More government "oversight" is the last thing Puerto Rico needs, but that's what it is getting to aid its financial woes. What it needs instead is less government, not more.
These two are not just one-off examples of political corruption, but instead represent the debased culture that returns them and their cohorts to office year after year.
Faced with continued opposition from liberty-minded U.S. senators against a White House-backed global tax regime that shreds what remains of financial privacy, establishment Republican leaders in Congress are working overtime to get Obama's schemes approved. Obama himself has been on the warpath, too, blasting Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) last month for his “quirky” opposition to obliterating the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment protections for privacy rights. When that failed, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) joined the fray, sending a letter to fellow lawmakers urging them to help get Obama's schemes approved as quickly as possible.
The media reported that the sit-in had something to do with legislation to curb terrorist violence. The media got it wrong.
McCain and Cruz are fighting again — this time over whether to register women for the draft. The dispute is a symptom of using the National Defense Authorization Act to advance the growth of government, instead of simply to provide for the national defense.
The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to reform the civil asset forfeiture process, making it harder for law enforcement to confiscate property and easier for owners to recover their confiscated property.
Two Senate bills have been amended to give the FBI its long-sought power to search Americans' e-mails, and possibly their web-browsing history, without a warrant.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its potential involvement in the terrorist attacks, despite threats of economic retaliation from the Saudi government. Though the legislation has bipartisan support, it faces threat of a veto from President Obama.
The U.S. government will soon owe more than the entire economy produces, Comptroller General Gene Dodaro told the Senate Budget Committee recently.