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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.

States Should Take The Lead In Regulating Drone Deliveries

An Airspace Systems Interceptor autonomous aerial drone flies during a product demonstration in Castro Valley, California March 6, 2017.    REUTERS/Stephen Lam

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.

To Protect Taxpayers, Block Unnecessary Rail Regulation

1:22 AM 01/11/2017

Taxpayers are accustomed to paying for the country’s critical transportation infrastructure.  What many taxpayers may not know is that the commercial rail infrastructure is privately funded and it is working quite well.  In fact, the U.S. freight rail industry serves a critical role in the U.S. economy and benefits all American taxpayers and consumers. Yet a proposed rule by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) that would mark a significant change in direction from the industry-saving partial deregulation in 1980 could threaten this success by driving cargo from private railroads to taxpayer-funded roads.

Suspending Sovereign Immunity Could Lead To A Global Economic Crisis

1:52 PM 10/06/2016

The emotions surrounding the passage, veto, and subsequent veto override of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) are real and undeniable.  However, after getting past the visceral reaction to the passage of the legislation, there are also fiscal policy issues that need to be considered. One potential unintended consequence that has received insufficient attention is the role JASTA might play in freezing the global flow of capital.

EPA’s Costly Legacy Of Neglect And Scandal Spills Into Puerto Rico

11:10 AM 06/08/2016

As the Obama administration winds down, the tenure of Gina McCarthy as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency will go down in history as a bewildering and frustrating abuse of taxpayer money. For eight years, the White House has put all its efforts into headline-grabbing climate change proposals, but its environmental legacy here at home has been marked with scandal and neglect. McCarthy’s EPA has waged war on good faith players in the private sector, while turning a blind eye to appalling public sector scandals where state and local government entities poisoned entire communities.

The Latest DISH On Washington Front Groups

3:57 PM 01/27/2016

The growth of new technologies in cable broadband in recent years has greatly expanded the reach and value of its services. Whereas cable itself was once king, broadband now thrives with the emergence of streaming platforms and new social networking tools, all of which we can access on multiple mobile devices. As a result, spectrum demand nearly outpaces supply, and industry stakeholders and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulators are scrambling to ensure there is enough spectrum to support the growth of wireless innovation.

Washington’s Anti-Merger Agenda Threatens Pro-Consumer Deals

1:23 PM 12/16/2015

More than 112 mergers and acquisitions have been announced in 2015, totaling more than $4.6 trillion in value. That makes this year the most active in history. But regulators in Washington have a dysfunctional disposition when it comes to mergers and acquisitions these days – the combination of anti-merger attitude and corporate cronyism.

Republicans And Democrats Prepare To Revive Bank Of Corporate Welfare

3:18 PM 12/03/2015

On Tuesday, bipartisan members of Congress struck a deal that included renewal of the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank into the five-year, $305 billion highway funding bill. What export financing and transportation highway funding have in common is anyone’s guess, but this is exactly why Americans distrust Washington. These political games revived government-sponsored crony capitalism that no one needs and many agree is a waste of taxpayer resources. In today’s hyper-partisan Congress, it seems the only thing our elected officials seem to agree on is more corporate welfare for Fortune 500 companies at the taxpayer’s expense.

Bipartisanship Lives! Elites United To Save Ex-Im Bank

11:32 AM 11/16/2015

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives attached reauthorization of the corrupt, free market-distorting U.S. Export Import (Ex-Im) Bank to “must pass” highway legislation – likely resurrecting the crony capitalist institution from the dead. Fiscally conservative members of Congress unsuccessfully offered amendments to bring a small amount of accountability to the Bank. They all failed, even an amendment by Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) that would have prohibited the Export-Import Bank from providing assistance to state-sponsors of terrorism.

GOP Candidates Noticeably Silent On Pentagon Spending Reform

6:37 PM 08/12/2015

The future of the Republican approach to foreign policy and national security was on full display during the first presidential debates. The candidates made pledges to take on the Islamic State and to rip up the Iran nuclear deal, but unfortunately, they failed to offer a grand vision or strategy on how to deal with the security challenges of today and the years to come. They also failed to address Pentagon spending and how to reform the Pentagon to be more equipped fiscally and physically to fight the next war.

On Crony Capitalism, Graham Breaks From GOP White House Rivals By Supporting It

5:32 PM 06/15/2015

The vast majority of fiscal conservatives, including nearly every declared and potential GOP presidential candidate, oppose reauthorizing the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the United States. So it is extremely disappointing for South Carolinians (and fiscal conservatives everywhere else) to see Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) cave to corporate welfare and support big government cronyism by strongly backing this misguided government agency.