Peter Orszag and Nancy-Ann DeParle, the White House's budget director and health care point person, respectively, have an op-ed in the Washington Post this morning making one last case that currently proposed health care reform legislation is, in fact, fiscally responsible. They focus on the reform's provider-side reforms—in particular, the independent Medicare commission that will have the awesome power to make suggestions about how to keep costs down—and the bill's CBO-certified deficit reduction. One thing they don't note: the $950 billion overall cost of President Obama's latest version of the plan. Even if the hoped-for deficit reductions materialize—a hope that's in some doubt—the plan would add nearly a trillion dollars in new spending over the first ten year, and more like $1.8 trillion over the actual first ten years. Remember: Cutting the deficit is not the same as spending less.
The black market still dominates. And more enforcement and fines aren’t going to fix it.
Kamala Harris Does Not Understand Why the Constitution Should Get in the Way of Her Gun Control Agenda
The presidential contender conspicuously fails to explain the legal basis for her plan to impose new restrictions by executive fiat.
Advocating for gun control is no longer enough. On Thursday night, the Democratic presidential candidates promised gun confiscation.
The "assault weapons" that the presidential contender wants to confiscate are not especially deadly, but the symbolism of that policy is poisonous.