Big Farms, Small Government: An Interview With Tim Huelskamp

One of the chief hypocrisies of government appears when elected officials preach a message of liberty and limited government but then send large government programs back to their home districts. Rep.  Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., does not do that. His district is home to a large rural farming population and receives roughly $5 billion in direct assistance annually. Where other representatives might enthusiastically vote to continue these farming subsidies, Huelskamp has been voting against them. Huelskamp was elected in 2010 after serving four consecutive terms in the Kansas State Senate, where he had been the youngest state senator in 20 years.

Foundation of Liberty: Capital Research Center

The Capital Research Center was founded in 1984 to promote a better understanding of charity and philanthropy, especially in the context of supporting a free society. They understand that the principles of individual liberty, a free market economy, and limited constitutional government are the cornerstones of American society and the foundation of private enterprise, economic growth, and wealth creation. These principles also open the door wide for generous donors to support organizations that fight for and support these same principles. Unfortunately many donors reject these principles and many of the organizations these donors support are calling for an expansion of

Before Senator Paul, There Was Senator Taft

Before there was Rand Paul, there was Robert Taft: a prominent Republican senator who spoke out against excessive federal spending, a growing welfare state, military adventurism overseas, and the erosion of civil liberties at home. Unlike Paul, Taft was the son of a president. But the younger Taft, despite thrice seeking the GOP presidential nomination, made his most indelible mark as a lawmaker. And while he is best known for serving in a “Do Nothing Congress,” Taft’s accomplishments endured longer than many of his successors’. There were three conservative Congresses in the 20th century that made a serious attempt at cutting

Interview: Gary Johnson Proposes Libertarian Third Way

On Monday, April 29, former Libertarian presidential candidate and two-term Republican governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson wrapped his spring “Live Free” campus tour at George Washington University, where he was hosted by the school’s College Libertarians. Governor Johnson “spill[ed] his guts” (as the flyer advertised) on hot-button issues like abortion (supports), marijuana legalization (supports), and the surveillance state (emphasized due process of law). He also gave students sage advice on achieving their goals, calling them “directors, producers, and stars” of their own life’s movie. Johnson spoke for about 50 minutes before taking questions from audience members. Roughly 250 people

In Praise Of The Do-Nothing Congress: A Review of ‘Devouring Freedom’

Most Americans don’t like big government. Moreover, polls show that the number of people expressing a preference for smaller government has only been growing in recent decades. So why does our government keep expanding? In his new book Devouring Freedom: Can Big Government Ever Be Stopped? journalist W. James Antle III tries to answer that question. He also gives some recommendations on how to start shrinking government back down again. Antle sticks to his comparative advantage: reporting. He steers clear of academic ideas about the role of government in a just society. He painstakingly documents the problems caused by big

Sometimes, Crony Capitalists Oppose A Subsidy

In the summer of 2007, as gas prices rose to the highest levels in their history, presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain responded to the rising anger by promising to “stand up” to Big Oil. In this narrative, which has been perpetuated by Democrats and Republicans, both sides set up their canvas and painted an oil landscape featuring the exploitation of the average American because Big Oil executives were really greedy and mean and must hate life. With the recession in full force, it was easy to accept that Big Oil was targeting and exploiting the average consumer for

AFF Members Win Buckley Awards

Tonight, the Young Conservatives Coalition will award five young professional conservatives with their prestigious Young Conservative Leadership “Buckley Award.” Join us tonight at the Capitol Hill Club to congratulate them during an event cosponsored by the Young Republican National Federation, America’s Future Foundation, the College Republican National Committee, and Allegiance Direct. The awards recognize individuals between the ages of 21-40 who’ve made a significant contribution to the conservative movement at large in the last year. The awards are in honor of the late William F. Buckley Jr. – a conservative movement leader/icon who founded National Review and wrote God &

In Marriage Business, Government is Picking Winners and Losers

Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s decision to oppose gay marriage has only heightened the polarized nature of this year’s presidential campaign. Along with President Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage and the likelihood that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear two same-sex marriage cases in the near future, it seems as if the United States is in a full-fledged marriage war. Republicans have obstinately defended Cathy, defining marriage singularly as a sacred covenant between one man and one woman. And yet, there is something highly contradictory about a party that advocates the regulation of marriage, but rallies behind a platform for

Profiles in Liberty: F. Vincent “Vinnie” Vernuccio

Attorney and labor expert, F. Vincent “Vinnie” Vernuccio is currently heading up the labor policy team at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). He is the creator and editor of CEI’s labor news website WorkplaceChoice.org, home of the acclaimed Big Labor vs. Taxpayer Index which, “comprehensively ranks each state on 23 individual aspects to determine the degree to which states favor organized labor and which favor taxpayers.” Vinnie is an attorney and labor consultant, previously having served as an official in the United States Department of Labor. He is a frequent speaker on labor panels in Washington, D.C., and across the

Profiles in Liberty: Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket is the editor of The Water Cooler blog at the Washington Times. As someone who did not go to journalism school, and had “no plans of going into journalism,” her success is a testament to new rules of political reporting. “Just take in as much experience as possible,” she advises young people, “just as odd as it is.” Her career is certainly a story of odd experiences, taking her through MTV.com and MTV Radio.  She produced news content for Robin Quivers of “The Howard Stern Show” on Sirius satellite radio. The Media Research Center brought her into conservative