Tag: Congress
Why the Casual Attitude Toward Inflation?
The Federal Reserve and the Biden administration seem to have a very casual attitude toward inflation. When inflation started to draw some attention, the Federal Reserve’s official line was that it was transitory. In June, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said it was temporary, and John Williams, President of the New York Federal Reserve...
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An Empirical Defense of Congressional Filibusters and Super-Majority Voting Rules
Deliberative democracy is a noble ideal that politics reduces to romantic fiction. Deliberations rarely produce unanimous agreement due to the divergent interests of politicians and their constituencies. The upshot is that policy issues, both great and small, often are resolved by narrow majority votes. As the jurist and legal scholar Robert Bork noted, even...
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Conflicts of Interest at the Fed and Congress
The Federal Reserve is trying very hard to get ahead of a potential conflict-of-interest scandal. Several high-ranking Fed officials have investments in securities the U.S. central bank has been buying to stimulate the economy. Consequently, these officials have conflicts of interest in considering policies that might materially affect the value of their investments. Reuters...
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Reality Check Ahead on Deficit Spending
George Orwell has a famous insight from his 1945 work Notes on Nationalism. “One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.” Most people run into this insight in a paraphrased form. “There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could...
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Congress Institutionalizes Dangerous Distortions of Language
The rules package for the 117th Congress requires pronouns to “to be gender neutral or removes references to gender, as appropriate, to ensure we are inclusive of all Members, Delegates, Resident Commissioners and their families—including those who are nonbinary.” The rules banish words like father, mother, son, daughter, uncle, or aunt. In strict compliance,...
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The Senate Should Dismiss the Article of Impeachment
IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE IN THE MATTER OF THE IMPEACHMENT OF DONALD JOHN TRUMP DEFENDANT’S MOTION TO DISMISS This matter comes before the United States Senate on Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss. Because Defendant is no longer president, vice president, or a civil officer of the United States, the Article of Impeachment should be...
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The Real Danger of the Capitol Incident: Suppression of Truth and Dissent
Americans are completely correct in expressing utter disgust with the outrageous violent turn of the election protest at the Capitol on January 6th. People who smashed windows, pushed through barricades, injured others, and fought with police should be promptly prosecuted. In a system of ordered liberty, all forms of violent conduct are always dead...
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A Coronavirus Spending Scandal
Seven months ago, the U.S. Congress rushed to pass the CARES Act, a $2 trillion emergency spending package that funded hundreds of coronavirus relief programs meant to help regular Americans cope with the impact of the pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has proven one thing about that spending: The federal government is not very good...
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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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