A recent decision by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce suggests that the organization that claims to represent “the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes” is more interested in strengthening the grip of crony capitalism on the government of the United States than it is in supporting the free market.

On Monday the House considered government funding for the next 12 months, and took the opportunity to cut appropriations for the IRS enforcement budget by 25 percent.

Steve Forbes calls for defunding of the IRS with the only reason for its continued existence being “a handful of clerks to process refunds.” But why stop there; why not repeal the 16th Amendment and abolish the income tax?

The economy of Kansas is beginning to revive, thanks to tax cuts by Governor Sam Brownback. Now serious cuts in state spending are needed to complete the job.

Representative David Jolly (R-Fla.) has proposed an “Alternative Maximum Tax” limiting any non-corporate taxpayer’s total tax payment — including federal, state, and local taxes — to 50 percent of adjusted gross income. But why not establish a 5 percent “Alternative Maximum Tax,” until such time as the income tax is abolished entirely?

The drop in the deficit, which the Obama administration is taking credit for, is temporary and will do little to keep the official national debt from shortly reaching $25 trillion.

Spending is not our basic problem. We've become an immoral people demanding that Congress forcibly use one American to serve the purposes of another.

The rising opposition in Congress to renewal of the charter for the Export-Import Bank from Tea Party congressmen has spawned an all-out effort by crony capitalist lobbyists in organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

When comparing Texas and California to decide where to locate a company or family, in just about every category the advantage goes to Texas.

The law of supply and demand continues to confound the experts who predicted higher — and then even higher — gas prices.

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