Category Archives: Federal deficit

Lessons Americans can learn from Europe

Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute admits in a National Review Online column that the United States can learn some valuable public policy lessons from Europe. For example, we could well benefit from adopting a Swiss-style “debt break.” By law, the Swiss government cannot run a budget deficit over an economic cycle. This is not,Continue Reading

Forbes columnist documents a GOP ‘fiscal divide’

Global economist David Malpass devotes his latest Forbes magazine column to a split he identifies among Republicans regarding fiscal policy. THE GOP presidential candidates are almost all fiscally conservative, but two different strands are evident. For some, fiscal conservatism emphasizes reducing the national debt and balancing the budget–reasonable goals in a world in which governmentsContinue Reading

Feds fund ‘mindfulness intervention’ for kindergartners

Elizabeth Harrington‘s latest exploration of federal budget bloat yields another interesting story for Washington Free Beacon readers. The Department of Education is spending upwards of $2.5 million to bring a mindfulness intervention to kindergarteners in Chicago, where kids can go to “calm spots” in the corner to watch nature videos. The National Institutes of HealthContinue Reading

Obama’s dubious record on debt

Pete Kasperowicz publicizes disturbing news about the national debt in a Washington Examiner article. President Obama reached a milestone last week: a doubling of the national debt held by the public in his nearly seven years in office. Obama made his first presidential impression on federal spending in mid-March, 2009, less than two months afterContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis’ discussion of Obamacare, energy policy, the federal budget, and more with Americans for Prosperity activists in Mooresville. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains one benefit of North Carolina’s relatively weak public-sector union presence.

Leef’s latest Forbes column focuses on the wasteful EPA

George Leef’s latest Forbes column draws attention to wasteful practices at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On top of all the evidence of incompetence and lawlessness comes a report by Open the Books finding enormous spending by the EPA on a wide array of goodies. Quoted here, Adam Andrzewski, the founder of Open the Books,Continue Reading

Spending fights on the way in Washington

Susan Ferrechio explains for Washington Examiner readers why taxpayers should expect no conclusion any time soon for spending fights on Capitol Hill. Spending legislation and a major transportation funding blueprint will soon test the relationship between new House Speaker Paul Ryan and his senate counterpart, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Ryan, R-Wis., who was elected speakerContinue Reading

A six-figure federal expenditure that might disgust you

Elizabeth Harrington uncovers another questionable federal spending item for Washington Free Beacon readers. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending over $100,000 studying disgust, hypothesizing that all bullying behavior begins with feelings of revulsion. Researchers at Columbia University want to see if they can “successfully regulate” disgust emotions in teens in order to stopContinue Reading