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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