Time to crack down on Google?

Google et al. could do a lot more to sway the 2020 elections than Russia did in 2016, simply by skewing the content that is readily accessible on the internet. Read More...

Miami debates foreshadow hyperpartisan presidential campaign

The prevailing mindset at the Democratic debates in Miami was that the government can solve all the ills of mankind and should seek to do so no matter what the cost. Read More...

Objection, you may not ask that question

District court rulings barring revival of a citizenship question in the 2020 census were primarily based on the allegedly improper motivation of the official responsible. Read More...

The resistance continues, to no good end

It's time to bin the endless investigations of the Trump campaign/administration and unite behind the GOP tax cuts. Read More...

Assault on the electoral college

Abolishing the electoral college may or may not be a good idea, but in any case an interstate compact isn’t the way to go about it. Read More...

A nice thought, but the real world is more challenging

The Mueller report has been submitted, but many related issues remain in play. Also, a host of other problems are pending, none with easy and/or agreeable solutions. Read More...

Call for unity in SOTU; don't hold your breath

The president’s address to Congress was politically astute, but it painted an excessively rosy picture of the true "state of the union." Read More...

Government reopens for 3 weeks

Let's hope the president's SOTU address will inspire Congress to resolve the battle over border "wall" funding. None of the default options are appealing. Read More...

Reading the tea leaves for 2019

This should be an interesting year, judging from the predictions of five astute pundits, but political consensus doesn’t seem to be on the menu. Read More...

We're all in the same boat

There are heroes left in America, not necessarily in the top jobs, and this end-of-the-year essay celebrates the contributions some of them have made in the current political environment. Read More...

US electoral system is faltering

Elections are about power, and a “win at all costs” mindset seems increasingly common. If this trend is not reversed, we may have reason to regret it. Read More...

Revitalizing the US economy

Faster economic growth would be great, but the president’s plan may need some adjustments. Numerous opinions are reflected in the analysis, which transcends the standard liberal/conservative divide. Read More...

Suggested goals for the "lame duck" session

SAFE to DC: Between now and 12/31, please focus on budget process reform, FY 2019 appropriation bills, approval of USMCA, and disclosure of how/why the Trump campaign investigation was started.
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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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...

From country music to the cosmos

Liberals tend to view conservatives as stodgy defenders of the status quo who are fighting a losing battle. But many conservatives are having fun, and that could augur well for the future.
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Offshore wind: a case study in how bad decisions can get made

Facts matter and illogical opinions will be destroyed by reality, but a lot of damage can result in the meantime. The best time to stop bad ideas is at the beginning. Read More...

An updated view of the economy (part two)

The US economy is perking up, but the government’s fiscal affairs are still being mismanaged and the Republican tax plan won’t save the day. It’s high time to cut spending. Read More...

An updated view of the economy (part one)

Economic growth has been accelerating while inflation remains moderate, but this may not last long. Modest government policies, designed to support the private sector rather than controlling it, should be the order of the day. Read More...

A different kind of president

Don’t stop at political style in assessing the president’s performance; also consider his policies. Read More...

Assessing potential for offshore wind power projects

December 15 is an unrealistic deadline for the governor's working group on offshore wind power to do its work unless the WG is prepared to rule out offshore wind power on grounds that it would be inordinately expensive.

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How things work in DC

Gridlock in fixing the fiscal problem is unfortunate, but in other cases it's not necessarily a bad thing. Read More...

Oops, that's not what was supposed to happen

Two deadlines were extended by bipartisan agreement, but don’t expect a new spirit of cooperation in DC. Read More...

Dwindling options for real change in DC

The president was elected with a change agenda, but the establishment isn’t cooperating. Time for a COS? Read More...

Dueling views: crucial investigation versus "witch hunt"

Why is a special counsel investigating alleged GOP collusion with the Russians in the 2016 elections? Read More...

Logical consistency might improve political discourse

When political positions are taken on an "I think it so it must be true basis," rational answers may prove elusive. Here are three current examples. Read More...

Rethinking a plan to combat global warming

Don’t be fooled by the blowback, withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement was a good decision. Read More...

Consequences of keeping the legislative filibuster

The filibuster will handicap Republicans in coming battles, without necessarily promoting better outcomes. Read More...

Time to bin the filibuster

Filibuster rule leads to: gridlock, congressional decline, one-way ratchet, poor bills, budget blackmail. Read More...

The insitutional decline of Congress

What’s the problem in DC; some say partisanship but a better answer might be too much wishful thinking. Read More...

Trump won, get over it

This country faces a host of problems, and both sides need to stay focused on finding solutions. Read More...

A barrage of presidential actions

Changing the way government has been working will take some epic battles, and they may not all be won. Read More...

The inauguration of America's 45th president

“There’s a new sheriff in town,” and the inaugural address suggests big changes are on the way. Read More...

Changing of the guard in DC

President’s “farewell address” won’t cover much new ground, but it may tend to deepen the partisan divide. Read More...

Look on the bright side

Efforts to delegitimize outcome of our presidential election pose more danger than alleged Russian hacking. Read More...

Electoral College serves valid purposes

The US system for electing presidents may seem deficient to some, but it works pretty well in practice. Read More...

What this election is about

A scholarly tome (Democracy for realists) helps to explain why so little time is spent discussing the issues. Read More...

Elitism vs. populism

Trump says he wouldn’t automatically accept election results; pushback suggests elitist insecurity. Read More...

Is America becoming a banana republic?

Trump wasn’t wrong to play the special prosecutor card, but doing so may not pay off for his campaign. Read More...

Searching for substance in the presidential debate

If it was intended as something more than political theater, the first presidential debate missed the mark. Read More...

President slams Republicans for legislative inaction

The president and his party have contributed importantly to the failure of Congress to address important issues in a timely manner. Read More...

Are some people more equal than others?

So much bad behavior, so little time, and political influences often shape investigative/judicial outcomes.
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Looking ahead to the presidential debates

The presidential candidates are gearing up for their first direct confrontation; may the best person win. Read More...

Assessing record of the 114th Congress

Even with control of both houses of Congress, GOP failed to put the US on a more conservative path. Read More...

Dueling economic plans

No wonder there’s so much debate about economic policies; the two sides disagree on the goal. Read More...

Much ado about voter ID requirements

Opponents claim voter ID laws aren't needed because voting fraud is rare to nonexistent. Read More...

They're off: the final lap of the presidential race has begun

Trump says America is in big trouble; Clinton proposes to keep doing the same things only more so. Read More...

On the cusp of the Republican National Convention

Sputtering Trump campaign needs to get its mojo back; focusing on the issues might help. Read More...

You bet this country is exceptional

Thanks, big government fans, but we’d just as soon you didn’t try to do all our thinking for us. Read More...

Campaign issues: revving up the economy

Calls for the government to direct and control the economy are rooted in human insecurities. Read More...

It's time to reboot the political system (cont'd)

It’s unclear how an Article V convention would work, but this option seems to beat the alternatives. Read More...

It's time to reboot the political system

Maybe things will improve after the upcoming elections, but if not an Article V convention may be the only hope. Read More...

This presidential race resembles reality TV

It may be entertaining, but what’s going to be done about runaway government and the fiscal problem? Read More...

Young people will be served, but let's hope they listen first

Bernie Sanders will fall short this year; is there any hope of reaching his under-30 supporters with a conservative message? Read More...

Congressional investigations are often ineffective

Congressional oversight sounds good in theory, but experience shows that it’s slow and often ineffective. Read More...

Pondering the purpose of government

However noble the motives for expanding government may have seemed, the results have been unfortunate. Read More...

Disillusion with the presidential race

Don’t give up if none of the presidential candidates seem appealing, support the least worst. Read More...

Free trade gets a bad rap

If the presidential candidates mean what they are saying, the Trans-Pacific Partnership may be doomed. Read More...

A bold conservative agenda may prove elusive

The GOP agenda this fall should be punchy, timely, and offer a clear contrast with Democratic policies. Read More...

Congressional Republicans plan a positive agenda

House Speaker Paul Ryan wants the GOP to offer concrete conservative proposals in November, but satisfying everyone may not be easy. Read More...

A fateful presidential election is brewing - part 2

Just because people want something, that doesn't prove it would work nor that they are willing to pay for it. Read More...

A fateful presidential election is brewing

As Harry Truman famously said about political life, “if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” Read More...

Let the truth prevail

SAFE salutes a scientist, a journalist and an economist for their vision, courage and persistence. Read More...

Lots of action in DC, but disappointing results

Whatever the outcome of the 2016 elections, conservatives will have a lot of lost ground to recover. Read More...

Trans-Pacific Partnership: yes, no or maybe?

Having been granted TPA, the president has put a big trade agreement on the table. What should Congress do? Read More...

Update on 2016 presidential race

It’s beginning to look as if this race will be about the issues for a change. Read More...

Plan B for the budget battle

Instead of forcing a budget showdown, conservatives might consider engaging in a series of skirmishes. Read More...

Dodging another government shutdown - for now

If there’s going to be a shutdown, it shouldn’t be about Planned Parenthood. Read More...

GOP debates, round two

Aside from the moderator-provoked bickering, here’s what happened. Read More...

Moment of truth nears for Iranian nuclear deal

Filibuster of a congressional resolution of disapproval should not be either attempted or tolerated. Read More...

DC update: three big battles in September

SAFE to the members of Congress: you are better than this; start acting like it. Read More...

Two fearless predictions about the presidential race

For better political debates, ask more questions about the issues and let the candidates talk. Read More...

Fixing the Highway Trust Fund

Everyone agrees our highways and bridges must be maintained, so what’s the problem? Read More...

GovCare weathers another legal challenge

It’s a mistake to expect too much from judges; they simply can’t make everyone happy. Read More...

Why consensus style government won't work

There is no emerging political consensus, and policy choices are often better than compromise.
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Free trade yes, TPP maybe

Congress should authorize the president to negotiate trade deals, but retain the final say. Read More...

No wonder the government keeps growing

Short-term thinking can be a bad thing, but the real problem is misguided thinking. Read More...

Whoever decides what is true will rule

Politicians and advocates shamelessly spin the facts and bend the rules to make their case. Read More...

A busy fortnight in DC offers valuable reminder

Fact-based reason is fine, but tenacity is often the deciding factor in political arguments. Read More...

Listen up Congress, because you are in trouble

Congress is failing as an institution, and it’s high time to start fixing the problems. Read More...

Something's got to give in the US Senate

Congressional Republicans deserve a chance to succeed, so the filibuster must go.
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State of the Union address missed the mark

The state of the union is troubled, and current policies are making the problems worse. Read More...

And so the new, GOP-controlled Congress begins

If our political leaders can’t agree on the Keystone pipeline, what can they agree on? Read More...

Postelection update: Illegal immigration

Proposed executive order on immigration would be bad policy, bad politics, and unconstitutional. Read More...

Recalibrating the SAFE agenda

GOP election wins may create opportunities, but only if the president is willing to bend. Read More...

E minus 1: Voting fraud is all too real

Whether by accident or design, lax procedures are undermining the electoral process.
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E minus 8: Lawfare is a growing danger

If government leaders don’t respect the rule of law, neither will anyone else.
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E minus 29: Running an effective government is tough work

Beware of leaders who obsess on trendy new projects while neglecting “routine” matters. Read More...

E minus 36: Budget on autopilot, so are a lot of other things

We have often been critical of the president and his party, but SAFE is genuinely nonpartisan and this week's entry is devoted to slamming Republicans for the insipid and negative campaign they are waging this fall. Read More...

Trivializing the Constitution

Here is how big government fans conclude the Constitution is working as intended. Read More...
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