• Actor, Writer & Political Commentator: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is "Puppet Congresswoman... Controlled By Dangerous People" (Video)

    Some States Abuse This Provision to Block Critical Projects. Here’s What Congress Can Do.

    There are seemingly endless regulatory obstacles for critical infrastructure projects.

    One of these obstacles is starting to get some much-needed attention: abuse of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

    The Congressional Research Service has explained that Section 401 “requires that an applicant for a federal license or permit provide a certification that any discharges from the facility will comply with the act, including state-established water quality standard requirements.”

    This provision is a good example of the cooperative federalism that characterizes the Clean Water Act. Under this federal statute, states can use the Section 401 certification process to ensure that state water quality will not be harmed through federally permitted activities.… Read More...

  • It Is Not Conservative to Support Farm Subsidies. Here's Where Conservative Icons Have Stood.

    It Is Not Conservative to Support Farm Subsidies. Here’s Where Conservative Icons Have Stood.

    As the farm bill debate heats up, it is important to remember that farm subsidy reform is definitely a conservative issue.

    Conservatives believe in free markets, not central planning. They believe in fiscal responsibility, not waste. When something comes up such as the House farm bill and its expansion of farm subsidies, conservatives need to point out this is the very antithesis of conservative principles.

    Farm subsidy proponents characterize as anti-farmer anyone who wants to make even the most reasonable and modest reforms to the out-of-control farm handout system.

    But they are not anti-farmer, nor were those conservatives in the past who sought subsidy reform.

  • Dispelling Claims by Farm Subsidy Proponents

    Dispelling Claims by Farm Subsidy Proponents

    Agricultural special interests try to make it sound as though touching even one farm subsidy—regardless of how unreasonable the subsidy is—will be the end of agriculture as we know it.

    Using scare tactics, they will assert wild claims without any support, or they will cherry-pick data to provide a misleading picture. For example, they often point to declines from record or near-record highs.

    The following provides answers to some common claims made by the special interests.

    The Agricultural Economy

    Claim: Farmers are struggling financially.

    Reality: The opposite is true. Farm households have far greater median income and wealth than non-farm households.

  • Obama EPA Officials Protest Scott Pruitt's 'Secret Science' Reforms. Here's Why They're Wrong.

    Obama EPA Officials Protest Scott Pruitt’s ‘Secret Science’ Reforms. Here’s Why They’re Wrong.

    Should the public be allowed to know how bureaucrats develop policies that have major impacts on our lives? Or should we simply be left in the dark?

    That seems like a silly question, right? Hopefully, the answer is obvious.

    For some though—including Gina McCarthy, a former Environmental Protection Agency administrator from the Obama administration—transparency seems to be overrated.

    Recently, current EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that his agency would no longer allow the use of secret science in developing federal regulations. Specifically, the agency will only use scientific studies to develop regulations when the data and methodology for those studies are made accessible to the public.

  • Trump Is Repealing Obama’s Harmful Water Rule. Why Efforts to Stop Him Are Misguided.

    Trump Is Repealing Obama’s Harmful Water Rule. Why Efforts to Stop Him Are Misguided.

    In 2015, the Obama administration finalized its infamous “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule—also known as the Clean Water Rule—that sought to regulate almost every type of water imaginable under the Clean Water Act.

    To its credit, the Trump administration is taking action to get rid of this rule by withdrawing it and then issuing a new definition of what waters are covered under the Clean Water Rule.

    This process, though, will require significant litigation as lawsuits pile up in an effort to block the administration from protecting the environment in a manner that also respects property rights, federalism, and the rule of law.

  • Obamacare Exchanges Fraud Costs Taxpayers Millions

    What’s at Stake for US Farmers and Ranchers in NAFTA Renegotiations

    The current NAFTA renegotiations between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico have major implications for American farmers, ranchers, and consumers, as shown by a new Heritage Foundation report.

    Agricultural trade in general is extremely important to the U.S. In 2016, agricultural exports totaled nearly $135 billion—more than three times the total in 1989.

    For many American farmers and ranchers, exports are a necessity. They produce more than they can sell domestically.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service explains, “With the productivity of U.S. agriculture growing faster than domestic food and fiber demand, U.S. farmers and agricultural firms rely heavily on export markets to sustain prices and revenues.”

    Certain commodities are especially dependent on export markets.

  • The 'Reverse Robin Hood Effect' of Farm Handouts

    The ‘Reverse Robin Hood Effect’ of Farm Handouts

    The federal government takes the hard-earned money of taxpayers and gives handouts to farm households that generally make a lot more money than they do.

    This wealth transfer subsidizes the $15 billion “safety net” for agricultural producers, which ostensibly exists to help these businesses address agricultural risk.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released a report that shed light on this reverse Robin Hood effect.

    The numbers are staggering. According to the Department of Agriculture, the median income for farm households that received commodity subsidies and crop insurance indemnities were both about $145,000 in 2015. That’s far more than double the median income of all U.S.