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The Article V Path

Can Americans term-limit Congress? Twenty-three states had passed term limits on their congressional delegations by 1995 — many while simultaneously term-limiting state lawmakers. Voters in most other states lack statewide initiative rights. But if the term limits passed by the 23 had been left alone, the pressure would have been

Freedom of Information

What a Day for an Insult

Much of politics is timing. When you release information is key. One favorite “statesman” trick is to bury unflattering information by “releasing” it on a Friday, right before the weekend. This gives politicians a respite. Surely world events will have spewed up some worse (that is, more interesting!) story over

Jerry Gibbs

Pierce Petition Power

Pierce County, Washington, Executive Pat McCarthy charges that “a majority of the County Council bowed to political pressure, even though this could set a terrible precedent that the most basic administrative actions of government can be derailed by the simple act of signing a piece of paper.” Yeah, right. At

Arkansas Tricksters

Stop Phony Crony Pay Grab

Are people in Arkansas as stupid as their legislators think? Last November, legislators tricked enough voters to narrowly pass Issue 3. I’ve addressed before the measure’s dishonest ballot language, mis-identifying a doubling of allowed terms as the “setting of term limits.” And about a much-ballyhooed gift ban that has proven

How Earnest Is The IRS?

Sometimes those who wield power over us seem less than honest about whether they’re following their own professed rules, including rules mandated by law. The latest example comes to us courtesy of the watchdog group Cause of Action, which filed a Freedom of Information request for correspondence between the IRS

The Dark Guardian of Opacity

Sen. Harry Reid has his reasons that reason does not know. Well, Nick Gillespie of ReasonTV (and .com) doesn’t know them. But he has his suspicions. While the House has passed the Federal Reserve Financial Transparency Act, aiming to audit the Fed, Senate Majority Leader Reid balks at bringing the

Candid Cameras for Cops

Should policemen be required to wear cameras? Some already do. The rationale for the proposal is this: when police wear cameras that — with a few carefully defined exceptions — must be on whenever officers are on the job, they do their jobs better. With respect to the furor in

The Dog-Ate List

It’s hard to keep track of things. It helps to make a list. I’m trying to follow all the IRS-scandal stonewalling, the latest example of which is how emails inculpating Lois Lerner and others have mysteriously disappeared; with, allegedly, no server backups (see my latest Townhall column, “The Dog Ate

One Cheer for an IRS Man?

I’m hesitating. But given the way many IRS honchos have too often behaved throughout the agency’s history, including today — yes, I’ll applaud Randolph Thrower for saying no to a President. Thrower died in March at the age of 100 as the “IRS Chief Who Resisted Nixon.” He had headed

The Tax Agency and the Tortoise

We are indebted to a publisher of tax information called Tax Analysts for its efforts to make the Internal Revenue Service slightly more accountable. The IRS finds itself beleaguered, sort of, by scandal — the fallout from their practice of impeding applications for tax-exempt status of Tea Party and other

The National Confessional

Secrecy in diplomacy and intelligence-gathering is supposed to protect the nation. But secrecy also protects bad policy . . . including great crimes that undermine our security. This week, the National Security Archive released onto the Web the first official admission that agents of the United States government brought down

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