In these posts, we sometimes use the term "political class" to describe the men and women who are elected to, or are otherwise a permanent part of, our government. Some choose to use the term "ruling class," which is a phrase that conjures images of an elite that rules by right.
The recently passed tax reform law has been touted as putting billions of dollars back into the pockets of individual taxpayers, in addition to giving corporations tax relief that will help them create more economic growth.
The least consequential government shutdown we can recall may be near a resolution. All of the tiresome partisan fingerpointing and blame shifting aside, there are a few items to recall about shutdowns, none of them good:
After years of waiting, the Pentagon is finally going to produce an audit of its operations. While this might not seem like a big deal to some -- what could an audit possibly tell us that hasn't already made headlines -- this item tells us why an audit may be a very good thing:
What do federal bureaucrats think of the private sector workers they regulate? According to an investigation by the Cause of Action Institute, not much. Following a tip from a whistleblower, the Institute put in a freedom of information request to NOAA, and got a copy of the agency's secret internal newsletter.