January 17, 2018
This article originally appeared in The Daily Caller on January 17, 2018
With tax reform in the rearview mirror, policymakers and voters are sizing up the next big policy battles. Chief among voter concerns is the unraveling healthcare system, which regularly sees double-digit premium increases and questionable results for taxpayer funding. Americans understand that failing to reform the health-care system via the rollback of Obamacare will continue to strain the system and result in lower-quality care at a high cost. » Read More
January 16, 2018
This article originally appeared in The Federalist on January 8, 2018
To listen to a growing, ever-more-vocal crowd, driverless cars are in America’s very near future. Commentators have taken the media to task for giving short shrift to the new technology, with some going as far as to declare 2017 “the year of the driverless car” (Or was that 2016? 2015?). Ars Technica senior reporter Timothy Lee is confident that “driverless car adoption will only accelerate in 2018,” pointing to tests in Phoenix thanks to “permissive” regulations.» Read More
January 12, 2018
This article appeared in the Washington Examiner on January 12, 2018.
To citizens across the country, hopes of “draining the swamp” were fulfilled with the passage of comprehensive tax reform at the end of last year. With one step forward, however, the administration and Congress may decide to take two steps back. Earlier this week, the president and congressional leaders announced their willingness to bring back the destructive process of earmarking in an attempt to smooth out disastrous budget negotiations. In a rush to ditch continuing resolutions in favor of an actual budget, key leaders would be making a deal with the devil in bringing back earmarks. While President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., are simply trying to jump-start the budget process in good faith, allowing earmarks would once again consign taxpayer dollars to a black hole of aimless funding and failed expectations.» Read More
Taxpayers Protection Alliance Releases National Survey: Republicans View Revoking IPAB as Critical Step Toward Repealing ObamacareGrace Morgan on
January 10, 2018
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Despite widespread disagreement over the best way to reform the American health care system, a new poll commissioned by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) found a clear consensus among Republican voters for repealing the Affordable Care Act (known as “Obamacare”) and the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) provision of that law. “With last year’s repeal of the individual mandate, Republicans in Congress have the momentum to further undo the damage Obamacare has inflicted on the healthcare system,” said TPA President David Williams. “Next on the list should be repealing IPAB, one of the worst parts of Obamacare. IPAB allows unelected bureaucrats to cut Medicare without Congressional approval and inserts government between Americans and their doctors.”
January 9, 2018
Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) slammed President Trump and members of Congress who suggested bringing back legislative earmarks. Congress banned earmarks in 2011 after Republicans gained control of the House. Seven years later, with full control of the Legislative and Executive Branches the prospect of earmarks shouldn’t be an issue. Instead, the Administration and Congress are close to re-implementing a destructive policy that would proliferate waste in Washington. TPA President David Williams noted that, “Earmarking is an irresponsible way to allocate funds. In addition to the chaos it causes during the appropriations process, earmarks are behind some of the most wasteful programs and projects taxpayers have been bilked for over the years. Earmarks have served as the bribery currency of Congress for many years, as both parties used them to buy votes." » Read More
January 8, 2018
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There is no disputing that closing the rural broadband gap is imperative. The disagreement occurs in deciding whether taxpayers or the private sector should foot the bill. Taxpayer-funded broadband systems have failed as evidenced by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation’s interactive map of failed government owned networks. But, AT&T and Verizon are moving quickly to deploy 5G mobile internet. Business Insider calls it “the upcoming evolution of wireless 4G LTE, which is mostly used today for wireless mobile networks. It offers incredibly fast wireless communication that can be used to transmit all sorts of data.”
January 4, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance announced the addition of Tim Andrews to TPA’s team of tax and spending warriors. Tim will start his tenure with TPA as the new Senior International Fellow. TPA President David Williams noted that, “Tim has fought tirelessly for lower taxes, balanced budgets, and expanded personal freedom as the Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA) over the past five years. His work has been a shining example of how taxpayers around the world are demanding responsible fiscal policies and greater government transparency.” » Read More
January 3, 2018
This article originally appeared in The Hill on January 2, 2018
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is as determined as ever to make customers pay more as they defend ludicrous schemes keeping the agency deep in debt. The cost of First-Class postage is slated to increase from 49 to 50 cents on Jan. 21 as part of a desperate move by postal officials to stem the financial bleeding. As the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has previously documented, increases in postage rates promote risky behaviors with non-postal business ventures and shore up liabilities in a massively-underfunded pension system buoyed by unrealistic promises. But, the biggest and ugliest secret lies below the surface in the rampant postal cronyism that disproportionately benefits e-commerce giants such as Amazon. In April, a Citigroup analysis found that Amazon gets roughly$1.50 in shipping subsidies from every package delivered via the Postal Service. » Read More
December 29, 2017
With binge eating, gift giving, and frenzied traveling out of the way, it’s finally time to make way for the New Year. When it comes to embracing 2018, there’s bound to be no shortage of (ill-fated) resolutions, ranging from cutting down on snacks to taking up mountain climbing. Now that taxpayers have received the gift of tax reform, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is urging Congress to get in on the fun, and resolve to get their fiscal house in order. We’re aware that our previous resolutions for Congress didn’t go exactly to plan, but there’s always hope that lawmakers can be like these people and turn things around. The first resolution should be obvious: get rid of the deficit and begin to pay down the debt. » Read More
December 28, 2017
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This article originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on December 16, 2017.
Here we go again. On the eve of the next Farm Bill reauthorization, Big Sugar corporations are up to their old tricks. To protect their government handouts, they are once again claiming that a so-called “zero-for-zero” resolution should come before Congress passes meaningful reform of the country’s harmful sugar policy. Large domestic manufacturers argue that, before subsidies and quotas are phased out, foreign governments must first stop bolstering their own producers.
December 26, 2017
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This article originally appeared in The Daily Caller on December 20, 2017.
Despite the efforts of many to “drain the swamp” of special interests, lobbyists are still making gains in President Donald J. Trump’s Washington. While members of the House of Representatives are showing progress in fact-checking special interests’ claims, crony influence peddlers still have one piece of valuable leverage on their side: the limited time on members’ clocks.
December 22, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) applauded President Trump for signing into law the first comprehensive tax reform package in 31 years. » Read More
December 21, 2017
This article originally appeared on InsideSources on December 19, 2017.
As any board member or financial officer will readily attest, budgeting is never a walk in the park. But federal lawmakers have it especially tough, managing a multi-trillion-dollar operation and navigating through countless competing interests. » Read More
Taxpayers Protection Alliance Congratulates House and Senate For Passing Comprehensive Tax Reform PackageGrace Morgan on
December 20, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) congratulated the House and Senate for passing the first comprehensive tax reform package in 31 years.
December 19, 2017
The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), representing millions of taxpayers across the country, urges the House of Representatives to vote YES for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. TPA is encouraged by the final tax reform package crafted by the conference committee. This legislation will provide comprehensive tax relief for millions of Americans. » Read More
December 18, 2017
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This article originally appeared in The Daily Caller on December 14, 2017
In the aftermath of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) vote to repeal Title II regulations, internet service providers (ISPs) will regain flexibility lost in recent years. Once again providers will have the ability to offer options such as zero rating (free data) plans that can be used to help lower income populations access important content. But, concerns abound about the ability of ISPs to manage services where there’s little competition between providers. Attempts at all levels of government to provide for robust ISP have bilked taxpayers for billions of dollars without addressing rural broadband needs. Instead of failed government-centric solutions, closing the digital divide will require low-cost partnerships with the government and the private sector.
Taxpayers Protection Alliance Congratulates Federal Communications Commission Rollback of Obama-Era RegulationsDavid Williams on
December 14, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for rolling back onerous Title II net neutrality regulations that have been holding back internet investment and hurting taxpayers. By a 3-2 vote, the FCC nixed the disastrous Title II regulations imposed on the internet. This shows that the agency, under the leadership of Chairman Pai, is serious about advancing sensible tech policy in a way that benefits taxpayers and all Americans. » Read More
Alabama taxpayers could save money and have faster internet based on technology being tested in CullmanJohnny Kampis on
December 13, 2017
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This article originally appeared on Yellowhammer News on December 10, 2017
Nestled between knee-high grass and mobile homes, a cell tower in this small community in Cullman County will soon demonstrate cutting-edge technology. It is here that AT&T will run fiber-optic cable and then beam internet signals to nearby homes with antennas installed on their rooftops, a service known as fixed wireless. This rural area in Alabama is one of the test cases for the new technology, which AT&T will use to deliver internet to areas where it’s not cost effective to build out fiber-optic infrastructure.
December 12, 2017
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This article originally appeared in the Morning Consult on December 4, 2017, and was written by Jeffrey Mazzella, President of the Center for Individual Freedom.
In an era of unprecedented congressional gridlock, the best way for the Trump administration to keep its promise to build new infrastructure and create new jobs is to find new ways to boost private sector investment. That requires an all-hands-on-deck effort, across all departments of government – not just at the big “hard-hat” agencies like the Department of Transportation. Fortunately, one of the most important efforts to drive private sector infrastructure growth is already under consideration at the Federal Communications Commission.
December 11, 2017
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This article originally appeared in The Washington Examiner on December 11, 2017
Discoveries beyond the solar system are exciting, so long as the price tag remains hidden from the public view. NASA recently released a technical/cost analysis on their ambitious Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) to little fanfare. WFRIST, designed to provide a high-resolution mapping of the universe and explore planets outside our solar system (exoplanets), had its cost originally pegged at $3.2 billion. Now, the cost is expected to be around $4 billion due to the planned “technological demonstration” of expensive coronagraph equipment. And $4 billion may be low considering the inevitable cost overruns with any government project.