Deficits and debt: who's in charge here?

SAFE seeks to enlist Sen. Rand Paul as an ally who could help to build support for our suggestion that balancing the budget should be the top issue in the 2020 presidential race. Read More...

Impeachment push is symptom of underlying problems

Don’t blame sporadic, ineffective government on the current president. This pattern has been developing for years, and barring corrective action it will keep getting worse. Read More...

Seeking the best path forward

Herewith a state of play review of several topics: Impeachment inquiry - generational divide - fiscal problem - taxes - healthcare - climate realism - "renewable" energy - DE public schools. Read More...

Climate alarmists stick to talking points

Two high profile speakers at the University of Delaware addressed the manmade global warming theory and potential policy responses. Very little new information was offered. Read More...

A conversation about the fiscal problem

In addition to letters urging that presidential candidates offer plans for balancing the budget, SAFE is available for discussion. A recent meeting with Sen. Tom Carper went well. Read More...

In the court of public opinion

Trying to simultaneously conduct a “quick” impeachment inquiry, keep the country running and prepare for a presidential election isn’t a recipe for good results. Read More...

It's not the budget process that's broken, it's our political system

What do the just-launched impeachment process and the long-time fiscal problem have in common? They both reflect a failure to confront bad behavior, which we may have cause to regret. Read More...

Marketing the climate crisis

One Democratic presidential candidate after another asserted that climate change is an “existential threat.” The purpose of the 7-hour townhall wasn’t education, but rather indoctrination. Read More...

What's all this talk about Socialism?

It’s not hard to see what’s wrong with Socialism and understand why free enterprise should work better. So why aren't conservatives winning this debate, and how can they carry the day? Read More...

Options to combat computer tech bias

Rein in Google, sure, but think before acting. The first solution suggested may not be the best option. Read More...

Time to crack down on Google?

Google et al. could do a lot more to sway the 2020 elections than Russia did in 2016, simply by skewing the content that is readily accessible on the internet. Read More...

Miami debates foreshadow hyperpartisan presidential campaign

The prevailing mindset at the Democratic debates in Miami was that the government can solve all the ills of mankind and should seek to do so no matter what the cost. Read More...

Obstacles to spending taxpayer money responsibly

As though it wasn’t hard enough to assess competing government programs on a benefit/cost basis, comparisons are further complicated by using varying funding strategies. Read More...

Renewable Fuel Standard is an unjustifiable giveaway

If ethanol made sense as a fuel, why would a government mandate be needed? Read More...

How goes the battle?

SAFE board mulls some tough issues, including reviving the interest of our political leaders in balancing the budget vs. promising “free stuff” that taxpayers aren’t willing to pay for. Read More...

Assault on the electoral college

Abolishing the electoral college may or may not be a good idea, but in any case an interstate compact isn’t the way to go about it. Read More...

Whither BP-2020

The House and Senate Budget Committees reviewed the president's budget proposal from every angle. Republicans seem worried about budget deficits; Democrats are more concerned about spending cuts. Read More...

President's budget proposal lands with a thud

The president’s budget proposal doesn’t go far enough, but it will represent a big step in the right direction – if Congress is paying attention. Read More...

Partisan gridlock reigns in DC

For voters who would favor less partisan strife in DC, don’t hold your breath because the Democratic game plan ensures it’s not going to happen. Read More...

It's time to balance the budget

SAFE contacts selected political leaders re path forward for the fiscal problem. Effective presidential leadership would be essential as Congress isn't equipped to get the job done on its own.


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Government reopens for 3 weeks

Let's hope the president's SOTU address will inspire Congress to resolve the battle over border "wall" funding. None of the default options are appealing. Read More...

Prospects for action on the fiscal problem

SAFE suggestions: Abolish debt limit, prune spending, don't expand entitlements, don't raise taxes, expect 2020 presidential candidates to support balancing the budget.
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Call for unity in SOTU; don't hold your breath

The president’s address to Congress was politically astute, but it painted an excessively rosy picture of the true "state of the union." Read More...

Reading the tea leaves for 2019

This should be an interesting year, judging from the predictions of five astute pundits, but political consensus doesn’t seem to be on the menu. Read More...

We're all in the same boat

There are heroes left in America, not necessarily in the top jobs, and this end-of-the-year essay celebrates the contributions some of them have made in the current political environment. Read More...

Time's running out for the 115th Congress

SAFE proposed four relatively modest goals for the closing weeks of the 115th Congress; guess how many of them will be achieved this year. Read More...

US electoral system is faltering

Elections are about power, and a “win at all costs” mindset seems increasingly common. If this trend is not reversed, we may have reason to regret it. Read More...

US government report presents dire global warming outlook

Did Trump administration try to “bury” official report about adverse consequences of manmade global warming by releasing it on the day after Thanksgiving? Not likely! Read More...

Revitalizing the US economy

Faster economic growth would be great, but the president’s plan may need some adjustments. Numerous opinions are reflected in the analysis, which transcends the standard liberal/conservative divide. Read More...

Suggested goals for the "lame duck" session

SAFE to DC: Between now and 12/31, please focus on budget process reform, FY 2019 appropriation bills, approval of USMCA, and disclosure of how/why the Trump campaign investigation was started.
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Celebrate the past, plan for the future (E-1)


For a little, all-volunteer “think tank,” SAFE has punched well above its weight. In part this is due to our habit of periodically coming down from the ivory tower to engage with the real world.

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Healthcare could be deciding issue (E-8)

Republicans have demolished Democratic arguments for doubling down on GovCare, and the administration is working on (but hasn’t clearly explained) some worthwhile improvements. Read More...

May we see your license, please (E-15)

If our political leaders lack the judgment (energy policy), diligence (fiscal problem), or integrity (immigration laws) to do their jobs, call them out for practicing politics without a license. Read More...

Problem solving 101 (E-22)

What do the Kavanaugh confirmation battle and an unsuccessful petition to the Delaware PSC have in common? In both cases, the losing side needs to engage in some self-examination. Read More...

Kavanaugh is confirmed, but rancor lives on (E-29)

The Senate confirmation process was severely tested in reviewing the Kavanaugh nomination. If nothing else, something needs to be done about invasion of the premises by protestors. Read More...

Midterm issues: deficits and debt (E-43)

What to hope for this fall: acknowledgement that the fiscal problem is serious and advocacy of credible solutions versus the usual finger pointing. Read More...

Midterm issues: Immigration (E-50)

Festering disagreements about immigration (border security, admission policies, voting rights) must be squarely addressed to avert serious long-term consequences. Read More...

Midterm issues: Renewable energy (E - 57)

Never mind climate science or how the electric power grid works, renewable energy policies are based primarily on political considerations.
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Midterm issues: Healthcare (E-71)

Republicans have a pretty good story on healthcare if they are willing to stand up and be counted, but they need to get over the idea that it’s possible to please everyone. Read More...

Unity: The impossible dream (E-78)

No Labels posits that unity will result if politicians discuss the issues, but experience suggests otherwise. It might be better to debate the issues and aim for timely and well-informed decisions. Read More...

Socialism doesn't work (E-85)

If some people get handouts, others must pay. Social welfare programs are the biggest cost in government; ethanol is a costly substitute for oil; fuel cells are unsuitable for commercial scale power generation. Read More...

Key issues for mid-term elections (E - 92)

The national political climate is disturbing, and critics blame the president. Trump's supporters should abandon him, they say, without acknowledging that their side may also be at fault. Read More...

A disturbing political climate

Robust political debate is great, but underhanded tactics and vicious personal attacks are dangerous. Never mind who threw the first stone, our political leaders should get back to the issues. Read More...

Rethinking the healthcare system - Part two

The US healthcare system has deep-rooted problems, the two parties disagree as to solutions, and the situation is deteriorating. The president is pushing for action; will he get it? Read More...

The high cost of prescription drugs

The administration's plan to bring down drug prices seems relatively sensible, as far as it goes, but the promises being made of quick and dramatic results are unrealistic. Read More...

Don't overthink the fiscal problem, it's not that complicated

The fiscal problem needs to be attacked more aggressively than it has been in recent years. and we agree with Milton Friedman that there is no chance of success without doing a much better job of controlling government spending. Read More...

The other deficit: balance of payments

We agree that the balance of payments deficit with China is of serious concern, but the administration is not making the right moves to combat it. Read More...

Overuse of the judicial process

Routine use of politically motivated lawsuits to challenge administrative policies is contributing to the political gridlock that everyone professes to be concerned about. Read More...

Don't count on finessing fiscal problem

The GOP tax cut may have been a reasonable bet, but trillion-dollar deficits are sure to backfire. Read More...

SAFE to DC: Please fix this problem

SAFE has been warning of deficits & debt since 1996, so far without avail. This week we sent individualized pitches to the president, six members of Congress, and the budget director.
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Let's make the budget process work

In the wake of the budget deal and subsequent delivery of a "dead on arrival" budget, prospects for solving the fiscal problem seem remote - but SAFE isn't about to give up. Read More...

More shutdown drama, mediocre results

The more one examines last week's bipartisan, bicameral budget deal, which raised government spending levels across the board, the uglier it looks. Read More...

Assessing the SOTU address

The State of the Union address was effective political theater, which received a favorable response from the American public. But when and how is the GOP going to tackle the fiscal problem? Read More...

GOP won shutdown skirmish, but budget battle is far from over

To avoid being blamed for the next government shutdown, which is set for February 8, Republicans should consider taking a harder line. Read More...

Another spending deadline, but that's not the real problem

The current minority party is fixated on delegitimizing the president; Republicans must put their foot down in spending level negotiations or they will be rolled over. Read More...

Year-end frenzy in DC

No one wants to be blamed for a government shutdown, but there are deep divisions on several issues and neither side will give up easily. Don’t count on anything until the dust settles. Read More...

A different kind of president

Don’t stop at political style in assessing the president’s performance; also consider his policies. Read More...

How things work in DC

Gridlock in fixing the fiscal problem is unfortunate, but in other cases it's not necessarily a bad thing. Read More...

The meandering path of healthcare legislation

Graham-Cassidy bill would lower federal profile in healthcare and give more authority to the states. Read More...

Oops, that's not what was supposed to happen

Two deadlines were extended by bipartisan agreement, but don’t expect a new spirit of cooperation in DC. Read More...

Republican pivot to tax reform

Republicans haven’t yet revealed their tax plan, but Democrats have already rejected it. SAFE has questions for both sides. Read More...

GOP irresolution could lead to a government shutdown

There is no bipartisan consensus to solve the fiscal problem so the majority party should lead the way. Read More...

Dwindling options for real change in DC

The president was elected with a change agenda, but the establishment isn’t cooperating. Time for a COS? Read More...

Republican healthcare resolve falters

Senate healthcare bill has some good points, and a “bipartisan” approach wouldn’t yield better results.
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Fixing the fiscal problem: work on what matters

Conversations about raising the debt limit are a waste of time; the money is already spent or committed. Read More...

House healthcare bill draws heavy flak

The American Health Care Act is being attacked as extreme, but the case against it seems underwhelming. Read More...

The insitutional decline of Congress

What’s the problem in DC; some say partisanship but a better answer might be too much wishful thinking. Read More...

A barrage of presidential actions

Changing the way government has been working will take some epic battles, and they may not all be won. Read More...
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