REINS Act eliminates ‘regulation without representation’

The best policy ideas often come from outside the halls of government. Sometimes, those ideas even get the attention — and approval — of Congress. In a Bluegrass Beacon column earlier this year, I endorsed a policy idea by Alexandria resident Lloyd Rogers, a former judge-executive in Northern Kentucky, that would require an up-or-down vote in Congress for all…

Quote of the day on America’s digital delivery: Government should ‘butt out and let the market work the magic’

“The digital economy — one of the only vibrant economic sectors left — doesn’t need more government “investment” or regulation. It needs only for government to butt out and let the market work the magic that continues to bring us the marvels of the modern age.” –Jim Lakelyis, co-director of the Center on the Digital…

How should we measure ‘productivity’ in the legislature?

A productive legislature is one that does … what, exactly? The Washington Post today argues that Congress is about to wrap up one of its least “productive” sessions in recent memory. The headline on Bob Pershing’s column reads, “In 2011, fewer bills, fewer laws and plenty of blame.” Pershing writes Regardless of whether you want…