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Gridlock: From Liberty’s Shield to Sword for the Status Quo

January 6, 2020

On the list of complaints Americans have today about their federal government, gridlock sits near the top. Despite the campaign promises, election after election, little in Washington seems to get done. Immigration, entitlements, the federal debt and more – all cry out for attention. Is there a better, more basic example than Congress’s failure, year […]

The United States as a Post-Constitutional Republic

October 9, 2018

Some years ago I was testifying before one of Congress’s seemingly countless subcommittees—if you can’t remember a congressman’s name, it’s usually safe to say “Mr. Chairman”—when one of the members got up to go to another hearing just as I was starting my remarks with, “Most of what Congress does today is unconstitutional.” The good […]

Federalism, Then and Now

December 31, 2014

Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1995, a perplexed Governor Ben Nelson remarked, “When I was elected governor in 1990 and prepared my first budget, I honestly wondered if I was actually elected governor or just branch manager of the state of Nebraska for the federal government.” He could have been speaking for any […]

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