This Week in Congress

Slow week in DC as the House is still out on spring break (district work period.) The Senate came back today and passed a bill (S. 1890) extending federal jurisdiction over the theft of "trade secrets." The rest of the week the Senate will [...]

James Bovard has intimate relations (with the TSA)

The Transportation Security Agency recently responded to a 2011 court order that they justify their harassment of airline travelers with a 157 page Federal Register notice. Surprisingly (for the three people reading this who might still trust the [...]

This week in Congress: March 21, 2016

The US Senate is not in session until April 4th. The US House is in session Monday, Tuesday, and  Wednesday, following which the House will recess until April 12. Monday and Tuesday the House will consider bills under "suspension of the [...]

Without government who will close the subways?

Next time someone tells you Government is more efficient than the private sector show them this:  The D.C. Metro system will be shutting down entirely Wednesday for safety checks, according to multiple reports. An announcement is expected [...]

What do you get when you combine the IRS with crony capitalism

Something really bad... Campaign for Liberty has joined a collation letter in opposition to HR 4141. This legislation gives the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) authority to license tax preparers. Proponents of the bill claim that the IRS needs [...]

Private company closes for 6 months to avoid harming more consumers...

That seems like an odd headline, giving that any private company that was so plagued with problems that consumers literally risked death by using the product would soon find itself out of business. On the other hand, when the government [...]

Ron Paul Classic: It's About Rights

Today marks six years since President Obama signed the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (Obamacare) into law. Ironically, today the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell.  Little [...]

FDA considering manure regulations

No, I am not kidding, and I am not commenting on the quality of FDA regulations... The hard-working folks at the Food and Drug Administration have announced a new initiative  to "....conduct a risk assessment to determine how much consumer [...]

This week in the Senate: Another assault on Federalism

Yesterday, the Senate confirmed a new Secretary of Education. Today, the Senate takes up legislation (S. 2609)  creating new national standards for GMO labeling and preempting state GMO labeling laws. I wrote about the House version of the [...]

This Week in Congress: War, Taxes, and Regulations

So what else is new... The House of Representatives comes back to D.C. today. Today, they will consider fourteen bills under suspension of the rules. Among the bills considered is H.Con.Res. 11, a resolution calling on the U.S. Representative [...]