September 30, 2016

This isn’t the hope you were looking for…

Debt, debt, debt… It seems debt is all the rage in Washington these days, and with good reason. The federal government only stays open on debt, and unless Congress and the President can agree soon, we’ll hit that limit and…well, who knows what will happen next. Originally, negotiators were looking at a deal to cut deficits […]

Mexico files brief against Utah…federalism at issue?

Immigration is one of those issues that never seems to go away. While almost every policy can be debated, either passionately or with blithe calm, immigration seems to evoke a passionate and even angry response from people who are, otherwise, level-headed and even-tempered.

Cutting Non-Defense Discretionary Spending Just Isn’t Enough

Cutting discretionary spending alone is not going to solve our fiscal woes. Entitlement reform must happen if we’re to maintain our economic strength. That, or raise taxes. A lot. Related articles When is $100 billion not enough? (lawafterthebar.wordpress.com) Adding up the Federal Balance Sheet (lawafterthebar.wordpress.com) The answer to why Americans are OK with more spending […]

Federal budget outraces CPI by four times

Did you know that federal spending has increased  faster than consumer prices? Four times faster? From 2000 to 2010, federal spending has increased 106% while prices (according to the Consumer Price Index) have only increased 26%. In other words, while the cost of stuff has risen only 26%, the government is spending roughly four times more than if […]

Guest Post: Holly Richardson’s “Article V Convention vs Con-Con”

By hollyonthehill Arguments against a Constitutional Convention (also called a Con-Con) are plentiful and rightly so. The last Constitutional Convention resulted in a new government. Opening up the Constitution could be like opening Pandora’s box. But. What happens with a federal government that is out of control? Representative Ken Ivory says that the distinct line between […]

The answer to why Americans are OK with more spending

Yesterday, just before the State of the Union speech, I had an insightful conversation with a family member. This person is taking his first class in political science, something like a Polisci 101 class. He called me to ask some questions for an assignment he was working on. “What does ‘non-security, discretionary spending’ mean,” he […]

Looking at “Signing Unconstitutional Laws” by William Baude (part 2)

Continuing my look at William Baude’s “Signing Unconstitutional Laws” (86 Ind. L. J. (forthcoming 2011))… We had just finished look at the summation of why Baude did not believe the act of signing unconstitutional laws was in itself unconstitutional.  In reviewing the arguments of those opposed to signing such laws, Baude states that the reasons […]