Federal rulemaking slowed dramatically in 2017, with the Trump administration issuing two-thirds fewer regulations in its first year than both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
At the moment Donald Trump’s presidency seems to have produced a big adrenaline shot for a relatively stagnant U.S. economy.
Medicaid is a program intended to help the sick, elderly, disabled and poor, but in Vermont, it is also being used to quietly pad politically friendly unions’ bank accounts.
The biennial session of the Legislature that convenes this week will face more than its share of hot button issues. Here’s a quick survey of the 2018 agenda.
The federal government takes the hard-earned money of taxpayers and gives handouts to farm households that generally make a lot more money than they do. This wealth transfer subsidizes the $15 billion “safety net” for agricultural producers, which ostensibly exists to help these businesses address agricultural risk.
According to the most recent information from the federal Office of Management and Budget, the country has been experiencing 3 percent growth for the past three quarters, and that number appears to be holding for the fourth quarter. Growth like this has not been experienced since before the Great Recession.
Sanders won the point of order, and the parents of homeschooled K-12 kids will be denied the use of their 529 account to assist their kids to get a better education, while Bernie rages on about the rich and the big corporations.
If policymakers are going to “make American great again,” then they need to get rid of those policies that are the very antithesis of American principles.
My father’s approach wasn’t contrarianism for its own sake. The point was to challenge listeners out of complacency, to inspire them not by affirming what they knew to be true, but by provoking them into reconsidering their preconceptions.