Here are my humble suggestions for legislative action in the 114th Congress and my send off for an ineffective 113th Congress.
Downsize government and cut the overhead.
- Fewer cabinet-level departments. More »
- Fewer Congressional committees, more Member expertise. More »
- Jones Act. More »
- Oil export ban. More »
- Dairy Product Price Support Program, a.k.a., the Milk Cliff. More »
- A sensible immigration policy. More »
- A real energy policy that includes resource conservation, resource transportation, and emission abatement. More »
- An end to all debt subsidies and incentives for personal and corporate debt financing. More »
Being a lawmaker isn't just about making laws. It's also about fixing past mistakes. The 113th Congress failed on both accounts. A recent Lexington column in The Economist put it this way:
Populists peddling false remedies (Close the borders! Quit the EU! Secede!) must be debated and beaten. But let political leaders everywhere tell their publics the truth: the years of easy post-war growth are gone, replaced by competition that cannot be wished away, and so must be met head-on—and ideally harnessed. That will take hard work and new ideas. Time to wake up.'Nuf said.