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Congress saves the Super Bowl

Thanks to former Senator Tom Coburn, Congress left town in December without reauthorizing the Terrorism Risk Insurance (TRI) program, the "temporary" program created after 9-11 to provide a taxpayer "backstop" for terrorism insurance. Senator [...]

Foreign Aid: It's (General) Electric

Last week, I blogged about President Obama's decision to increase "security cooperation" and make "significant new investments in African peacekeeping" following the U.S.-African leaders summit.  President Obama also announced that the federal [...]

How much does corporate welfare cost you?

According to a new study by the Open Books Institute, the federal government spent more than $1.2 trillion on direct payments to big corporations between 2000 and 2012. (Hat Tip: The Advocates for Self-Government). Stephen Moore of National [...]

Travel Promotion Authority case study in how Congress lobbies K Street

Tuesday the House of Representatives passed legislation renewing the Travel Promotion Authority. The Travel Promotion Authority is a public-private "partnership" formed in 2009 to encourage people from other countries to visit the United States. [...]