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Corruption in Virginia Government

As Washington Post readers know, there has been extensive corruption in the District of Columbia government for many year, but I’ve been surprised about the relative dearth of news articles on corruption in the suburbs, particularly the Virginia suburbs.

New Study on the Economic Development Administration

The EDA, which cost taxpayers $287 million in 2017, funds activities that should be funded by local governments and the private sector.

Hearings Show Most Republicans Are Spendthrifts

I am a fan of Kimberley Strassel’s columns about federal politics in the Wall Street Journal. But her recent column about the omnibus spending bill—which increased spending 13 percent in one year—was off the mark.

Corrupting Federalism

Federal funding of state activities induces state and local governments to spend wastefully because the money comes “free” from Washington.

Spending Catastrophe

The 2,232-page omnibus spending deal signed into law last week threw fiscal sanity out the window.

Who Would Want to Be the Next President?

The next president will come into office in early 2021, and the nation will be facing the most dangerous budget situation in peacetime history.

Omnibus Outrage

Congress has passed a giant omnibus spending bill with large increases for every federal budget area. If Trump goes along with the GOP leadership and hikes spending, it would cut his cabinet secretaries off at the knees.

Big Spenders Dominate

Congressional leaders have agreed to a 2,232-page omnibus spending package that allocates federal discretionary spending for 2018. Defense and nondefense spending levels are jacked up, budget caps are blown through, and the deficit is soaring.

Privatize Dulles and National Airports

The Trump administration is proposing to privatize two airports owned by the federal government in Virginia, Dulles and Reagan National.

Economists Fail at Forecasting and Micromanaging

In a new study, economist Mickey Levy included a chart illustrating the inaccuracies of Federal Reserve economic forecasts.

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