May 22, 2018
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This article originally appeared in the American Conservative on May 17, 2018.
Whenever the U.S. deploys soldiers to global hotspots such as Iraq and Afghanistan, the circumstances are hardly ideal. Complex counterinsurgency tactics cost substantial blood and treasure, and temporary gains rarely translate to long-term stability. But at least the deployments are public knowledge, and a code of conduct is in place to address civilian safety. Unfortunately, not all Pentagon (i.e. taxpayer-funded) missions are held to the same standards of warfare. The Department of Defense foots the bill for more than a quarter of the United Nations’ $7 billion annual “peacekeeping” budget. But the UN’s sloppily conceived missions fail to live up to their namesake, exacerbating global issues and resulting in human rights abuses. While U.S. leaders have been moving to curtail these annual contributions, they haven’t moved quickly enough. Taxpayers cannot afford to shovel billions of dollars a year to such an unaccountable organization mired in failure.
May 21, 2018
This article originally appeared in the American Spectator on May 17, 2018 and was written by Johnny Kampis, TPAF Investigative Reporter.
The Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) ruling this week that paves the way for states other than Nevada to legalize sports betting is a victory for states’ rights and should put another nail in the coffin for those attempting to ban all forms of online gaming. SCOTUS voted 6-3 in favor of New Jersey and nearly 20 other states to strike down the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which made it illegal for a state other than Nevada, which was exempted, to sponsor sports wagering.
May 18, 2018
TPA submitted official comments to the World Health Organization regarding the First Draft Report of Independent High-Level Commission on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD). This report begins an international dialogue for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. » Read More
May 16, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) urged all members of Congress to vote for the Sugar Policy Modernization Act as an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill. The Sugar Program was established more than 80 years ago and keeps the cost of sugar high with import quotas and tariffs. » Read More
May 15, 2018
This article originally appeared in Morning Consult on May 11, 2018
Taxpayers and consumers win when free markets, not unelected bureaucrats, drive decisions on the growth of the internet. Regulators ignore this and enact draconian rules and restrictions under a shroud of secrecy. Case in point: the attempt by American and European officials to shield Title II regulatory proceedings from the public view. Under the previous American Administration and the current European Union regulatory junket, strict “net neutrality” rules hampered innovative offerings by internet providers.
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May 14, 2018
This article originally appeared in the Daily Caller on May 11, 2018
The prospect of a bold new farm bill this year has Congress in a lurch, with endless debates over which amendments to include and discard. As lawmakers embrace sensible reforms such as work requirements for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, leading policymakers have expressed reluctance to include an amendment to modernize the 80 year-old US Sugar Program. Not including the modernization of the outdated program would keep high costs in place for consumers and taxpayers, ensuring backlash from voters wanting to “drain the swamp.” » Read More
May 11, 2018
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) expressed continued alarm over the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) latest $656 million quarterly loss. This brings the total loss to $1.3 billion for the first half of the 2018 fiscal year. TPA has had an active role in analyzing USPS’s challenges, which includes advancing key concepts and principles for the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to incorporate in its work. While the PRC continues to apply its guidance and oversight, many of the substantive changes that the USPS requires must become top priority for lawmakers, Postmaster General Megan Brennan, and the future USPS Board of Governors.
May 10, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) criticized proposals by leading Congressional Democrats to create a drug price “enforcer” ahead of the President’s speech on the issue Friday. Party leaders such as House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D- Calif.), and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D- N.Y.) have sought to highlight rising pharmaceutical prices under the Trump Administration and propose heavy-handed alternatives to the status-quo. » Read More
May 8, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) applauded President Trump for offering a $15 billion rescissions package. According to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the package will include, “unobligated balances from prior-year appropriations and reductions to budget authority for mandatory programs. These proposals include rescissions of funding that is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was appropriated by the Congress; in many cases, these funds have been left unspent by agencies for years.”» Read More
May 7, 2018
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This article originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on April 23, 2018. Jeff Mazzella is president of the Center for Individual Freedom (www.cfif.org).
The dizzying pace of digital innovation has created once-unthinkable economic possibilities for millions of Americans, and perhaps the only way that progress can be stopped is if government gets in the way. But that's exactly what will happen if Congress advances an ill-conceived legislative gimmick that would turn back the clock on Internet rules and slow the expansion of high-speed access to more Americans across the country.
May 4, 2018
TPA led a coalition letter to President Trump pressing him to cut funding to the World Health Organization by 25%. To learn more about the internaitonal work that TPA is doing, visit IGOwatch.org.
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May 3, 2018
When it comes to federal entitlement programs, Medicare Part D often wins ‘best-in-show,’ costing less than originally estimated while maintaining overwhelming satisfaction from participants. Now a new study from Avalere sheds light on how to help all Medicare programs mirror Part D’s success – to the benefit of federal taxpayers across the country. » Read More
May 1, 2018
TPA joined together with free-market groups to explain why the outdated sugar program hurts taxpayers and consumers. » Read More
April 30, 2018
This article originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on April 25, 2018. Paul Blair is strategic initiatives director at Americans for Tax Reform. Image credit: http://vaping360.com/
This week, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it was cracking down on the illegal sale of electronic cigarettes, namely JUUL, to minors across the country. Honest observers of this most recent move by the agency applauded the acknowledgment that the enforcement of current laws is the best way to promote public health. A contingent of Democrats and deranged activists, however, would like this to be the beginning of the end for an industry struggling to tell its side of the story. » Read More
April 26, 2018
This article originally appeared in The Daily Caller on April 25, 2018.
April 26 marks World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, but not too many right-of-center groups will be celebrating. Too many libertarians and conservatives, having the federal government enforce claims against college students for illegally downloading music, is akin to punishing low-level drug users for victimless crimes. The (now-defunct) copyright for the “Happy Birthday” song has served to further highlight the alleged ridiculousness of robust IP protection. And, purported free-market solutions to the healthcare affordability crisis commonly include the relaxation of patent protection for pharmaceuticals. These examples miss the point and importance of protecting IP. » Read More
April 24, 2018
This article originally appeared on Inside Sources on April 18, 2018.
Deep in the thankless swamp of Washington, D.C., free-market think tanks and advocacy groups fight against overspending and taxation every day. As the ground zero of government malfeasance, limited-government organizations focus their attention on the nation’s capital. And while these groups are right to zero in on Congress and the administration, there exists harmful taxpayer-funded bureaucracies at an even higher level than the U.S. federal government. Enter International Governmental Organizations (IGOs), which comprise of organizations such as the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank. » Read More
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April 23, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) called on the Puerto Rico Oversight Board to postpone the vote on the Puerto Rico Energy and Power Authority (PREPA) revised Fiscal Plan given recent revelations of Board Member Ana Matosantos’s significant conflicts of interest and efforts to hide implicating evidence. » Read More
April 20, 2018
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This article originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on April 17, 2018.
When it comes to broadband boondoggles, localities never seem to learn their lesson. Even after multiple Colorado municipal broadband projects ended in fiscal ruin, Fort Collins recently voted for nearly $150 million worth of bonds for “public Internet.” Towns such as Firestone and Frisco are following suit, with little attempt to warn taxpayers about the potential fiscal fallout. Given the continued failures of taxpayer-funded networks, state legislators should stay away from spending any tax dollars on these boondoggles.
April 19, 2018
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This article originally appeared in National Review on April 18, 2018.
Millions of Americans are beginning to see the fruits of the federal tax overhaul passed in December, with higher take-home pay, bonuses, and a stronger job market. However, these good times could soon end in some left-leaning states that are considering raising their income taxes. New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Maine may soon place surtaxes on “millionaires,” via legislation in the Garden State and ballot measures in the others. To proponents of larger government and greater state-level redistribution, raising rates on “fat cats” is a perfect way to fund more Medicaid and anti-poverty spending, which is perceived to be under threat at the federal level.
April 17, 2018
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This article originally appeared in RealClearMarkets on April 16, 2018.
The month of April brings about two things Americans love: baseball and warmer weather. It also features our least favorite day of the year—Tax Day. And the fact that we get an extra few days (April 17) to file doesn’t take the sting out of filling out those tax forms and lining up at the Post Office. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed last year may do the trick, leaving wallets a little heavier at the end of the day.