Mike Needham

Posted May 23, 2011

Over the next year, as the Republican primary process plays out, there will be plenty of time for silliness, scoring political points, and mischaracterizations of each candidate’s record. But hidden amongst all the typical nonsense will also be some diamond in the rough moments.

Posted May 16, 2011

Despite all their highly paid consultants, pollsters, advisers and politicos, the Washington Establishment has a unique, almost uncanny ability, to be completely tone deaf.

Posted May 09, 2011

Unless you’ve been living in Abbottabad, you’ve probably noticed the price of gasoline is rising almost as fast as our national debt. How our government spends our money and how we decide to power our economy are two of the most pressing challenges facing our country.

Posted May 02, 2011

“Republicans Get Grilled at Town Hall Meetings Over Budget Plan,” read the headline on a page National Journal, an inside-the-beltway news source that put up with video clips of Republican lawmakers at townhall meetings during the April recess.

Posted April 25, 2011

There’s a lot of talk around the country – especially among conservatives – about who will be the savior of the Republican Party as the presidential candidate in 2012. All of that talk is premature.

Posted April 18, 2011

It’s a pretty good rule of thumb that, in Washington, whatever the Establishment is focusing on is a distraction from the real issue.

Posted April 11, 2011

Late Friday night, Congress agreed to a framework to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. They quickly passed a stopgap measure to keep the government open while they turn the framework into legislative text, which is expected to pass both chambers of Congress.

Posted April 04, 2011

Putting political gain ahead of our troops is pretty crass, but it seems some are prepared to do it.

Posted March 28, 2011

The big spending fight of 2011 will come in several months when Congress considers raising the debt limit. The debate is likely to unfold very similarly to how the short-term funding fight has played out. Will Congress demand transformational changes in exchange for raising the debt limit?

Posted March 21, 2011

Two years after an historic election, Americans asked for a refund.

Posted March 14, 2011

This week, Congress has the opportunity to reverse its tragic 2009 decision to end the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.

Posted March 07, 2011

Over thirty years ago, in 1978, the United States government ran an annual deficit of $59 billion. In that year, a fiscally conservative legislative strategy might have been to cut $2 billion a week for the last seven months of the year.

Posted February 28, 2011

Great leaders rise to the occasion, and just five days ahead of a government shutdown, we know all we need to know about President Obama and Harry Reid’s Senate: They are fundamentally unserious about reining in spending.

Posted February 21, 2011

At critical times through our nation’s history, principled and courageous men have stood up and lead our country towards greatness. Our Founding Fathers declared their independence from Britain and created our Constitution – the greatest governing document we have ever seen.

Posted February 12, 2011

It’s been a long time since you could say this, but last week was a great week for conservatives in Washington.

Posted February 07, 2011

It's only February and we already have a strong contender for the most substantively offensive quote of 2011.

Posted January 31, 2011

Give President Obama credit for saying the right thing when he praised America's spirit of entrepreneurship in his State of the Union address. It's a shame his policies contradict his rhetoric.

Posted January 24, 2011

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” For the past two years, that has been the motto of the Obama administration.

Posted January 17, 2011

Prognosticators are rarely held accountable in Washington, but Senate Democrats may want to consider holding Chuck Schumer accountable for his analysis of the benefits of Obamacare.

Posted April 14, 2010

Government has become an engine of redistribution, creating a growing constituency of “takers” supported by a shrinking population of “givers.” As a result, America’s ethic of self-reliance—and the institutions of civil society designed to provide neighborly care to the needy—face the gravest threat posed in our nation’s history.