Emily Miller | Stories - Washington Times
Skip to content

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

Illustration: Dependence on Government  by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

MILLER: Trimming the welfare state

Seventy-seven different federal government programs simultaneously attempt to address the needs of the poor. The cost of these programs is climbing faster than Social Security, Medicare or defense. The welfare issue hasn't been touched in over 15 years, so it's past time to streamline this overlapping and wasteful mess. Published November 17, 2011

Illustration: Shuttered Congress

MILLER: Part-time Congress

Anti-Washington fervor has reached a new high. According to Gallup, 82 percent of A Americans now disapprove of what they see on Capitol Hill. No wonder, considering crony capitalism has enabled the two parties to rack up $15 trillion in debt. The political establishment needs to change. Published November 16, 2011

Steny H. Hoyer

MILLER: Democrats split over balanced budget

House Democrats are divided. Their leaders are working hard to stop the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA), but not all members on the left are falling into line. The chances of this landmark constitutional amendment passing Friday depend on how many are willing to put their country's interests before that of their party. Published November 15, 2011

** FILE ** The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction meets on Capitol Hill last month. Supercommittee members (from left) are Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Jon Kyl, Sen. Max Baucus, Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. John F. Kerry and Sen. Patrick J. Toomey. (Associated Press)

MILLER: Supercommittee a super dud

The congressional supercommittee was supposed to make all of the hard budgetary choices that representatives couldn't be trusted to make on their own. As the final deadline looms, it's looking like the end result will be the imposition of fake spending cuts and real tax hikes. Published November 14, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry points to his head as he speaks during a Republican Presidential Debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. At right is Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

MILLER: Stop the spending

President Obama is burning a hole in Uncle Sam's pocket. Since he won the White House in 2009, the public debt has swelled by $4.3 trillion. Instead of trying to stem this flow of red ink, Mr. Obama is campaigning for more spending with a $467 billion stimulus bill. He doesn't get it. Conservative candidates for his job are ready to sew up the hole. Published November 11, 2011

Illustration: Balanced budget by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

MILLER: A bipartisan Balanced Budget Amendment

The House will vote next week on a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the Constitution. Democrats agreed to hold this vote as part of the deal raising the debt ceiling, but House Republicans are going to make it more than just a symbolic gesture. They're going to bring up the version that passed the House in 1995. Published November 9, 2011

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves after speaking at the Defending the American Dream Summit in Washington on Nov. 4, 2011. (Associated Press)

MILLER: Republican Medicare courage

Despite a national debt just shy of $15 trillion, President Obama refuses to put forth a substantive proposal tackling the single largest source of red ink: Medicare. Democrats prefer to use this program as a political club to scare the elderly and keep hold on power. Luckily, the potential future occupants of the White House in the GOP have shown political courage. They've rallied behind a common set of principles that would shore up the health care program for seniors. Published November 8, 2011

** FILE ** Businessman Herman Cain (left), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (center) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are pictured before a Republican presidential debate on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

MILLER: 2012: Year of the taxpayer

Ronald Reagan was the last president who achieved significant tax reform. Republican candidates want to replicate the Gipper's feat by simplifying the system and reducing the burden. A fix is long overdue. Published November 3, 2011

** FILE ** This file photo shows House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, (left) and Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican. "Families and businesses have had to cut back, and they're demanding that Washington do the same," said Jordan, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the House conservative caucus. (Associated Press)

MILLER: Simplifying the jobs message

The president drove to Washington's Key Bridge Wednesday to plead once more for higher taxes to pay for infrastructure stimulus. Infrastructure here, of course, means trains and transit, not roads and bridges. The Republican Study Committee (RSC) countered with an alternative jobs bill that focuses on fostering a healthy economic climate for the private sector. Published November 2, 2011

** FILE ** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, after a Democratic caucus lunch. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

MILLER: Dead-end Senate

Harry Reid is determined to do nothing productive this year. The Senate majority leader has made it his mission to block votes on bipartisan legislation originating in the Republican-controlled House while bringing Democratic bills to the floor that are designed to fail. It's a dead-end road paved with intentions to re-elect President Obama. Published November 1, 2011

** FILE ** CBS newsman Bob Schieffer (right) shakes hands with CNN's Howard Kurtz as they arrive for Walter Cronkite's funeral at St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue in New York on Thursday, July 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

MILLER: Schieffer smokes out the GOP

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was grilled Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation." Host Bob Schieffer, the self-appointed anti-smoking sheriff of America, browbeat Mr. Cain because his campaign chief, Mark Block, took a drag on a cigarette at the end of an online ad. Published October 31, 2011

** FILE ** Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican.

MILLER: Unraveling red tape

The Obama administration's red tape is strangling business and dragging down economic growth. Members of both parties on Capitol Hill are getting an earful from constituents about the need to give local businesses a breather. Now a bipartisan, bicameral group is working on a long-overdue overhaul of the process by which federal agencies draw up rules. Published October 27, 2011

** FILE ** The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction meets on Capitol Hill last month. Supercommittee members (from left) are Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Jon Kyl, Sen. Max Baucus, Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. John F. Kerry and Sen. Patrick J. Toomey. (Associated Press)

MILLER: Super opportunity for job growth

America needs to lower its corporate tax rate. Having the developed world's second most punishing levy just tells job creators that they're better off doing business in one of the 60 countries that have reduced their own taxes in the past few years. Capitol Hill is finally paying attention to this problem. Published October 26, 2011

"Listen, we've done four or five solid, jobs-creation bills this week and this bill was part of our Pledge to America," said House Speaker John A. Boehner of the measure to bar federally-subsidized insurance plans from covering abortions. "We're keeping our word to the American people." (Associated Press)

MILLER: Giving business a break

President Obama says he "can't wait" for Congress to do what it takes to address the jobs situation. Congressional lawmakers will prove this week that it can move pro-growth legislation. On Thursday, the House will take up bills that will repeal a burdensome tax requirement on government contractors and modify health care programs for the better. The White House had no choice on Tuesday but to support these good ideas. Published October 25, 2011

President Obama is applauded at the White House on Oct. 21, 2011, after signing the Colombian Free Trade Agreement. From left: Labor Secretary Hilda Solis; Boeing CEO Jim McNerney; U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk; Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican; Xerox CEO Ursula Burns; Rep. Greg Meeks, New York Democrat; Ernst and Young CEO James Turley and Rep. David Dreier, California Republican. (Associated Press)

MILLER: Obama's one-man show

President Obama officially declared Congress irrelevant on Monday. Instead of following the proper legislative process, he's going to rule by executive orders issued once per week for the rest of the year. "We don't have to wait for Congress, we're just going to go ahead and act on our own," said Mr. Obama. Published October 24, 2011

Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican

MILLER: Bring home $1 trillion

More than a trillion dollars in U.S. corporate profit sits around the globe, just waiting for a good reason to come home. With the most anti-business tax system in the developed world, the United States encourages companies doing business offshore to leave their profits overseas. The money would easily flow back into our economy if Washington shifted to a territorial tax system and lowered the corporate tax rate. The time to move on this is now. Published October 21, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (Associated Press)

MILLER: Flat tax to the rescue

Rick Perry is taking a beating in the latest presidential primary polls. Rasmussen Reports on Thursday released a survey placing businessman Herman Cain at the head of the pack and the Lone Star State governor in sixth place. If there was ever a time for Mr. Perry to make a bold policy proposal, it's now. He's about to do just that. Published October 20, 2011

President Obama boards his bus after speaking at Asheville Regional Airport in Fletcher, N.C., on Oct. 17, 2011, to begin his three-day bus tour promoting the American Jobs Act. (Associated Press)

MILLER: Obama stoops to conquer

President Obama has stooped to name-calling, distortion and mockery in a desperate attempt to rally support for his unpopular economic policies. For the second day in a row on his taxpayer-funded re-election bus tour, Mr. Obama ridiculed the Senate Republican proposal unveiled last week. "Here's what the plan boils down to," he said in Jamestown, N.C. on Tuesday. "We're going to gut environmental regulations. We're going to drill more. We're going to roll back Wall Street reform. And we're going to repeal health care reform. Now, that's a plan, but it's not a jobs plan." Published October 18, 2011

President Obama greets the crowd upon his arrival at Asheville Regional Airport in Fletcher, N.C., on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, to begin his three-day bus tour promoting the American Jobs Act. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

MILLER: Obama's jobs bill mulligan

President Obama is taking a mulligan after the Democratic-controlled Senate decided not to pass his American Jobs Act last week. The commander in chief hit the campaign trail Monday in his taxpayer-funded luxury bus to drum up support for what he thinks will be a more palatable package. Published October 17, 2011

U.S. billionaire investor Warren Buffett

MILLER: Buffett's rebuff

Americans don't want to borrow more money and pay higher taxes simply to create temporary government jobs. That's why President Obama's $467 billion second stimulus bill never had much of a chance as a whole. It was meant to be a class-warfare call-to-arms that would engage and excite his liberal base, as even the Democratic-controlled Senate couldn't conjure up the votes for it. Published October 13, 2011