May we see your license, please (E+15)

If our political leaders lack the judgment (energy policy), diligence (fiscal problem), or integrity (immigration laws) to do their jobs, call them out for practicing politics without a license. Read More...

Problem solving 101 (E+22)

What do the Kavanaugh confirmation battle and an unsuccessful petition to the Delaware PSC have in common? In both cases, the losing side needs to engage in some self-examination. Read More...

Kavanaugh is confirmed, but rancor lives on (E+29)

The Senate confirmation process was severely tested in reviewing the Kavanaugh nomination. If nothing else, something needs to be done about invasion of the premises by protestors. Read More...

Shoot higher, try harder

Here’s a report about recent SAFE actions on several different fronts, let’s hope they bear fruit. Read More...

Midterm issues: deficits and debt (E+43)

What to hope for this fall: acknowledgement that the fiscal problem is serious and advocacy of credible solutions versus the usual finger pointing. Read More...

Midterm issues: Immigration (E+50)

Festering disagreements about immigration (border security, admission policies, voting rights) must be squarely addressed to avert serious long-term consequences. Read More...

Midterm issues: Renewable energy (E+57)

Never mind climate science or how the electric power grid works, renewable energy policies are based primarily on political considerations.
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Midterm issues: Taxes (E+64)

The 2018 tax cut will be a minor plus for Republican candidates on the campaign trail this fall, but real tax reform could be a big help in solving the fiscal problem longer term. Read More...

Midterm issues: Healthcare (E+71)

Republicans have a pretty good story on healthcare if they are willing to stand up and be counted, but they need to get over the idea that it’s possible to please everyone. Read More...

Unity: The impossible dream (E+78)

No Labels posits that unity will result if politicians discuss the issues, but experience suggests otherwise. It might be better to debate the issues and aim for timely and well-informed decisions. Read More...

Socialism doesn't work (E+85)

If some people get handouts, others must pay. Social welfare programs are the biggest cost in government; ethanol is a costly substitute for oil; fuel cells are unsuitable for commercial scale power generation. Read More...

Key issues for mid-term elections (E+92)

The national political climate is disturbing, and critics blame the president. Trump's supporters should abandon him, they say, without acknowledging that their side may also be at fault. Read More...

What's wrong with this picture?

Don't tap Social Security to cover cost of paid family leave; don't gloss over cost of fighting global warming; don't use energy revenues to cover national park maintenance; don't add to woes of the USPS. Read More...

US Supreme Court: striking a balance

Why all the fuss about confirming a highly qualified Supreme Court nominee, what’s really at stake? Read More...

A disturbing political climate

Robust political debate is great, but underhanded tactics and vicious personal attacks are dangerous. Never mind who threw the first stone, our political leaders should get back to the issues. Read More...

Letters to decision-makers

Letters to decision-makers should be timely, objective, goal-directed, and concise. Did these four examples measure up? Read More...

A skeptical view of Bloom Energy IPO

Claims re the affordability of Bloom fuel cell power seem inconsistent with real world experience in Delaware.



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Tweaking the budget process won't accomplish much

Re the JSC’s review of the budget process, no one has zeroed in on the primary problem: The Senate filibuster rule is being used to slow down the process for partisan advantage. Read More...

Rethinking the healthcare system - Part two

The US healthcare system has deep-rooted problems, the two parties disagree as to solutions, and the situation is deteriorating. The president is pushing for action; will he get it? Read More...

The high cost of prescription drugs

The administration's plan to bring down drug prices seems relatively sensible, as far as it goes, but the promises being made of quick and dramatic results are unrealistic. Read More...

Don't overthink the fiscal problem, it's not that complicated

The fiscal problem needs to be attacked more aggressively than it has been in recent years. and we agree with Milton Friedman that there is no chance of success without doing a much better job of controlling government spending. Read More...

Reviewing the government's budget process

The Joint Select Committee on Budge and Appropriations Process Reform is a representative sample of participants in the congressional budget process; expect some fine-tuning of the current rules but no more. Read More...

Political staws in the wind, nationally and locally

Partisan bickering and worse drives out thoughtful debate, promoting stalemate or poor policy choices. Our political leaders need to do much better, both in DC and Delaware.

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TCKB is gone; fiscal problem keeps growing

If the fiscal problem is going to be solved, younger Americans must get engaged. It remains to be seen whether and how they will choose to proceed. Read More...

Soaring deficits hard to square with fiscal responsibility

With its conservative credentials in tatters, the GOP should insist on completing the FY 2019 budget process in a businesslike manner before the Oct. 1 deadline. Read More...

Take renewable energy claims with "grain of salt"

Apple Computer announces it’s using 100% renewable energy. How are they doing this, and what’s wrong with everyone else? Read More...

Rebooting the budget process

For those who believe the GOP needs to notch some policy wins before November, SAFE has a modest suggestion: restore order in the budget process by getting the 12 appropriation bills done on time.

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Stricter gun controls aren't the answer

There have been two basic mistakes in the current debate about mass shootings: (1) failing to identify the root causes, and (2) not having a candid discussion of the best solution(s). Read More...

The other deficit: balance of payments

We agree that the balance of payments deficit with China is of serious concern, but the administration is not making the right moves to combat it. Read More...

DC braces for another legislative deadline

The use of “must-pass” bills to sneak through somewhat controversial legislation is perverting the congressional legislative process; it doesn’t have to be that way. Read More...

Overuse of the judicial process

Routine use of politically motivated lawsuits to challenge administrative policies is contributing to the political gridlock that everyone professes to be concerned about. Read More...

Don't count on finessing fiscal problem

The GOP tax cut may have been a reasonable bet, but trillion-dollar deficits are sure to backfire. Read More...

SAFE to DC: Please fix this problem

SAFE has been warning of deficits & debt since 1996, so far without avail. This week we sent individualized pitches to the president, six members of Congress, and the budget director.
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Let's make the budget process work

In the wake of the budget deal and subsequent delivery of a "dead on arrival" budget, prospects for solving the fiscal problem seem remote - but SAFE isn't about to give up. Read More...

More shutdown drama, mediocre results

The more one examines last week's bipartisan, bicameral budget deal, which raised government spending levels across the board, the uglier it looks. Read More...

Assessing the SOTU address

The State of the Union address was effective political theater, which received a favorable response from the American public. But when and how is the GOP going to tackle the fiscal problem? Read More...

GOP won shutdown skirmish, but budget battle is far from over

To avoid being blamed for the next government shutdown, which is set for February 8, Republicans should consider taking a harder line. Read More...

Rethinking the healthcare system - Part one

Liberals and conservatives alike find fault with the US healthcare system, but their ideas for fixing it are markedly different. Which side is closest to being right, and is there a viable strategy for getting things back on track? Read More...

Earmarks can't solve the fiscal problem

Far from taking leadership of the impasse over spending levels, the current majority party is allowing their political opponents to determine what items will be discussed and in what order. This will not end well. Read More...

Another spending deadline, but that's not the real problem

The current minority party is fixated on delegitimizing the president; Republicans must put their foot down in spending level negotiations or they will be rolled over. Read More...
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