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In this edition

By on April 26, 2017
In this edition

by LOU ZICKAR

From a Congress that riven with politics to a bureaucracy that is spinning out of control, this edition of the Forum looks at how governance has broken down in Washington and how things can be turned things around.

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The Case For Term Limits

By on April 26, 2017
The Case For Term Limits

by RON DESANTIS

Term limits for members of Congress will change the incentives for members and pave the way for more effective government.

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The Case Against Terms Limits

By on April 26, 2017
The Case Against Terms Limits

by BURDETT LOOMIS

Term limits weaken the legislative branch, at the expense of further empowering the executive and interest groups.

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COEQUAL OR CO-OPTED?

By on April 26, 2017
COEQUAL OR CO-OPTED?

by MICKEY EDWARDS

The balance of power has shifted over the years in favor of the Executive Branch. According to this former lawmaker and political observer, it is time for Congress to claim this power back.

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Fixing the Civil Service

By on April 26, 2017
Fixing the Civil Service

by PHILIP K. HOWARD

Once a cure for good government, the U.S. civil service system is now a cancer on the federal bureaucracy that is choking out efficiency and needs to be reformed.

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Biennial Budgeting: A Positive Idea for America’s Bottom Line

By on April 26, 2017
Biennial Budgeting: A Positive Idea for America’s Bottom Line

by JOHNNY ISAKSON

It is time to convert the broken appropriations process to a two-year cycle, with one year focused on spending, and the other year focused on overseeing the funds that are being spent.

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Creating a Congress of Tomorrow

By on April 26, 2017
Creating a Congress of Tomorrow

by DARIN LAHOOD

When the governing process fails to function, reform is necessary. And this first term lawmaker from the State of Illinois has introduced a bipartisan plan that would do just that.

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An Uncomfortable Reality… Congress Needs More Staff

By on April 26, 2017
An Uncomfortable Reality… Congress Needs More Staff

by KEVIN R. KOSAR

At a time when political dysfunction is paralyzing Capitol Hill, it is time to help Members of Congress do their jobs better by letting them hire more staff.

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A Smart Government Plan with Bipartisan Roots

By on April 26, 2017
A Smart Government Plan with Bipartisan Roots

by LOU ZICKAR

As presidentIial advisor Jared Kushner looks for ways to reform government so it is “ahead of schedule and under budget,” he should look at an idea that Congress almost passed 40 years ago.

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To Strengthen our Infrastructure, Invest in Rural Broadband

By on April 26, 2017
To Strengthen our Infrastructure, Invest in Rural Broadband

by DOUG BRAKE

If new infrastructure spending is to be effective, it must move beyond simple concrete and rebar and focus on digital networks that virtually connect all areas of America.

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