Articles by Veronique de Rugy

The 'Emergency' Loophole

Politicians are crying crocodile tears about deficit spending but their actions demonstrate that they remain addicted to big government. The latest example is a $106.5 billion Senate supplemental spending package. The stated purpose of this latest round of suppleme Read More

Bipartisan Hysteria Is Not Security

The bipartisan hysteria over the pending $6.8 billion deal allowing the company Dubai Ports World to oversee operations at key U.S. ports demonstrates how misguided Congress is in matters of homeland security. The fear over this deal is that Arab... Read More

The Spend of Our Union Is Strong

According to President George W. Bush, "the State of our Union is strong and together we will make it stronger." To that end, the President appeared committed to making his tax cuts permanent and to make America more competitive. He... Read More

The Scarcity of Security

The insurance industry estimates that the U.S. cities facing the highest risk of terrorist attack are New York, Washington, Chicago, and San Francisco. Other cities at a high risk of attack are Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Houston, Seattle, and Boston. All... Read More

Securing the Porkland

For three consecutive years now, the surge in spending to strengthen "homeland security" has provided ample opportunities for Republican and Democrat lawmakers to indulge in common passions: bragging about protecting the country from terrorists and directing feder Read More

Pork Gumbo

Louisiana lawmakers have come up with a request for $250 billion in federal reconstruction funds for Louisiana alone. That's more than $50,000 per person in the state. This money would come on top of the $62.3 billion that Congress has... Read More

Cataloguing the Federal and State Response to Katrina

Many columns have been written on this site in the last few weeks about what the federal government should do in response to Katrina (see here and here for example). Unfortunately, given the nature of political responses to disaster, many... Read More

Hurricane Relief Spending: How Will We Pay For it?

President Bush just signed a bill authorizing an additional $51.8 billion to be spent in hurricane relief. This raises Katrina's cost to federal taxpayers to $62.3 billion so far. "The responsibility of caring for hundreds of thousands of citizens... Read More

Fools Rush In

While the tragic events are still unfolding in New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast, it is business as usual in Washington DC. Critics of President Bush are blaming him for requesting less money for programs to guard... Read More

No Pork Left Behind

Congress is frequently like a self-centered toddler who couldn't care less about the welfare of others. The transportation bill is the best example of that. The bill is two years overdue, billions of dollars higher than the President wanted and... Read More

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