Author Archives: Rebekah Johansen

Coburn’s Wastebook: Reminding us that every department needs reform

In case you missed it, last week, Sen. Tom Coburn released his final Wastebook, highlighting “the most outlandish government spending.” And while waste, fraud, and abuse might not always count as the type of major spending that drives our national … Continue reading

Here’s why they lack spending credibility

Speaking on ABC’s This Week yesterday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) provided a stark example of why many politicians — even Republicans who claim a commitment to fiscal restraint — lack credibility on the issue.

Republicans attack opponents… for reforming entitlements

Often, establishment Republicans will say that big spending on certain discretionary programs they support is, well, acceptable because the real focus should be on entitlement programs, the major drivers of our debt. While we think they are wrong to make … Continue reading

Senate to Hold Ebola Hearing

Next week, just two days after the Midterm elections, Senate Appropriations will hold a hearing to discuss the government’s handling of the Ebola outbreak. This comes after the House led its own hearing last week on the topic, and after … Continue reading

Voters want Congress to cut spending; doubt it will

According to a recent Rasmussen poll, American voters understand more about the nation’s fiscal woes than many would give them credit for — and are pessimistic about Congress’s ability to fix the situation. In reacting to the nation’s current economic … Continue reading