Corporations like Koch Industries are granted the right to operate as a business under U.S. law. When corporations choose to routinely circumvent or break the law, our government has the duty to penalize that illegal activity with appropriate sanctions.
The refusal of Congress has led the USPS to embrace strategies that may save money in the short term but will undermine if not destroy the public mission of the post office in the long term.
Republicans have been railing at the government post office for many years. But for most of us, it is a "wondrous American creation."
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Members of Congress have continued to see their wealth grow. Many saw their fortunes increase by millions of dollars. Here are the five members of Congress with the highest net worth, according to their 2010 financial disclosures.
The New York Times front page featured a menacing headline, "A Businessman in Congress Helps His District and Himself." However, key facts in the story are inaccurate and the headline crumbles without these facts.
Now that Republicans in Congress won important concessions in the debt ceiling debate, the next partisan battle is likely to be over what promises to be the first major scandal of the Obama administration: the botched gun sting known as "Operation Fast and Furious."
We cannot continue to ask the brave men and women of our Armed Forces to put their lives on the line while we jeopardize their safety by failing to ensure that Defense Department funds are not siphoned off to warlords in Afghanistan.
Secret spending in elections is toxic. The Obama administration's draft executive order to increase transparency in political spending is a big step in the right direction. It is time for the president to sign it.
It is misguided at best and counter to any reasonable concept of independently established regulatory protection to factor economic considerations into the formula for safety regulations.
It's unfortunate that the Oversight and Government Reform committee, under Issa's leadership, has functioned thus far as a soapbox for corporate special interests, but there remain good people who are committed to restoring that body to its proper role.
At the start of the 112th Congress, Issa started the House Transparency Caucus. But curiously, since then he hasn't actually shown any interest in promoting government transparency or accountability.
If conservatives don't like labor unions, they are entitled to their opinions. But when they attack unions by arguing that they actually hurt working people, they don't have the facts on their side. They are crying wolf.
It's no coincidence that the Koch's fingerprints Issa's hearing. In a political system where clean elections laws are steadily being swept away, wealthy advocates for corporate welfare have the ability to buy unprecedented influence on decision makers.
This is the story of a relentless assault on the working middle class and those desperately trying to gain a foothold on the ladder up to it.
Politico's own reaction provides revealing insight into how Washington's must-read source for political news operates and views itself within the greater media scene.