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David Williams
David Williams
President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
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      David Williams

      David Williams is the President of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to educating the public through the research, analysis and dissemination of information on the government’s effects on the economy. In his 18 years in Washington, D.C., David has become an expert in finding and exposing government waste and has helped fine tune criteria in identifying and ultimately eliminating earmarks.

SURVEY SAYS: Voters Support Repeal Of Obamacare ‘Death Panel’ And Other Provisions

2:03 AM 01/17/2018

With tax reform in the rearview mirror, policymakers and voters are sizing up the next big policy battles. Chief among voter concerns is the unraveling healthcare system, which regularly sees double-digit premium increases and questionable results for taxpayer funding. Americans understand that failing to reform the health-care system via the rollback of Obamacare will continue to strain the system and result in lower-quality care at a high cost.

Trump’s Puerto Rico Czar Is Smart Policy

9:12 PM 12/13/2017

To many observers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland, a string of calamitous events has exposed failed leadership. In particular, Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and the Fiscal Oversight Board have proven themselves to be ineffective and inept in spearheading Puerto Rico’s recovery post Hurricanes Maria and Irma. After the exposure of a crony contract that failed to bring the lights back on, President Trump and his team seem to agree that more oversight is sorely needed.

The Senate Passed Its Budget — Now It Must Press On To Tax Reform

1:56 PM 10/25/2017

Last week, the Senate voted to pass a budget (the U.S. House of Representatives passed its own budget earlier in October). Kudos are in order for both chambers and their leadership—these are major accomplishments. But, there is more work to be done. Now, the two chambers must reconcile the two budgets and pass a final draft.  Doing so—and doing it quickly—is critical to the eventual passage of the kind of comprehensive tax reform legislation small businesses need to drive meaningful, long-term growth, job creation, and wage increases.

We Need Financial Oversight For Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Recovery

1:38 PM 10/17/2017

Hurricanes Irma and Maria’s twin paths of destruction have knocked the wind out of Puerto Rico, sending the American territory into a tailspin. In the wake of the cataclysmic one-two punch, islanders are pressing Washington to ramp up recovery efforts and restore basic services. And, with billions of dollars in damages, Puerto Rico will undoubtedly be the beneficiary of a hefty federal aid package.

A Whirlpool Bailout Hurts Consumers And Taxpayers

10:45 AM 09/29/2017

Appliance kingpin Whirlpool wants the federal government to step in and give it a competitive advantage over rival washing machine manufacturers. If the Trump administration is serious about ending taxpayer-funded corporate bailouts and draining the swamp, telling Whirlpool to fight its own marketplace battles, as other companies have to do, would be a great place to start.

Rep. Dent’s Ill-Advised Power Grab

12:10 AM 08/11/2017

One of the things Republican-leaning voters have clearly rejected in the last several election cycles is back room dealing that benefits privileged industries. Unfortunately, many in Congress have yet to grasp this simple directive.

How Hospitals Turn Community Care And Taxpayer Subsidies Into Capital

2:49 PM 07/26/2017

The future of healthcare has taken center stage in Congress and across the country.  Hospitals play a pivotal role in healthcare and our communities. In addition to caring for patients in a diverse array of services, they are often massive employers, providing good jobs and high-paying wages for trained staff. However, many hospitals enjoy a full exemption from federal income tax, obtaining the same status as 501(c)3 nonprofits. It’s hard to explain why; “nonprofit” hospitals are making vast amounts of money. In fact, of the 10 most profitable hospitals in America, seven are technically nonprofit.

Time To Lift The Cuba Embargo

3:06 PM 07/13/2017

Cuba is 90 miles from the United States, yet to most Americans, the Cuban people and culture have remained shrouded in a veil of mystery since 1960.  But, once there is an opportunity to travel to Cuba and see how the country is changing, it is clear that current U.S. policy is outdated and counterproductive for the United States and Cuba.

States Should Take The Lead In Regulating Drone Deliveries

4:00 PM 06/21/2017

The federal government provides much of the guidance and regulation of airports, but states and localities have a say too -- and rightly so. Airports that are too close to urban centers can be forced by those cities to undertake noise abatement measures. And, for instance, these airports can only fly at certain hours or have to offer free installation of more heavy-duty sound-reducing windows and other materials to all of the houses in their planes’ flight paths.

Pai Is Right: Private Sector Must Lead Broadband Investment

6:22 PM 02/13/2017

President Donald Trump recently designated Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner Ajit Pai to be chairman of the FCC. This choice is an excellent one since Pai was a strong opponent of former Chairman Tom Wheeler’s policy to expand taxpayer-funded municipal broadband networks.