Washington Update for the Week Ending February 17, 2017

Today marks four weeks since President Trump was sworn in. In that time he has signed 23 executive orders, signed five bills into law, seen 12 members of his cabinet confirmed, nominated one justice to the Supreme Court, fired one acting attorney general, asked for the resignation of his national security advisor, and sent 168 […]

Employers Beware, NLRB Shows Grit in Protecting Walkouts and Informal Strikes by Non-union Workers

Employers are finding themselves on thin ice in their response to employees’ walkouts, informal strikes and other activities that include demands for higher wages and improved working conditions. However, employees who participate in “general strikes” unrelated to work, such as the “general strike against Trump” planned for February 17, may not be protected by federal […]

Disability Program on GAO’s “High Risk” List

Every two years the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identifies and reports on government operations that are “high risk” – meaning vulnerable to fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement and inefficiency.  I know, I know…the entire government could be considered “high risk,” but for the sake of keeping this blog post short, let’s focus on one program identified in the GAO’s most recent […]

Things Are Happening Fast in Washington, Says NCPA Legislative Director

NCPA Legislative Director Brian Williams reports from D.C. Breaking news– Today, the Trump Administration announced that the economy created 227,000 jobs last month. Obama-era economists were only expecting 175,000 jobs.  The workforce participation rate is up 0.2% as well, which is another sign that folks are starting to go back to work. Breaking news– Today, […]

Are “Deficit Hawks” Prepared for Trump’s Proposed Spending Cuts?

It’s amazing how those who cared little for spending deficits during Obama’s presidency have suddenly become deficit hawks just hours before Trump’s inauguration.  (Paul Krugman, are you listening?) The national debt is now $20 trillion, double what it was eight years ago.  In all fairness President Obama was not responsible for all of this due to mandatory spending […]

Tax Extenders in 2017

In a rush to keep the government funded through April 2017, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill last month that includes no mention of tax cut extensions that expired at the end of 2016.  But take heart, most of the tax breaks that folks have become accustomed to were made permanent at the end […]

On A Personal Note

Update:  I ran the following blog post last year in response to the ubiquitous inflatable yard creatures that are found in most neighborhoods.  While I thought they may be on the decline, this year there are more than ever…and not just around Christmas time either. First, let me start by saying I love the free market – whether […]

Sam Johnson takes on Social Security Reform

As Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee of House Ways and Means, Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Tex) has introduced the “Social Security Reform Act of 2016” as a way to extend the solvency of Social Security and eliminate many provisions that are seen as unfair.  Of course, the media and people on the left are couching […]

What Happened in Washington Last Week?

  Last week concluded the Second Session of the 114th Congress. The First Session of the 115th Congress kicks off on January 3, 2017.  They intend to get to work right away on a budget resolution to repeal Obamacare, cancel as many harmful Obama-era regulations as possible, and begin the confirmation process for the Trump Administration […]

Let’s Scrap Pension Systems Altogether

The Dallas Police and Firefighter pension system is a mess.  As with many big-city pensions that run the risk of bankruptcy, there are many factors that have contributed to the underfunding of the pension system: A generous system that allows workers to take lump sums from their pensions while remaining on the job (this is […]