September 19, 2013 in The Dickinson Press
The Republican-run House of Representatives voted to cut spending on food stamps for the poor by $40 billion over 10 years on Thursday, defying a veto threat from the White House in the name of fiscal reform. Continue Reading
August 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Under Ryan’s proposal, spending goes from $3.8 trillion to $4.9 trillion over the next 10 years. That is not my definition of austerity. Continue Reading
December 18, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald
In their modern form, earmarks are not a bad way for Congress to “provide for … the general Welfare of the United States,” as the Constitution directs. They’re especially better than the alternatives, most of which are less transparent, less efficient or both. Continue Reading
November 14, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald
The federal government is not in trouble because of earmarks.
The federal government is in trouble because of entitlements. That’s what’s prompting the use of the word “unsustainable” when people talk about the federal budget’s growth.
And that’s why all the talk about banning earmarks is a distraction. Continue Reading