The attached policy study was co-authored by Zackary Hawley, assistant professor of economics at Texas Christian University. With a host of states and municipalities implementing large minimum wage …

Bureaucracy, funding no cure for homeless problem

My office is located in a part of downtown Sacramento that the Sacramento Bee recently referred to as a “blighted and foreboding stretch of K Street.” It’s not that the …

State watchdog agency pushes for occupational licensing reform

One of the rare issues where politicians on the left and right increasingly agree involves occupational-licensing requirements – the oftentimes cumbersome government-approval processes that many workers must go …

They’ll never learn: Liberal policies boost poverty

I was perusing the real-estate listings for Palo Alto, California, and spotted a stylish, remodeled midcentury ranch house with a whopping 1,700 square feet on a postage-stamp lot …

Illinois moving to loosen occupational licensing rules for ex-offenders

When persons with “backgrounds” in Illinois want to turn their lives around, "we want them to be as productive as possible as quick as possible," state Rep. Marcus …

Build a way out of high housing prices

If there were 30 loaves of bread and 50 people who wanted them, you can guess what would happen. Prices for those loaves would rise, from, maybe, $2, …

As tax day approaches, more families should enjoy the benefits of the EITC

As the April 15 tax-filing deadline approaches, nearly 30 million low-income families will receive more than $64 billion in tax breaks from the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. Policymakers …

Adjust the EITC for cost of living

This oped was co-authored by Zackary Hawley. With the presidential election season in full swing, lots of candidates are making lots of promises, many of them short on details …

Legislators belatedly discover supply and demand

A former colleague who recently moved from California to Texas regularly posts photographs on Facebook showing what $300,000 buys over there, compared to here. One could buy a …

Trump recommends the cutting edge in failed 1980s urban renewal

In a March 21 chat with the Washington Post's editorial board, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump offered his vision for how to turn around the fortunes of struggling …

Why are farmers telling kids what to eat?

The attached policy short was published in the March 17, 2016 edition of Politico.   The law governing America’s school lunches is up for renewal this year, and the 210-page …

Filtering out bad solutions to Flint water crisis

At what was already the umpteenth Democratic presidential debate – March 6 in Flint, Michigan – Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders both vowed to use government muscle …

Slaying the dragon of occupational licensing

It’s rare to see Republicans and Democrats united on solutions to address poverty. But when it comes to reining in excessive occupational licensing laws, both sides are starting …

Federal EITC should reflect cost-of-living disparities across U.S. cities

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2016) – The Earned Income Tax Credit has been shown to be an effective incentive to work, but those benefits are lost in cities with higher …

Local labor markets and the federal Earned Income Tax Credit

The attached policy study was co-authored by Zackary Hawley. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which offers relief from federal income-tax payments for a targeted group of taxpayers, is based …

The invisible wounds of occupational licensing

At the same time the Buckeye State was celebrating the 200th anniversary of Columbus as the state's permanent capitol last week, the Ohio Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation …

Uber for welfare

This oped was co-authored by Cesar Conda, founding principal and policy adviser of Navigators Global. In this presidential cycle, the “gig economy” has been under attack, notably from Democrats like …

An unrealistic smoking ban

The regulations proposed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development described in the Nov. 13 Federal Eye column, “Plan to snuff smoking in public housing” [The Fed Page], …

Public housing smoking bans won’t work

While the Sun is right to draw attention to the significant health dangers of cigarette smoking, your editorial's implication that the experience of existing public housing authorities in …

Feds to punish public-housing tenants for smoking in their own apartments

Sometime in the next two years, if Obama administration bureaucrats get their way, public-housing tenants who smoke in their own apartments will face sanctions, fines and perhaps even …

How ridesharing could help the poor

Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft are very popular among millennials. The ease of ordering a car service directly from your smartphone is very appealing to those who …

Discouraging Marriage: The hidden cost of means-tested government ­benefits

The following piece was co-authored by R Street Associate Fellow Neil Gilbert.   Traditional marriage is in big trouble in the United States. Between 1960 and 2011, the share of …

Let’s reclaim the glory of being a ‘maker’

The following piece was co-authored by R Street State Projects Director Cameron Smith.   As summer draws to a close, millions of parents will drop their children off at schools …

Do welfare programs penalize marriage?

From The Wall Street Journal: When it comes to marriage, the U.S. tax code is roughly neutral: The number of people penalized for being married is roughly the same …

Poor families face marriage penalties as high as 32 percent

WASHINGTON (Sept. 7, 2015) – At a time when marriage rates are down in the United States and across the West, a new R Street Institute study shows …

Marriage penalties in the modern social-welfare state

This study was co-authored by R Street Associate Fellow Neil Gilbert.   Marriage rates are down in the United States. Indeed, they are down throughout almost all of the West. …

Carly Fiorina celebrates ‘Women’s Equality Day’ by paying women as much as men

Feminists long have struggled with the concept of "equal pay." Although most social justice-y gender studies majors demand that "equal pay" mean "totally, statistically equal," that standard is …

New White House report gives states a license to deregulate

Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on a lot these days. But if a recent report released by the White House on occupational licensing is any indication, we may …

Ant-Man: A hero for criminal justice reform?

Last weekend, I managed to talk my wife into seeing Ant-Man, Marvel's latest superhero movie. Not exactly at the top of anyone's superhero pantheon, to the extent the …

Texas Supreme Court strikes stupid licensing law

Last month, the Texas Supreme Court struck a blow for liberty. Progressives are predictably upset about it. In Patel v. Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the court …

America’s Greece

The world is watching the situation in Greece closely, in the wake of the nation's default last night on a $1.7 billion loan payment to the International Monetary …

The high cost of free college

While President Barack Obama was gathering victories critical to his legacy last week on Capitol Hill and at the Supreme Court, the D.C. Council worked on another of …

Good intentions and bad incentives in New York’s housing market

It’s a sad state of affairs when all sides agree a policy is bad, but none can muster the will to do anything about it. That's the situation …

Campaign of contradictions

During the first post-announcement speech of her second presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton took a page out of the book of the godfather of the welfare state himself, Franklin …

Letter to House Education and the Workforce Committee on workforce mobility

Dear Committee Members, On behalf of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington and with offices in five states, I write to urge your support …

Postal banking is an idea whose time has come—and gone

From 1911 through 1967, the old U.S. Post Office offered savings accounts. The enterprise started because private banks seldom insured deposits. The establishment of the Federal Deposit Insurance …

Saving Atlantic City: A mayor who thinks small may be the answer

Atlantic City, N.J. – Just about every morning when the weather is nice, Don Guardian rides his bike along the boardwalk and digs into the beach sand. "They're …

Obama admin wants ‘economic diversity’ for wealthy neighborhoods

The City of Chicago has an interesting Section 8 philosophy that mandates apartment buildings - even the really fancy ones - have a certain number of abodes set …

California’s conservatives should draw from the Tory playbook

California is a deep blue state, but there is reason for California conservatives to be optimistic. And it's not just that the structural apogee of liberal influence in …

Bernie Sanders wants to spend $5B to employ 1 million young people

There's something you have to admire about Sen. Bernie Sanders: when he commits to something, he commits all the way. While most of his ideas might be half-baked, …

Reagan thought taxing the poor was a bad idea; Alabama should too

Alabamians below the federal poverty line should not pay income taxes. In spite of the fact that almost 20 percent of Alabama's population falls below the poverty level, Alabama …

If payday loans are horrible, what about federal student loans?

When I was researching payday loans, I came across an interesting statistic: Within three years of entering into repayment, 13.7 percent of federal student loans wind up in …

IRS created tool to calculate Obamacare repayments, didn’t share with public

The Internal Revenue Service developed an online tool that would have helped Americans who received health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act to better calculate their tax …

Credit unions should focus on the middle class

As the 2016 presidential and congressional elections draw nearer, credit unions and their representatives undoubtedly will be meeting with any number of potential candidates for office. For those …

Gwyneth Paltrow takes SNAP challenge, fails miserably

Years ago, in need of some unintentional hilarity in my life, I signed up for Gwyneth Paltrow's "lifestyle email newsletter" called, somewhat unappetizingly, "GOOP." Since then, on a …

Does no one die rich in Atlanta?

Lifehacker calls attention to this two-year-old chart by Amanda Cox and Shan Carter of the New York Times graphics department, illustrating relative income mobility in various U.S. cities, …

Marx, Smith, Amplifyd and Nestle: social investing in 2015

One of the more interesting signs that the economy is picking up again is the new focus on social responsibility emanating from the C-suites of major corporations. The …

Rand Paul on why Republicans should care about Selma

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was two years old when 500 marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on Sunday, March 7, 1965, to promote voting rights for …

Addressing the real drivers of the explosion in food stamps

The U.S. House may not be able to agree on much when it comes to the size and scope of federal programs, but one thing has been clear …

Why the two-earner tax credit is a flawed approach

In his most recent State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama laid out a litany of tax proposals, including a $500 tax credit to households where there …

Sanders talks child care and Head Start on The Big Picture

R Street Outreach Director and Senior Fellow Lori Sanders joined host Thom Hartmann on his RT show The Big Picture to discuss President Barack Obama's new childcare proposal …

Responding to Ferguson by building bridges across the racial divide

As the dust, smoke and gunfire in Ferguson, Mo., subside, Americans are left with realities that many of us would rather not confront. The circumstances surrounding the shooting …

America should learn from the German job-training model, but not copy it

The U.S. labor market may finally be picking up steam, but when it comes to our structural labor problems, big questions about stagnant wages and underemployed workers remain. Will …

Labor force participation rates paint a bleak economic picture

Most politicians know how to articulate their political goals. Whether it is low-cost energy, explosive job creation, less bureaucratic red tape, more personal freedom or high quality education, …

‘War on Public Education’ focuses more on preserving public system than education

In case you missed it, the beleaguered Alabama Education Association does not like public school choice. The AEA has referred to the Alabama Accountability Act, which created a …

Let’s help the strivers

In 2009, Bryce Harper—then a sophomore at Las Vegas High School and already the best high school baseball player in the nation—made the unusual and controversial decision to …

Tax reform and the family life cycle

Over the last several decades, one of the central objectives of conservative tax reformers has been to "neutralize" the tax code – to cut down on the incentives …

Small Business Coalition letter to Gov. Christie

  Sept. 15, 2014 The Honorable Chris Christie Governor of New Jersey State House Trenton, NJ 08625 Gov. Christie, We are encouraged by recent movements by the state Legislature calling for the elimination of the …

Hiking the minimum wage won’t help the poor

The ground has been shifting in the battle over the minimum wage. With President Obama's proposal to hike the national minimum from $7.25 to $9 an hour …

A negative income tax beats both the minimum wage and welfare

Recently, there have been demonstrations by fast food workers and labor unions calling for an increase in the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to a …

Not-so-common core

At last week's 40th annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislators, several rock stars lit up the stage and podium. I'm not mostly talking about sold-out …

For insurers, California’s ‘diverse procurement’ is well-meaning and wrong

Under Section 927.2 of the California Insurance Code, insurers writing $100 million or more in annual premiums in the state are required to submit reports to the Department …

Sanders on Paul Ryan’s poverty plan

R Street Senior Fellow Lori Sanders joined Lowman Henry of American Radio Journal to discuss the anti-poverty agenda put forth recently by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, …

Vote for R Street at SXSW 2015

We've put together four awesome panels for SXSW Interactive. Your vote can help us bring free market ideas to Austin's annual gathering of 30,000 technologists, activists, and entrepreneurs. Please …

Ryan’s opening bid

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled his draft "opportunity agenda" in a speech this morning at the American Enterprise Institute, offering a plan broad and bold enough to give …

Keeping the American Dream alive is your responsibility and mine

In our country, we have all heard about one particular dream. Our parents likely mentioned it. We might have heard about it from a teacher or pastor or …

R Street applauds Rep. Gardner’s Earned Income Tax Credit bill

WASHINGTON (July 11, 2014) –The R Street Institute today welcomed the introduction by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., of the Earnings Advancement and Recovery Now Act, or EARN Act. By …

Let it grow

Last week, the Washington Post detailed a phenomenon which, to many twenty-something residents (or former residents) of the District of Columbia, is all too familiar: young people are …

The Burkean case for immigration reform

Demos blogger Matt Bruenig, in an apparently Burkean mood, writes: The biggest factor in production is not nature, labor, or capital, but in fact accumulated technology and knowledge that …

Student debt isn’t the problem. Colleges are.

If you borrowed money from the federal government to finance your education and you're having an extremely hard time paying it back, I have good news for you. …

De Blasio’s welfare mistake

If you care about fighting poverty, the best thing you can do is to simply give poor people money. That is the view of some of the smartest, …

School reformers should try to make public schools cheaper, not just better

Say you were given $26,000 to educate a young kid for a year. Do you think you could put that money to good use? I do. In most of …

Is the U.S. more like Sweden or Qatar?

Yet again, House Speaker John Boehner is in trouble with conservative lawmakers. This time it's because he wisecracked at a Rotary Club luncheon about his fellow House Republicans' …

How the tea party movement can save itself and become a force for good

The tea party is the most maligned major political movement of our time. But it has been maligned for all the wrong reasons. I am happy to report, though, …

Facebook, McDonald’s and the divided American workforce

On Wednesday, Facebook released data on its performance in the first quarter of 2014, and the results were very impressive. The social network has succeeded in monetizing its …

Internships are an important rung on the ladder of opportunity

Prohibiting unpaid internships is an effective way to withhold economic opportunity from young and ambitious men and women, particularly those from modest backgrounds. That, of course, is not the …

The Cliven Bundy in all of us

At first glance, Cliven Bundy, the Nevada cattle-rancher who has been fighting the Bureau of Land Management tooth and nail for more than 20 years, might strike you …

Paul Krugman isn’t a hypocrite

Paul Krugman may be America's foremost public intellectual. He's certainly a contender for the title. He has done more than any other thinker to sound the alarm about …

Facing Social Security’s ignoble lie

That federal entitlement programs are heading for an increasingly unavoidable crisis has (justifiably) become conventional wisdom in Washington. What's more, these programs unquestionably hold the lion's share of …

How to get Americans back to work

Friday's Labor Department data shows an uptick in jobs, but an unemployment rate that remained steady from February to March. While the size of the labor force is …

Sanders talks robopocalypse on FBC’s ‘The Independents’

R Street Outreach Director Lori Sanders joined hosts Kennedy, Kmele Foster and Matt Welch (editor of Reason magazine) on Fox Business Channel's "The Independents" to discuss whether the …

Tax credits and children: Parents should pay lower taxes, and childless people should pay higher taxes

When my mother was my age, she was working full time while raising three small children, and she spent every spare moment studying to finish a graduate degree. …

Survey finds businesses would reducing hiring, raise prices to offset minimum wage hike

Though the Congressional Budget Office has already warned that the proposed $10.10 federal minimum wage could cost the economy at least 500,000 jobs over the next two years, President …

People who can’t afford cars don’t need their own parking spaces

Imagine a world in which every apartment is required by law to include accommodation for around-the-clock butler services. In this world, developers would have to add an additional …

The one budget proposal worth seizing

President Obama’s new budget for fiscal year 2015 is almost entirely free of surprises. The Obama administration supports a number of large tax increases, most but not all …

Movin’ on up to the right side

In a debate near the end of her premiership, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was faced with a questioner who complained that while "the prime minister has achieved …

Justice trumps compassion

Late in season two of House of Cards (spoiler alert!), the show's protagonist, Vice President Francis Underwood, is confronted with a thorny and uncharacteristically human problem when Freddy, …

R Street applauds introduction of the American Worker Mobility Act

WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2014) - The R Street Institute welcomed news of the introduction of H.R. 4033, the American Worker Mobility Act, sponsored by Reps. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., …

Why doesn’t the left push a universal basic income?

It seems barely a week goes by without the release of some statistic that sparks an unwieldy volume of conflicting interpretations. Last week, it was the projection by …

Salam on whether racist incidents are on the rise

Over at CNN's OutFront with Erin Burnett, R Street's Reihan Salam joined Mark Potok, senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center, to discuss a recent incident in …

Join AFF and R Street’s Lori Sanders for a panel on the right’s response to poverty

Yesterday, the Washington Post published a damning chart examining the War on Poverty. The chart showed the poverty rate's fluctuations over the last 50 years, once taxes and …

The Obamacare trap

Last week's release of Congressional Budget Office numbers showing that Obamacare is projected to decrease employment by 2.5 million jobs has, by now, been litigated almost to the …

Let’s Move: A better approach to poverty

The following piece was co-authored by R Street President Eli Lehrer. President Obama's State of the Union speech brimmed with ideas to increase upward mobility and spur job creation—most …

SOTU: Obama defines the challenge, but misses the solution

For those who care about wage stagnation, alleviating poverty and increasing income mobility, the president's speech Tuesday night was a mixed bag. Granted, it's difficult to delve deep …

Geographic mobility as a cure for income mobility

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson launched the "War on Poverty" during his first State of the Union address, President Barack Obama is widely expected to revisit that …

Handouts aren’t enough

Conservatives, for the first time in quite a while, are beginning to take the issue of poverty seriously. Tea party figures like Marco Rubio and Mike Lee have …

From Marco Rubio, a new approach to ending poverty

I realize that I ought to be writing about Chris Christie, the recently re-elected Republican governor of New Jersey, who has just had a brush with political death. …

Are we all #fullcommunists now?

The explosively angry reaction on the right to Jesse Myerson's recent Rolling Stone piece, "Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For" is, like its earlier reaction to …

R Street says Obama’s ‘Promise Zones’ continue failed place-based relief

WASHINGTON (Jan. 9, 2013) – A new White House initiative to ladle federal funding on socially and economically challenged communities continues a policy of "place-based relief" that has …

R Street scholars argue relocation is key to fighting poverty

WASHINGTON (Jan. 2, 2014) – Decades of declining geographic mobility have been a key contributor to stagnating incomes and, more recently, persistently high unemployment rates, R Street President …

Moving to work

The following piece was co-authored by R Street President Eli Lehrer. Between 1776 and 1890, when the U.S. Census Bureau famously declared the frontier closed, Americans who found themselves …

‘Ban the Box’ goes too far…and not far enough

All over the country, towns, cities and even states have begun a move towards policies that "ban the box" and forbid employers from asking individuals about previous criminal …

The election Obamacare postponed

Imagine a purely hypothetical election. An incumbent president who is despised with unmatched wrath by his party base is swept out of office in disgrace after his administration's …

The 375 Charts You Must See

For years, blog posts promising "The One Chart That Explains" some complex subject or "Three Graphs Tell You Everything You Need to Know About" a current policy debate …

Finding new ways to make work pay

One of the scariest notions about America's sluggish labor market recovery is that it doesn’t represent an aberration, but rather a new reality in which good jobs are …

School choice: a solution to bullying

As readers may or may not be aware, it's School Choice Week. However, given the items in the news, you could be forgiven for not knowing. In fact, …

Does the right need to call a ceasefire on the safety net?

American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks recently claimed the right needs to declare a ceasefire on the safety net, a controversial statement for the leader of what is …

Salam on whether unpaid internships should be legal

R Street Senior Fellow Reihan Salam recently joined political commentator Stephanie Miller and Mediaite's Joe Concha to discuss unpaid White House internships on CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront. …

Why libertarians won’t vote for Cuccinelli

Next week, voters in Virginia will go to the polls to choose the next governor of their state, and if current forecasts are any guide, it will be …

Georgia Republicans to the poor: ‘We can’t hear you now’

If you want to reduce fraud and abuse in a government program, you can figure out the sources and experiment with reasonable solutions. Or you can do what …

A vindication of Juggalo society: Why America is increasingly down with the clown, and that’s ok

In February 2012, Cato Institute Vice President Gene Healy tweeted what may be the funniest think tank tweet to date: "Someday, the 'Think Tank Network' (TTN) will sponsor …

Why I am not a libertarian populist

"You have the courage to tell the masses what no politician told them: you are inferior and all the improvements in your condition which you simply take for …

Support Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act

September 18, 2013 An Open Letter to the House of Representatives: Support Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act Dear Representative, On behalf of the R Street Institute, I write today to express …

Sanders on the conservative case to tackle poverty

R Street Outreach Manager Lori Sanders joins Michael Graham, host of the The Weekly Standard's podcast, to discuss her recent piece on why Republicans need to take poverty …

Don’t forget the poor

The following piece was co-authored by R Street President Eli Lehrer. After five decades of liberal antipoverty programs that have produced only failure and futility, it is more than …

Libertarian populism’s female problem

In the search for a fresh GOP narrative after 2012's losses, "libertarian populism" has emerged as perhaps the most viable alternative, partially because it already has a few …

It isn’t the McDonald’s budget that’s out of touch; it’s the media

Last week, the Northeast-corridor media ran wild with pithy derision over an effort led by McDonald's and Visa to provide McDonald's employees with financial planning tools and advice. …

Hey big corporations, D.C. doesn’t want your lousy jobs

Jobs? We don’t need no steeeenking jobs! That could be the motto of the D.C. City Council. Last week, the council voted to impose a “super-minimum wage” on large …

A DC neighborhood’s ills: Bad policy knows no party

For the first time in the 15 years since I graduated from college and moved to the Washington, D.C. area, I feel like I'm working in a real …

Conservatives need a ‘head start’ on income inequality

No one doubts the unfortunate outcomes that many children from lower-income households face: lower high school  and college graduation rates, reduced earnings and higher rates of out-of-wedlock birth, …

From March Madness to the Hunger Games

I was in North Carolina last week. North Carolina is, I believe the only state in the union where the Monday after Easter is a state holiday to …

A less lively CPAC

The Conservative Political Action Conference is clearly not as energized as last year, due largely to the intervening national election, which  many of these folks had thought would …

The party of prison reform

Michael Hough​—​a second-term Republican state legislator from Frederick County, Md.​—​is about as conservative as blue-state legislators come. He played a prominent role in opposing the state’s new gay …

Jan. 29 letter on the Immigration Innovation Act

Dear Leaders Reid and McConnell, We write to urge your colleagues to support the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013. America's immigration system is in need of reform, especially with …

What we are and aren’t getting out of the debates

A 21-year-old Bangladeshi man tried to blow up the building next to where my children live yesterday.  He was sent to our country on a student visa by …

The ‘R’ word – responsibility

When I was engaged full-time in law enforcement, I was once searching a house pursuant to a federal warrant. While I was looking for evidence of the federal …

HUD holding millions of relief dollars hostage

Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski is taking on U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan over $589 million in disaster relief funds. The federal government is threatening to …

Cut Medicare and Social Security now

Everyone has a different way of defining the "fat" in the federal budget. Liberals like to point to waste at the Pentagon and certain types of "corporate welfare" …

Round-up from CPAC Chicago

After road-testing in Florida not long ago, the mobile version of the Conservative Political Action Conference hit Chicago last week. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was the most …

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