Everyone knows that the American people don't trust Congress. But this week in the Senate we saw why distrust of Washington is at an all-time high and why it matters.
Just look at the Export-Import Bank, which is even older than the USDA crop control program, though it is just as dysfunctional and unfair.
Given the importance of the Medicare program to America's seniors and doctors, it's worth asking: how did we end up with a bill that replaced one unsustainable cost structure with a slightly different unsustainable cost structure?
In the State of the Union last night, the president talked a lot about the challenges we face as a country, and I appreciate that he finally acknowledges that the middle class is being squeezed.
Today America faces a large and growing Opportunity Deficit. Up and down our once-flourishing economy, a new and unnatural sclerosis is taking hold. For millions of working families of or aspiring to the middle class, the American Dream is slipping out of reach.
The "Gang of Eight" bill is not immigration reform. It is big government dysfunction. It is immigration Obamacare. All advocates of true immigration reform — on the left and the right — should oppose it.
The recent scandals that have rocked the White House represent Americans' worst fears about big government: Your government is spying on you; your government is targeting you; and your government is lying to you. Americans should be outraged, but they should not be surprised.
If the goal of Monday's immigration hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee was to create the appearance of motion and evoke emotion then it was a success. I am not interested simply in motion, however. I want forward movement on comprehensive immigration reform.