Reform Articles

Don't Crash the Cadillac Tax, GOP

7:30 AM, Dec 15, 2015

When the Democrats passed Obamacare (without a single Republican vote), part of how they were allegedly going to pay for it was through a "Cadillac tax" on expensive employer-based insurance. Yet, this week, many Republicans are working with Democrats to delay or even repeal this tax. For three reasons, Republicans' constituents shouldn't be at all happy about these efforts.

First, this is an attempt to "fix" Obamacare, something Republicans shouldn't be in the business of trying to do. Second, it would actually make Obamacare even more expensive and hence even worse—while at the same time letting Democrats off the hook for their policy choices and causing corporate lobbyists to lose a significant portion of their

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Republicans to Ram ‘Criminal Justice Reform’ Through ‘Quickly’

12:51 PM, Oct 12, 2015

With crime rising in America and police increasingly under siege, many Senate Republicans have decided it’s a good time to liberalize federal sentencing policies—and to do so “quickly.”  One has to wonder at Republicans’ timing.  At what would appear to be a Richard Nixon or Rudy Giuliani moment, Republicans are partnering with Barack Obama to respond like George McGovern.

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Fixing the Court

Priority number one for the next president?
Aug 10, 2015

Ted Cruz, who in 1996 clerked for then-chief justice William Rehnquist and is now a first-term senator and GOP presidential candidate, has assumed the leadership of conservatives aiming to rein in a Supreme Court they fault for imposing on the country rights not found in the Constitution. This is hardly a new issue for conservatives; in a past now faraway, it was also an issue for some liberals.

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Walker's Agenda: 'Reform, Growth, Safety'

8:46 PM, Jul 13, 2015

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker entered the Republican presidential race Monday in a forward-looking announcement speech that touched upon conservative principles that have guided his work in the state. 

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'The Seventy Four'

4:21 PM, Jun 23, 2015

Campbell Brown has launched the, a new online outlet dedicated to covering education. 

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The Late Great Market

Capitalism unmoored from the codes of behavior assumed by Adam Smith cannot survive
May 11, 2015

The American system of market-based capitalism is in trouble. And the reasons are not the ones commonly cited. The trouble is not that the financial system came close to collapse in the fall of 2008: We have experienced panics before, and the ability of the political and regulatory authorities to cope proves that the financial system is resilient and capable of being coaxed back from the brink of disaster.

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Hillary Clinton Calls for Criminal Justice Reform

1:10 PM, Apr 29, 2015

At a Manhattan fundraiser yesterday (as noted by The Hill), potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke of the rioting in Baltimore by invoking a theme of the Obama administration: the need for reform of the criminal justice system.

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Trolling for Trolls

.  .  . and securing crony capitalism’s future.
Apr 27, 2015

With congressional Republicans back from their spring recess, presumably revived and resolved to keep our country competitive, there is one more thing they should do to gird up for the resumption of legislative business.

They should take a contemplative stroll down the National Mall.

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Rand: 'We Need Immigration Reform'

'I think having no immigration reform is a non-starter.'
9:28 PM, Apr 07, 2015

Rand Paul argued for immigration reform in an interview tonigth with Fox News's Sean Hannity:

"Immigration is a huge issue," said Hannity. "You said that it's impossible to get comprehensive immigration reform. So your position now is?"

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Fix the GOP, Don’t Abandon It

A message to Glenn Beck.
6:01 AM, Mar 26, 2015

Last week, to much fanfare, Glenn Beck declared that he was leaving the Republican party and becoming an independent. During a Tuesday night appearance on the O’Reilly Factor, Beck explained his decision thusly:

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Why GOP 'Insiders' Thwart Conservative Reformers

It's the political structure, stupid.
6:01 AM, Mar 17, 2015

Tom Cotton’s letter to the Iranian regime has spurred furious blowback from liberals. They want the president to cut a deal with Iran, and Cotton’s letter gets in the way; thus, they’ve engaged in a specious fight over inter-branch protocol. Never mind that the president is looking to sign an agreement with an enemy without the advice and consent of the Senate.

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Obama Tells Jeb to Lobby Fellow Republicans to Support Immigration

7:59 PM, Feb 25, 2015

In a town hall in Miami, President Obama encouraged probable Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush to lobby folks in his party to support immigration reform:

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Obama Vows to Fight Court's Decision Against Executive Amnesty 'Very Aggressively'

7:05 PM, Feb 25, 2015

In an MSNBC townhall in Miami, President Obama vows to fight the court ruling against the executive amnesty he adopted last year.

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White House Backs Down on College Savings Accounts

9:09 AM, Jan 28, 2015

Bernie Becker of the The Hill writes that:

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Walker's First Ad

8:00 AM, Jan 28, 2015

The first ad making the case for Scott Walker for president of the United States, from his newly formed committee called Our American Revival:

"America stands on the brink," says the voiceover. "At a time and place in our history where failed leaders preside over a nation adrift. With family incomes in steady decline. Dreams stifled. A foreign policy that apologizes for America and projects weakness abroad."

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Prospect of Real Immigration Solution Dimmed By President’s Unilateral Action

12:00 AM, Nov 29, 2014

“Give me your tired, your poor … your huddled masses … wretched refuse … the homeless,” implores the Lady in New York harbor. Little can she know that 11.4 million of these “tempest-tost” souls are already here, having arrived illegally, most from Mexico and points south. Some 4-5 million of those illegal, or “undocumented” immigrants to use the description preferred by pro-immigration advocates, no longer are threatened with deportation orders.

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Fired Up Obama to Immigration Activists: 'No Force On Earth Can Stop Us'

'Si se puede, si votamos! Yes, we can, if we vote!'
7:36 PM, Oct 02, 2014

A fired up President Barack Obama had a message to immigration activists at a dinner this evening in Washington, D.C.: "no force on earth can stop us." 

"The clearest path to change is to change [the voter turnout] number," said Obama "Si se puede, si votamos! Yes, we can, if we vote!"

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Paying for Paving

Tax driving, not gas.
Aug 11, 2014

Everyone involved in the Kabuki theater surrounding the nine-month extension of revenue for the highway trust fund has so far played their parts perfectly.

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Key Chairman Blames Obama's Lack of Enforcement for Killing Immigration Reform

With the flood of immigrants, Obama's lack of enforcement has “come home to roost.”
10:45 AM, Jun 26, 2014

Immigration reform is deader than ever in 2014 and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says President Obama is to blame.

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The Great Upsets: Brat 2014 and Bell 1978

6:22 AM, Jun 11, 2014

In the New York Times, Jonathan Martin calls David Brat's defeat of House majority leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary "one of the most stunning primary election upsets in congressional history."

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Hot and Bothered: When Liberals Want Conservatives to Talk About Climate Change Instead of the Middle Class

1:48 PM, Jun 04, 2014

"Everything reminds Milton of the money supply," Robert Solow once said of his fellow Nobel-winning economist Milton Friedman at a symposium. "Well, everything reminds me of sex, but I keep it out of the paper."

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'The Problem with Reform Conservatism'

6:12 AM, May 23, 2014

Matthew Continetti, writing for the Washington Free Beacon:

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Experts: Veterans' Disability Programs Need Reform

9:42 AM, Mar 14, 2014

Daniel Gade lost his right leg in Iraq. But Gade, an assistant professor of political science at the U.S. Military Academy, does not consider himself disabled. Instead, he uses himself as an example of how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs often inaccurately assesses disability.

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A Winning Alternative to Obamacare

6:00 AM, Feb 10, 2014

Obamacare is failing. Faced with this unpleasant reality, President Obama offered up during his State of the Union address his only remaining defense of his eponymous program: There is no alternative. “[M]y Republican friends…if you have specific plans…tell America what you’d do differently….We all owe it to the American people to say what we’re for, not just what we’re against.”

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The Quarterback of Obamacare Doesn’t Like the GOP Senators’ Alternative

12:22 PM, Feb 03, 2014

Ezekiel Emanuel—Rahm’s older brother and the man who, as far back as 2009, current Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse warned was “quarterbacking the details” of Obamacare—has authored a New York Times op-ed in which he criticizes the proposed alternative released last week by Senators Coburn, Burr, and Hatch.  Emanuel, a rather feisty fellow (see his Fox News exchange with Jim Capretta—during which he admitted that, under Obamacare, the “individual market is going away”), has written some, well, provocative things about what he calls the “allocation of scarce medical interventions.”  For example, he’d prioritize the lives of the young over the old, but would nevertheless prioritize the lives of adolescents over infants.  That’s because adolescents “have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life.  Infants by contrast, have not yet received these investments.”  Yes, that’s who designed Obamacare, with all of its central planning and government control over Americans’ health-care decisions and their lives. (Feel better now?)

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Cruz: They 'Should Go Ahead and Put a 'Harry Reid for Majority Leader' Bumper Sticker on Their Car'

2:00 PM, Jan 30, 2014

Ted Cruz says that anyone in favor of the so-called immigration reform bill "should go ahead and put a 'Harry Reid for Majority Leader' bumper sticker on their car."

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Playing Immigration Reform Skeptics for Fools

7:18 AM, Jan 30, 2014

The Wall Street Journal reports that some House Republican leaders:

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Cantor Applauds Obama's Immigration Push

11:37 AM, Jan 29, 2014

House majority leader Eric Cantor applauded President Obama's push for so-called immigration reform in last night's State of the Union Address:

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The Burr-Coburn-Hatch Proposal

8:40 PM, Jan 27, 2014

As Bill Kristol and Jeff Anderson noted earlier today, the introduction by Republican Senators Burr, Coburn, and Hatch of an Obamacare replacement plan is an important milestone in the health care debate. This is a serious and practical replacement proposal, offered by three prominent legislators. It could easily serve as the starting point for a legislative effort, perhaps even next year if Republicans regain control of the Senate, to undo Obamacare and replace it with something far better.

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Must-Read Memo on GOP Health Proposal

11:09 AM, Jan 27, 2014

2017 Project executive director (and frequent TWS contributor) Jeff Anderson has an important memo outlining the new health care reform proposal from three senior Republican senators that would repeal Obamacare and replace it with legislation that "beats Obamacare in every particular" and would also "address many of the most serious shortcomings of the pre-Obamacare status quo."  You can read Anderson's memo in full, below. There's been a lot of talk in magazines and from think tanks about a "conservative reform agenda"—and some laments as to the slowness of GOP elected officials to champion such an agenda. This proposal could mark an important moment in the dam of timidity and resistance breaking, and could prove to be an important inflection point in the GOP's effort to become by 2016 a national governing party.

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