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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 6:01pm
Wall Street Journal

The IRS is spinning a tale of bureaucratic incompetence to explain the vanishing emails from former Tax Exempt Organizations doyenne Lois Lerner and six other IRS employees. We have less faith by the minute that there is an innocent explanation for this failure to cooperate with Congress, but even if true it doesn't matter. The IRS was under a legal obligation to retain the information because of a litigation hold. In 2009 a pro-Israel group called Z Street applied to the IRS for tax-exempt status. When the process was delayed, an IRS agent told the group that its application was...

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 5:42pm
Wall Street Journal

It must feel like Groundhog Day at the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General. On Wednesday it issued an interim report—its 19th since 2005—documenting excessive wait times at VA hospitals. Cue the choir in Congress demanding the heave-ho for Secretary Eric Shinseki. Yet primarily responsible for the VA scandal are politicians who continue to prop up this failing government health system. Perhaps the report's preface should have been the admonition from Ecclesiastes that what has been will be again. According to the IG, primary-care waiting times at the Phoenix VA averaged 115 days,...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 4:19pm
Wall Street Journal
Daniel Henninger

In the U.S., the politics of the left versus the right rolls on with the predictability of traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge. It's a lot of honking. Until now. All of a sudden, the left has hit ramming speed across a broad swath of American life—in the universities, in politics and in government. People fingered as out of line with the far left's increasingly bizarre claims are being hit and hit hard. Commencement-speaker bans are obligatory. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice withdrew as Rutgers's speaker after two months of protests over Iraq, the left's long-sought...

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 4:00pm
Breitbart
Susan Combs

The State of Texas has been remarkably successful in attracting businesses, persuading folks all across the country to vote with their feet, and retaining a vibrant young population. As the chief financial officer of this great state, I look around and marvel at what smart and thoughtful policies by real conservatives have achieved. How and why has it happened? It was not by accident. About twenty five years ago in the late eighties, we suffered through a very difficult recession, and faced up to some lessons painfully learned.

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 8:21pm
Mark Davis Show

Why are the bond elections so important? Listen to Susan's interview with Mark Davis on the May 10 bond elections.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 1:52pm
Houston Chronicle

Susan Combs, the happy anti-public debt warrior who serves as the current state comptroller, stopped by the Chronicle editorial board's offices the other day to ask if we had noticed that voters in our region are being asked to add about $1.7 billion to their public debt in the bond elections to be held on May 10th. In fact, we had not, and suspect that you may not have, either. Even more startling, the statewide total for local bond referendums to be decided next month is nearly $5 billion. Just to put that number into perspective, that would be enough to build about 15 Reliant Stadiums...

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 6:23pm
Midland Reporter-Telegram

When it comes to bond debt, we believe that most people are appalled by other communities’ indebtedness but don’t seem to care about how much their own community has to pay.

It is the same with how we view lawmakers in Washington. Americans dislike Congress as a whole, but in many cases, they don’t have a problem with their own representative or senator.

The bond debt issue is one we have put out there for our readers, usually to the sound of crickets. In February, we reported the total debt payments (principal and interest) of Midland’s five taxing entities (the city, county...

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 5:09pm
Wall Street Journal
Peggy Noonan

The constant mischief of the progressive left is hurting the nation's morale. There are few areas of national life left in which they are not busy, and few in which they're not making it worse. There are always more regulations, fees and fiats, always more cultural pressure and insistence. The president brags he has a pen and a phone. He uses the former to sign executive orders. It is not clear why he mentioned the latter since he rarely attempts to bring legislators over to his side. Who exactly is he calling? The most hopeful thing he's done is signal this week what he'll be up to after...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 7:28pm
Austin American-Statesman
Brian Garr

Surpassing California for the first time, Texas is leading the nation in technology-related exports, according to a new report. State companies that make computers, semiconductors and communications equipment, among other products, exported more than $45 billion in products in 2012, according to the TechAmerica Foundation, a tech industry lobbying firm.That was driven by Texas’ 7 percent growth — about $3 billion — in tech exports from 2011. Tech exports supported nearly 1.5 million jobs nationwide and about 331,000 jobs in Texas, according to the report. California, meanwhile, declined 2....

Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 1:00pm
USA Today
Michelle Rhee and Susan Combs

We're professionals from different backgrounds: one a Democrat and education reformer, the other a Republican comptroller of public accounts for Texas. We may not agree on everything, but we are coming together around two common beliefs.We both believe that nothing is more important to America's economic future than a world-class public education system. We also believe that limited education dollars should be invested in proven programs that benefit kids, not in unnecessary administration, overhead or red tape.

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