Budgets (page 253)

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    Weekly Standard’s Cost dissects the economy’s role in Obama’s re-election effort

    As the Weekly Standard‘s Jay Cost notes in a column this week, some observers believe President Obama will be well-positioned for re-election if the national unemployment rate dips below 8 percent. Cost presents a more complicated picture for the president. When we abandon the quick-and-dirty methodology…
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2011
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    Barone discusses Ryan’s federal budget ideas

    Michael Barone‘s latest column focuses on the plans U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has put forward to put the federal budget back on the right track: “This is the most predictable crisis in the history of our country,” he went on. “We…
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2011
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    Perdue wrong on Medicaid

    Live Blog Gov. Bev Perdue opposed the Ryan budget even before it was released. One specific area mentioned in the News & Observer was the idea of a block grant for Medicaid. This is something we have recommended more than once. A block grant would give…
    Joseph Coletti, April 6, 2011
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    Happy N.C. Tax Freedom Day: Now you can work for yourself

    The Tax Foundation tells us that April 6 marks North Carolina’s Tax Freedom Day. That means that every day you’ve worked so far this year has been a day worked to pay off your tax bills. Now you can work the rest of the year to pay the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2011
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    Tackling growing income inequality

    It’s a shame that Fortune has not yet posted Geoff Colvin’s latest magazine column online; it offers an excellent answer to those who want to reduce income inequality in the United States by “soaking the rich.” Since I can’t provide you a link, here’s a summary: Yes, the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2011
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    Cato expert dissects the Ryan plan

    Cato’s Chris Edwards offers some analysis of the budget plan U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is pushing. The conclusion: Ryan’s budget plan would make crucial reforms to federal health care programs, and it would limit the size of the federal…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2011
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    Showdown in Wisconsin

    Voters in the Badger State are holding a referendum of a sort on Gov. Scott Walker’s courageous stand against the public employee unions. Conservative Supreme Court Justice David Prosser is being challenged by a left-wing activist who’s become the darling of the unions and progressives and everyone else in…
    Rick Henderson, April 5, 2011
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    Public-sector pension problems

    Regular Locker Room readers are familiar with the problems associated with governments’ neglect of their public-sector pension obligations. The latest Bloomberg Businessweek also shines a light on the problem: San Diego provides a revealing case study. It costs a sum…
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2011