Tag: Congress
Dishonest Interpretation

Once again the Supreme Court has strayed from declaring what preexisting law is to making law. Impatient with the pace of legislative action on amending Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual-orientation discrimination, the Supreme Court has rewritten the statute via interpretation. In Bostock v. Clayton County (a 6-3...
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Is the Federal Bureaucracy America’s Nobility?

In last month’s impeachment hearings, Stanford University law professor Pamela Karlan testified that the U.S. Constitution does not allow titles of nobility. Professor Karlan intended a witticism about Barron Trump, the president’s 13-year-old son, but she managed to raise an issue often overlooked: the possibility that America’s vast federal bureaucracy offers the equivalent to...
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The Scariest Words in Washington, D.C.

For Americans troubled by the ongoing lack of fiscal discipline on Capitol Hill, nine other words are perhaps very scary: “We have actually now agreed on the spending numbers”.

Congress Should Nix Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates

If Iran’s behavior supporting friendly proxy groups in the Middle East isn’t exactly stabilizing, the behavior of U.S. allies, Saudi Arabia and UAE, certainly hasn’t been any better.

Repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force

Congress should repeal the 2001 AUMF and allow its members to examine individually each of the numerous U.S. wars being prosecuted in far flung places.

Child Safety Accounts Would Protect School Children in Washington, DC

Thousands of Washington, DC public-school students could soon be a whole lot safer at school thanks to new legislation being considered in Congress.

The National Debt and the Control of the House

With Democrats back at the helm, more taxing & spending in sight?

A Straightforward View of Morality and the Government

If an action is immoral for me and you, it is also immoral for others, including those who constitute the government.

Principal-agent Theory and Representative Government

In recent decades economists have devoted great efforts to the analysis of the principal-agent problem (see for example Milgrom and Roberts 1992 and the Wikipedia article on “Principal-agent Problem”). This area of study has to do with the incentives and disincentives of an agent acting on behalf of a principal that he is presumed or...
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Patent Reform Is Not a Left Wing Thing

Over at R Street, Zach Graves has a good piece up looking at the American Conservative Union’s opposition to patent reform pending in the Congress. He points out that the sponsors of the much maligned legislation are not looney leftists, but solid leaders on the Right. The American Conservative Union’s own scorecard ranks members sponsoring...
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