This week, the Senate will consider legislation to address the status of hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to this country as children of illegal immigrants -- the so-called “Dreamers.” It will be the first major immigration bill considered by the Senate since the “Gang of Eight” bill in 2013 which would have strengthened border security, modernized the legal immigration system, and created a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.
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Cesar Conda is a Founding Principal and Executive Committee Member of Navigators Global LLC, a bipartisan government relations and strategic communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C., New York, and London.
Mr. Conda has over two decades of legislative and policy experience working at the highest levels in the White House and Congress, for presidential campaigns, and for leading public policy research foundations. He was recently a senior economic policy adviser to the 2008 Mitt Romney for President campaign. From 2001 to 2003, he was Assistant to the Vice President for Domestic Policy. According to columnist Robert Novak, Mr. Conda “as Vice President Dick Cheney’s domestic policy chief was instrumental in devising the Bush tax cuts.”
Mr. Conda spent most of his career on Capitol Hill as a senior adviser to several U.S. Senators. He was also a staff director of a congressional committee. Roll Call, a leading Capitol Hill publication, included him in its “Fabulous Fifty” list of top congressional aides. In 1999, he received the “Congressional Staffer of the Year Award” from the Information Technology Council. Prior to starting his Capitol Hill career, Mr. Conda was an economic analyst and lobbyist for the United States Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Conda was a member of the Board of Directors of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Empower America. He is currently the co-chair of the Executive Committee of the Susan B. Anthony List, and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Fatherhood Initiative.
Mr. Conda, currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The International Economy Magazine, has written opinion-editorials published in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, The Weekly Standard, and The Financial Times.
Looking at some of the early Christmas gifts buried deep on the National Defense Authorization Act for both liberals like Elizabeth Warren and our enemies like North Korea and Iran, it’s almost hard believe Republicans won an election in November.
In a recent Washington Post column, Robert Samuelson wrote that President Trump has inherited a “low-growth trap” and that America has “entered a new era of low economic growth and high political disappointment.” Samuelson is right about low-growth: the Congressional Budget Office projects just 1.9% GDP growth over the next 10 years, much lower than the historic post-war average of 3% growth. We need aggressive, pro-growth tax policies to bring us back to the historic average, but Congress’s arcane budget rules and inaccurate scorekeeping threaten to stop tax reform dead in its tracks.
Recently, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and former Bush speechwriter David Frum exchanged blog posts over Governor Mitt Romney’s sincerity and commitment to the positions he takes on the issues (in full disclosure, I was a policy advisor to Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign). Specifically, Douthat writes:
Excerpts from Bob Woodward’s new book “Obama’s Wars” focusing on President Obama’s decision-making on the war in Afghanistan describe infighting and disagreements among the President’s advisors, all of which are standard fare for every White House.
By first endorsing the plan to build a mosque near ground zero in New York City--and then backtracking from it by saying he wasn't commenting on the "wisdom" of the project--President Obama managed to do the impossible: Divert attention from the 3.3 million jobs lost and the $2.5 trillion increase in the national debt since he and Congressional Democrats took control of Washington.
With over $13 trillion in national debt and the recent projection that it will top 100% of GDP in 2012, we are entering uncharted fiscal waters which threaten our economy. Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University has found that economic growth is 2.6 percentage points higher for countries with debt below 30 percent of GDP than for countries with debt above 90 percent of GDP. If Washington continues to do nothing, America is headed for a Greece-like debt catastrophe.
Allowing the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to expire will be the largest tax increase in American history, hitting the small business owners, middle-class families, investors, and retirees.
Millions of American consumers, from teenagers to senior citizens, have benefited greatly from the convenience, service, and affordability of prepaid wireless phones. However, new legislation being considered in Washington would not only make it more expensive and difficult for people to buy prepaid phones, but potentially compromise their private information.
Governor Mitt Romney did the right thing when he strongly rebuked “anonymous numbskulls” in his camp who disparaged Governor Sarah Palin. As to which of these two should the GOP pick for 2012, America cannot go wrong with either a President Romney or President Palin; both have had far more executive experience than the current occupant of the White House.
The bar’s “priesthood” has been offended—and now they are on the attack. A group of 19 lawyers, including conservatives like former Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and Bush administration lawyers Bradford Berenson and Larry Thompson, are denouncing Liz Cheney’s group “Keep America Safe” for asking questions about Department of Justice lawyers who once defended suspected terrorists. “We consider these attacks both unjust to the individuals in question and destructive of any attempt to build lasting mechanisms for counter-terrorism adjudications,” they wrote in a statement released earlier this week.
Congressional Democrats are facing major economic headwinds as they head into the mid-term elections. The economic recovery is, at best, anemic. The "misery index" combining unemployment and inflation has risen to double-digits. By the end of 2010, President Obama and Congressional Democrats will have controlled Washington for two years and it just won't be credible to blame President Bush for a weak economy under their watch.