Both Parties Should Support My Permitting-Reform Bill

Congress votes this week on the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2022. It’s a defining moment. Will we promote energy security and independence, or will we allow extreme ideologies and politics to embolden our nation’s enemies? Will we allow toxic tribal politics and the Vladimir Putins of the world to dictate our future, or … Read more

Here’s why the $39 trillion US retirement system gets a C+ grade

Siriporn Wongmanee / Eyeem | Eyem | Getty Images The US retirement system may seem flush — yet it ranks poorly in relation to those in other developed nations. Collectively, Americans had more than $39 trillion in wealth earmarked for old age at the end of 2021, according to the Investment Company Institute. However, the … Read more

California lawmakers call on Congress to pass the Social Security bill

Spurs/Rupp | Image Source | Getty Images As talk of Social Security reform heats up heading into the November election, one congressional proposal to expand the federal program has received a new endorsement from California lawmakers. In August, a joint resolution passed both the state’s senate and its assembly. Now, it goes to Capitol Hill … Read more

Montana defies order on transgender birth certificates

BILLINGS, Mont. — Just hours after a Montana judge blocked health officials from enforcing a state rule that would prevent transgender people from changing the gender on their birth certificate, the state on Thursday said it would defy the order. District Court Judge Michael Moses chided attorneys for the state during a hearing in Billings … Read more

Railroad strike, and the economic damage it would cause, looms closer

New York CNN Business — A freight railroad strike, and the economic upheaval it could cause, is getting closer and closer to reality. While two more rail unions reached tentative agreements with railroad management on new contracts Tuesday, the two most important unions — representing the engineers and conductors who make up the two-person crews … Read more

When to claim climate tax breaks, rebates

Sebastian Rothe / Eyeem | Eyem | Getty Images Households may soon be able to claim thousands of dollars in tax breaks and rebates if they take steps to reduce their carbon footprint. But eco-friendly consumers must wait until 2023 — perhaps even 2024 or later — to see many of those financial benefits. The … Read more

Social Security may be a ‘front-burner issue’ in November’s election

zimmytws | iStock | Getty Images As the November midterm elections approach, leaders on both sides of the aisle are trading barbs on one key program that affects millions of Americans: Social Security. Over the weekend, President Joe Biden called out certain lawmakers on Twitter, including Republican Sens. Rick Scott of Florida and Ron Johnson … Read more

Free Enterprise, Not Central Planning, Will Beat China

President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi listen as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks in Washington, Aug. 9. Photo: Evan Vucci/Associated Press The biggest global threat facing the US is communist China. Fortunately, we have a weapon that Beijing lacks: economic freedom. If we tap into the spirit that’s made America the most … Read more

What Democrats’ call for Social Security reform means for benefits

Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., and other lawmakers discuss the Social Security 2100 Act, which would include increased minimum benefits, on Capitol Hill on Oct. 26, 2021. Drew Angerer | Getty Images News | Getty Images Social Security crossed a new milestone when it reached its 87thth anniversary on Sunday. The program was signed into law … Read more

How to qualify for Inflation Reduction Act climate tax breaks, rebates

The Inflation Reduction Act, passed by House Democrats on Friday and headed to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature, is the most ambitious climate spending package in US history — and households that take steps to improve their energy efficiency stand to reap financial benefits. The package would pump $369 billion into measures to … Read more