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January 18, 2006
ANDREW FERGUSON writes that after Abramoff, Congress is fixing the wrong problem. No surprise there.
Meanwhile, John Shadegg is in the Wall Street Journal, (free link):
Republicans promised the American people two things in 1994. First, we promised to rein in the size and scope of the federal government. Second, we promised to clean up Washington. In recent years, we have fallen short on both counts. Total federal spending has grown by 33% since 1995, in inflation-adjusted dollars. Worse, we have permitted some of the same backroom practices that flourished in the old Democrat-controlled House. Powerful members of Congress are able to insert provisions giving away millions--even tens of millions--of dollars in the dead of night. The recent scandals involving Duke Cunningham and Jack Abramoff have highlighted the problem, but this is not just a case of a few bad apples. The system itself needs structural reforms.
UPDATE: On Hugh Hewitt's show, John Boehner answers questions from Hewitt, bloggers, et al.