For decades, the American people have been begging and pleading with our elected officials for an immigration system that is lawful and that serves our national interest.
A staggering 13 billion dollars. More than the value of the entire “Star Wars” franchise. That’s the minimum amount taxpayers will save under the recently-passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act now that lawmakers have made compliance with the U.S. tax code less of a chore. Taxpayers will now also save an estimated 210 million hours of time they used to squander on the clumsy 1040 “long form.” Lighter paperwork burdens like these will begin showing up in other portions of the tax code for businesses and individuals as the new law is implemented.
With all the talk about a possible government shutdown due to an impasse on immigration reform, no one seems to be paying attention to a story of even bigger long-term consequence. Congress is preparing a two-year budget that blows past bipartisan spending caps to the tune of $216 billion through 2019. These are the latest stunning tallies from an analysis by Congressional Quarterly. (See chart).
This past week I was invited to speak in our nation’s capital at the Department of Health and Human Services’ ceremony announcing its new Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom. Here is what I said.
Democrats are desperate — dang desperate, calling out Barack Obama to hit the campaign trail. But that could well backfire on them, as it did in 2016.