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Emily Miller

Emily Miller

Emily Miller is senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times. She is the author of “Emily Gets Her Gun … But Obama Wants to Take Yours” (Regnery 2013). Miller won the 2012 Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Reporting from the Institute on Political Journalism.

Articles by Emily Miller

Majority Leader Harry Reid and fellow Democratic senators came in for criticism from House Speaker John A. Boehner, who said, "The Democrats who run Washington have a responsibility to act." (Associated Press)

MILLER: Harry's dirty tactics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will do anything to score political points. A congressional conference committee has been brought to a standstill because the top Democrat in Congress refuses to allow his own members to negotiate a deal that includes spending cuts. With little else on the Hill's agenda this year, the Nevada Democrat is looking to blame the delay on Republicans. Published February 7, 2012

Illustration by Donna Grethen

MILLER: The endangered balanced budget

Washington hasn't seriously uttered the words "balanced budget" in years. Lawmakers now focus on trimming the budget deficit, which has soared to $1.3 trillion under President Obama. Real spending cuts and entitlement reform are the only way out of this fiscal mess, but the current budget process is broken. Published February 6, 2012

Illustration: Big Government by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

MILLER: Pay cut for bureaucrats

Those with a government job are sitting pretty. A typical fed's total compensation averages 16 percent more than that of his neighbor at an equivalent private-sector gig. In this troubled economic time of 8.5 percent unemployment, nothing beats the public dole's 100 percent job security. Published February 2, 2012

Rep. Jeff Landry, Louisiana Republican, at a debt reduction event on Feb. 1

MILLER: Tea Party on the Hill

House Republican freshmen have been in Washington for a year, but they haven't become part of the established order. A group of these members gathered at the Capitol Wednesday to announce they would do their share to pay down the nation's crippling $15.4 trillion debt. They believe fiscal responsibility begins with their own office budget. Published February 1, 2012

Illustration: Second Amendment by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

MILLER: Running D.C.'s gun-owner gauntlet

Owning a gun in the District of Columbia can be dangerous, because the city's hastily drafted rules are putting the innocent in jeopardy. A gun owner who has cleared the District's 17 registration hurdles still isn't home free. To continue exercising the Second Amendment right to keep arms, individuals have to renew registration certificates every three years and show up at the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) every six years to be fingerprinted. Published January 31, 2012

Warren Buffett (Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times)

MILLER: Tax the 'rich'

Each presidential candidate's position on investment tax rates is a critical issue. The current rates, set by President George W. Bush, will expire at the end of this year, so whoever sits behind the desk in the Oval Office next January will have the power to stop the capital-gains tax rate from jumping to 20 percent and qualified dividends rising to 39.6 percent. Published January 27, 2012

Illustration: Jobless by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

MILLER: Help the unemployed off the rolls

When it comes to job creation, President Obama has no clue. Under his leadership, the average amount of time spent in the unemployment lines more than doubled from four to nine months. Rather than push those down on their luck toward new opportunities, Mr. Obama wants to make sure they stay on the government dole for 99 weeks. Published January 26, 2012

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax forms

MILLER: Tax cheats on the federal rolls

President Obama went on and on Tuesday about how important it was for Americans to pay their "fair share of taxes." He can start with his own administration. The number of employees on the federal dole has swelled 13 percent on his watch, and the amount they owe in back taxes is now over $1 billion. Talk about double dipping: These bureaucrats take your tax dollars and then return nothing to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Published January 25, 2012

Illustration: Spending champ

MILLER: Obama the promise keeper

President Obama delivers his fourth - and potentially last - State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Obviously, not everything he promised in his third speech came to pass. White House press secretary Jay Carney sees no problem with this, saying on Monday, "If you got through a year and you achieved everything on your list, then you probably didn't aim high enough." There's one area where Mr. Obama hit the bull's eye: spending. Published January 23, 2012

Illustration: Entitlements by A. HUNTER for The Washington Times.

MILLER: Simple entitlement reform

Rick Perry's exit from the presidential race Thursday left the field with one less reformer willing to take on the single most important budgetary issue: entitlements. Social Security and Medicare's growing liabilities are driving this nation toward a Greek-style debt crisis. Published January 19, 2012

Illustration: Obama spending by John Camejo for The Washington Times

MILLER: Uncle Sam's empty cupboards

Since summer's end, the United States has spent over $1.5 trillion - $900 billion of which was borrowed money. The cupboards are bare once again, so President Obama last week asked Congress for permission to raise the debt ceiling for the third time in six months, enabling him to spend another $1.2 trillion. This loan will be approved, but not before congressional Republicans make him sweat it. Published January 17, 2012

MILLER: Romney on the fast track

Amtrak left taxpayers stranded with a $1.4 billion bill last year, and it's going to cost even more to keep government-run rail alive this year. Instead of looking for ways to cut back to attain profitability or just improve the notoriously late, slow and underwhelming service, Amtrak's CEO proposed on Wednesday to buy a set of electric trains (not the toy kind) to make his request for another 130 mostly ordinary rail cars more politically correct. Published January 16, 2012

FRONT-RUNNER: Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney took the lead in the final pre-caucus Des Moines Register poll, garnering 24 percent of the vote. "I can't tell you who's going to win this thing, but I do believe I'm going to have a great deal of support," Mr. Romney said. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

MILLER: Tax advice for Romney

Mitt Romney's decisive victory in New Hampshire Tuesday pushes the Republican primary closer to its finale. While the race isn't over, the GOP doesn't tend to like surprise endings. With the tax cuts put in place by President George W. Bush expiring at the end of this year, tax reform is more important than ever. Published January 11, 2012

Illustration: Obama spending by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

MILLER: Putting out the debt fire

The United States has hit the debt ceiling that was just recently raised to $15.2 trillion. Any day now, President Obama will formally ask for it to be hiked another $1.2 trillion. Uncle Sam is burning through cash so fast that the government's bills equal the total value of the goods and services produced by our economy. Published January 10, 2012

** FILE ** In this June 1, 2011, file photo, House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., listens outside the White House in Washington. It might be time for another midnight ride by Paul Revere, this time warning "the creditors are coming." (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

MILLER: Ryan's reform 2.0

The biggest driver of the U.S. debt is Medicare. With the nation already $15.2 trillion in the red, we can't afford to continue with this health care program's unsustainable path. Fortunately, there's renewed hope for genuine reform. Published January 9, 2012

Senior Editor Emily Miller

MILLER: Emily gets her gun, Part 2

Over the past couple months, I've been trying to get a legal gun in the District. I always knew this would be a challenge, but I had no idea how time-consuming it would be to complete all 17 steps the city requires. I'm not even halfway done. Published January 6, 2012

President Barack Obama makes a statement at the White House after the congressional debt supercommittee failed to reach an agreement on debt reduction on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

MILLER: Obama's illegal power grab

Richard Cordray started his new job on Thursday as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Though he may wear that fancy new title, he lacks the statutory power and constitutional authority of the office. On Wednesday, after the Senate adjourned for one day, President Obama unilaterally installed Mr. Cordray to the CFPB and added three members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), claiming these were "recess appointments" even though the Senate was in pro-forma session, not recess. Published January 5, 2012

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., blows a kiss to a supporter after her formal announcement to seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

MILLER: Bachmann leaves, presidential field narrows

The choices made by Iowa Republicans on Tuesday helped focus the race for the GOP nomination for president. It's certainly a relief that the debate stage will be less crowded, but it's worth noting what has been lost: the Tea Party's highest-profile opponent of Obamacare. Published January 4, 2012

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MILLER: Politics 2011: Cain to Weiner

Each year, Google releases its Zeitgeist list of searched terms that rose quickly to popularity. The measurement isn't for most searched, which inevitably leads to weather and movies, but for terms that accelerated fastest from obscurity to being household words. The results range from serious crises to people who enjoyed 15 minutes of fame. Published December 27, 2011

President Obama waves to people gathered outside in the rain as he shops for Christmas gifts Wednesday in Alexandria. The president's spokesman said Mr. Obama's assertion that he ranked among the greatest presidents was taken out of context. (Associated Press)

MILLER: Obama blows off Congress

When the president of the United States signs a bill into law, it's expected that he will abide by it. That's not the case with President Obama, who has a sudden interest in novel legalistic interpretations getting him off the hook from laws he doesn't like. Published December 26, 2011