Category Archives: Federal deficit

Too many federal government programs to list

Kathryn Watson of the Daily Caller reports skeptical reactions among congressional Republicans, including North Carolina’s Mark Meadows, to reports that the federal government needs years to compile a list of all of its programs. It will take the government two years just to list all federal programs and that’s “not a way to run aContinue Reading

NC transportation bonds as reaction to Feds inability to pay promised Transportation $

McCrory was a quoted governor on the transportation funding problem in Washington D.C. and how it will effect the states. “Once you start reacting to growth as opposed to preparing for growth, you’ve waited too long,” said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, a Republican who is proposing a $2.8 billion bond package for the NovemberContinue Reading

Federal Debt….they still want more

It seems like the issue of federal debt and the amount they want to issue will never go away.  Treasurey Secretary Jack Lew told Congress yesterday that the nation has a new deadline, October 30th.  After that date, lawmakers need to extend the debt limit, according to Lew, to keep the government in operation.  BelowContinue Reading

The search for small-government Republicans

Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute hasn’t heard as much as he would like from Republican presidential candidates about shrinking the size of the federal government. He shares his concerns with National Review Online readers. For anyone hoping that the next president will get serious about reducing the size and cost of government, the earlyContinue Reading

A six-figure study of ‘beer goggles’

Elizabeth Harrington‘s latest Washington Free Beacon report highlights another questionable case of federal government spending. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending over $200,000 to study how men drinking alcohol look at women. In an effort to limit “male-initiated sexual aggression toward female acquaintances,” researchers at the University of Iowa will analyze the actualContinue Reading

Government wants to know: How do parents talk to their kids about food?

Elizabeth Harrington‘s latest discovery of questionable federal government spending involves parents, children, and food. She shares details with Washington Free Beacon readers. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending nearly $80,000 to study how parents talk to their kids about food. The grant, which was awarded to the University of Michigan earlier this year,Continue Reading

Feds hit banks to pay for Highways

Another great idea has come out of Congress – reduce the dividends the Federal Reserve banks pay on stocks that private-sector banks hold.  This idea would lower the dividend from 6% for banks with more than $1 billion in assets to 1.5%.  Why would they want to reduce these dividends?  To pay for a HighwayContinue Reading

Shakespeare without words … Another great government idea

Elizabeth Harrington documents for Washington Free Beacon readers a government effort to dis the Bard. The federal government has invested nearly $100,000 to bring Shakespeare to the stage—only without the legendary playwright’s words. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and its state agency the Virginia Commission for the Arts has funded numerous shows fromContinue Reading