Tag: Washington D.C.

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The decades-long battle to make Washington D.C. a state will once again reach the halls of Congress later today, where the U.S. House is set to vote on the revitalized bill. Proponents of D.C. statehood repeat the mantra of our nation’s capital — “no taxation without representation”, alluding to the lack of voting representation the […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Alabama versus the Swamp

 

Consider this very instructive side-by-side, two weeks apart:

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Brian Riedl and Shai Akabas discuss the U.S. federal budget, budget negotiations, and why Congress hasn’t addressed the rising national debt—even as it gets worse.

The case for a “grand deal” on the budget has never been more evident: within a decade, annual budget deficits are projected to exceed $2 trillion. Entitlement programs are projected to drive trillions in new government debt over the next few decades. Yet increasing partisanship and political polarization—both in Washington and among voters—have significantly diminished the likelihood of bipartisan cooperation to avoid a fiscal calamity.

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Today’s guest, Chris Pandolfo, covers politics from beyond the Beltway, and Jack asks him what it’s like to observe Beltway bedlam from afar.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Daughter’s Band in DC Memorial Day Parade

 

I believe it was Senator Steve Daines who nominated my daughter’s school band to play in Washington, DC this coming Monday. The band, which ends its yearly spring concert with a hearty rendition of “Stars and Stripes Forever,” was honored to accept. Glacier High School will be wearing green uniforms, and we can follow along with the event live here.

Of course I’m happy and proud, but I’m also looking forward to having my kid back safe from DC next week, done with plane rides, and ready to graduate on the first of June.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Tucker Carlson on Trump and DC Republicans

 

Last night a friend of mine (a former Ricochet member) e-mailed me the following video clip. This clip is of a speech that Fox News host Tucker Carlson gave to the International Association of Fire Fighters back in March:

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A friend who cannot attend CPAC is trying to unload his $300 full conference ticket, so if you want to go, and have been waiting for a break, contact me at [email protected] to be connected. Also, for those willing to brave the inevitable brisk weather, we are planning a Ricochet Meetup for March 4 during […]

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School ChoiceThis week, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on “Expanding Education Opportunity through School Choice.” As I’ve written before, there are lots of great reasons to support school choice policies, but Congress should not create a national voucher program:

It is very likely that a federal voucher program would lead to increased federal regulation of private schools over time. Once private schools become dependent on federal money, the vast majority is likely to accept the new regulations rather than forgo the funding.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Introducing the Snow Driving Incompetence Belt (SDIB)

 

BadSnowDrivers A snowstorm is currently threatening America’s capital, which has brought out all the jokes about that city’s lousy drivers. This makes me wonder if there is a narrow zone — a belt, if you will — across the middle of the country where one encounters the most incompetence during snowfall. South of this belt, snow is so rare that it generally keeps people off the roads entirely when it happens; above the line, drivers are — what’s the opposite of incompetent? — competent.

I’d like to ask Ricochet members to nominate their home cities for membership in the Snow Driving Incompetence Belt (SDIB). Here in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we’re very safely in the Competent Zone. Places like Dallas and Tampa are solidly in the No Snow Zone.

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Full disclosure: I have always had a bias against Washington D.C. When I was a child, we would visit family there and it was always uncomfortable. They lived in the right neighborhood in the northwest part of town, sent their kids to the right schools, and worked at the right government agencies…but something was wrong. The odd hierarchy of the city — where there were the connected elites, the government bureaucrats, and the destitute — never sat well with me. Additionally, the huge temples to red tape and massive monuments to politicians did not seem proper in a republic. This caused me to think at a fairly early age that it was a swamp on the Potomac in more ways than one.

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MARIJUANA AND PLASTIC BAGS Most of us are old enough to remember when plastic grocery bags were legal but not marijuana. More

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