February 1, 2021
In broad daylight, some of the most recognizable online brokerages showed the world that they believe in a free market only in theory. Robinhood, the app that democratized retail investing by letting users make commission-free trades, provides the richest irony. Now that main street America can aggregate market information and has the power to short stocks and buy options, the very firms that opened the stock market to millions have had a change of heart.
January 28, 2021
To avoid so-called “confrontation,” Xi urged President Joe Biden’s administration Monday to reverse the Trump administration’s economic restrictions on China and forgo its plans to build a Western coalition to push back on Beijing.
January 5, 2021
The Constitution promises Americans equal protection under the law and the right to elect their representatives. This principle is usually summed up as "one person, one vote," and it stems from a long history of balancing the sovereignty of states as a check against the federal government and vice versa. So, at Wednesday's joint session, in accordance with the 12th Amendment, I will join representatives and senators who object to seating electors from several states.
December 17, 2020
To be clear, Congress had all year to hammer out an agreement on appropriating money for congressionally funded government operations. In a perfect world, Congress would vote on the various department appropriations one by one before Sept. 30, and then, work would begin on the next year’s spending. This would avoid the now-annual tradition of releasing thousand-page “omnibus” packages just days before the government runs out of money. Methodically negotiating and voting on each appropriation would allow members of Congress to address narrower issues in certain areas where Congress spends our hard-earned taxpayer dollars.
November 27, 2020
In March, days and weeks felt longer as our days took on a startling similarity while many sheltered in place. But now that the holidays are approaching, it seems time is moving faster, even as we struggle to adjust to the holiday season.
October 31, 2020
As Americans cope with pandemic fatigue and economic uncertainty, much of the economy remains in a state of limbo. More and more Americans feel a disconnect between themselves and the policymakers they elect to represent them. Likewise, the disconnect between marketable securities on Wall Street and Main Street is growing. While capital markets remain strong, across America, many people remain unable to return to work, landlords cannot collect rent from tenants who cannot pay or have been exempted, and many businesses struggle to get loans, leaving people and businesses distraught as their livelihoods crumble.
As the nation continues to adjust and adapt to life in a pandemic, it is more important than ever that America’s elected leaders understand how the policies imposed from Washington (many over my objections) affect the people who elected us. Perhaps most urgently, people have wanted to share their reactions to state executive orders that effectively closed our economy, deemed some activities essential and others non-essential, and threaten to further disrupt work, school, sports, and much more. In light of that and the related public health crisis, this August is the perfect opportunity to observe the impacts of CARES Act—the trillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill.
July 31, 2020
State legislatures have been remarkably muted. However, the time for unilateral public health mandates has passed. As the Wisconsin Supreme Court rightly recognized, legislatures need to be included in this process, and “the governor cannot rely on emergency powers indefinitely.” We’re almost five months into this pandemic, and still, legislatures across the country, including Congress, have not properly engaged in policy decisions.