Category Archives: Federal deficit

If you think Congress spends too much money …

Wait, there’s more! As Philip Klein reports for the Washington Examiner, the federal government is spending money associated with the Affordable Care Act that has no authorization from Congress. The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments thatContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in its second case targeting Obamacare. Katherine Restrepo analyzes the court case for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. You’ll hear from a chief sponsor of the N.C. House’s proposed constitutional amendment on eminent domain, Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, along with legal analysis of theContinue Reading

Another six-figure government study that might leave you asking, ‘Huh?’

Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon has uncovered another six-figure federal government study that seems far removed from the core functions of government spelled out in the U.S. Constitution. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending over $200,000 on a study involving “gender affirmation” and incarcerated transwomen in San Francisco. Claiming that incarcerationContinue Reading

The high cost of military strength

Thomas Donlan devotes his latest Barron’s editorial commentary to sobering news linked to federal defense spending. A poignant Washington joke has it that the federal government is really an insurance company that also operates the world’s strongest military, just in case anyone tries to mess with the benefits from Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and theContinue Reading

Barron’s D.C. man examines Obama’s war on … austerity

Jim McTague‘s latest “D.C. Current” column in Barron’s focuses on President Obama’s latest push for federal spending increases. McTague focuses on the 69th annual Economic Report of the President. Since Truman’s day, the report has evolved into a highly partisan document that is 50% political propaganda, 50% self-serving data, and zero percent honest introspection, althoughContinue Reading

The problem of open-ended congressional spending

Jim Harper highlights for the Cato Institute’s blog a little-known factor in federal government overspending. It’s a form of open-ended spending tied to Congress’ two-step process. First, there must be an authorization of appropriations. Then Congress appropriates funds, providing actual authority for executive branch agencies to spend. The committees in Congress are divided by typeContinue Reading

A 200-year-old lesson about federal debt

The latest editorial commentary in Barron’s features former Houston Mayor Bill White‘s analysis of the American government’s approach to debt after the War of 1812. Rather than shirking responsibility, the White House and Congress adopted policies to defuse the debt bomb and avert future debt crises. They set taxes at a level higher than beforeContinue Reading

How much does it cost to say to a kid: ‘Don’t tease that dog’?

Apparently a six-figure sum is required. That’s the word from Elizabeth Harrington, who reports for the Washington Free Beacon. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending nearly $400,000 to build a website for kids to learn how to be safe with their pet dogs. The government tasked the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) withContinue Reading