Government Overreach

John Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. He established the Rutherford Institute back in 1982 and still serves as President...
Last week was Tax Week. We all had to file our taxes (or extensions), and in Congress, the House passed several bills improving our Tax system and repealing the estate tax.
I always laugh when a poll tells us the obvious, and no surprise here, as a new CNN/ORC poll shows that most Americans, 57 percent, want the next president to undo “Change we can believe in,” and go back to the America that...
This week, the House of Representatives approved my bill, the Secret Science Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 1030), with a bipartisan vote of 241-175.
This week, the House is expected to vote on two common sense bills to make the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) more accountable and transparent. Under the Obama Administration, our West Texas farmers, ranchers, and...
Last week, we saw an example of executive overreach through an executive edict issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The draft regulations seek to ban common rifle ammunition – yet another...
There is an economic impact of net neutrality, but there is a more sinister reason behind Obama's push to control the internet: controlling political speech. As I have shown in previous columns, the left is no longer...
Quite frankly, I believe this is one of those situations where the government wants a solution without a problem. As a business owner that founded a tech company, I have seen firsthand how keeping the Internet largely free...
Plutocracy is defined as government by the wealthy, or an elite or ruling class of people whose power derives from their wealth. I can't think of a better word to describe the government of the state of Texas. Now, I hear...
When Hillary Clinton recently declared that businesses don’t create jobs, it was considered a gaffe, but what if it was instead a declaration of Democratic economic policy?
During my last District Work Period, I sat down with members of the Dallas Builders Association to discuss important issues facing the North Texas building community. During our conversation they relayed their frustrations...
Officers are not just agents of the law. They are keepers of the peace. Attempting to separate an upset mother from her child is asking for trouble.
My mother makes wonderful double-chocolate brownies . As a kid, I would take them to school , and the PTA would sell them in the school bake sale to raise money for projects like uniforms for the school band and cheerleaders...
In all the news of the Israel election, there were yet other blows to progressives Tuesday. The ability of the EPA to do essentially whatever it wants was soundly criticized yesterday by Harvard's Constitutional Law uber-...
On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed new Net Neutrality regulations. During my time as a computer consultant, I saw firsthand the benefits of the government leaving the Internet alone.
When the FCC decided to approve net nuetrality by a partisan 3 to 2 vote, pushed by the White House, two things happened. The independence of the FCC was destroyed as Democrat Tom Wheeler carried the White House water and...
 Competition is GOOD. Period. Government regulation stifles competition. Period. Ergo most government regulation is NOT GOOD.
If the FCC turns the Internet into a regulated public utility, the innovation, the creativity that has characterized the Internet from its dawn, will inevitably be stifled. Now Title II by the way, gives all sorts of...
For years, students and parents have used the bake sale as a way to raise funds for school trips, athletic competitions, new uniforms and other activities. Teachers in my district have come to me concerned that this new rule...
Local control versus centralized control has long been a dividing line between the left and the right for ages. In fact, the Federalists that wrote the US Constitution were implicit that they wanted a system of government...

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