Washington Absurdities

In a new column this week, Heritage Action’s communications director, Dan Holler, discusses upcoming issues all Americans should be concerned about, including a Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) tax (which is exactly as terrible as it sounds), student loans, and a renewed interest in eliminating the Commerce Department (because really, did you even know what it was or what it did?):

“Fortunately, not everyone in Washington is thinking about government-centric solutions. When Commerce Secretary John Bryson resigned for health reasons last week, Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rand Paul (R-KY) raised the possibility of breaking up or eliminating the Department.

“On the heels of the Republican Revolution, there was a serious effort to shutter the Commerce Department. In 1995, then-Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI) said the battle over Commerce represented ‘a historic opportunity to stop the growth of government’ and ‘it would be a tragedy’ if the ‘effort to eliminate the Department of Commerce is defeated.’

“He told a gathering at The Heritage Foundation that it would ‘be impossible, in my judgment, to successfully address the massive growth of government and balance the budget if we cannot even address dismantling this department and redesignating its core functions to other agencies.’

“Senator Abraham’s warning proved prophetic. Not only did we fail to shutter Commerce, a Republican-controlled government went on to expand entitlements and explode spending, all of which laid the groundwork for a Democrat-controlled government to sweep in and saddle us with Obamacare.”

You can read the full article here.

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