Budgets (page 5)

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    Economic growth and…

    “Economic growth, while necessary, is insufficient to address many of the challenges of our 21st-century economy,” Abby McCloskey writes in National Affairs. She offers some policy suggestions to improve connections in community, make work pay, and reform entitlements to improve government finances. I don’t endorse all of them, but…
    Joseph Coletti, January 29, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online that discussions about UNC-Chapel Hill’s next chancellor could complicate the debate about Silent Sam’s future. Kari Travis reports on the impact of N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin’s decision to resign his post and take up a law school dean’s…
    Mitch Kokai, January 28, 2019
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    Your tax dollars at work: Emotional eating edition

    Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon documents another dubious use of federal tax dollars. The National Institutes of Health is spending roughly $250,000 in an attempt to train kids to meditate so they do not engage in “emotional eating.” Kent State University received a grant for the…
    Mitch Kokai, January 23, 2019
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    A different spin on ‘we can’t afford it’

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online challenges a popular conservative response to liberal public policy proposals. When progressives such as Representative Ocasio-Cortez propose to create new benefits such as a single-payer health-care system or a universal college-tuition benefit, the most frequent conservative rejoinder is: “That’s a nice idea,…
    Mitch Kokai, January 22, 2019
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    A return of the era of big government

    Editors at Investor’s Business Daily argue that leading Democrats have repudiated one of Bill Clinton’s most famous pronouncements. Remember “the era of big government is over“? Leading Democrats are pushing an agenda that would more than double the size of the federal government. This comes as…
    Mitch Kokai, January 21, 2019
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    Gridlock is Good for the Economy

    Although legislative gridlock is a top concern of the American public, Investor’s Business Daily argues that gridlock saves the American tax payer a lot of money. Among other things, rates of spending are checked, and other potentially costly programs are held at bay by the lack of consensus. However,…
    Kory Swanson, January 15, 2019
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    So much for bipartisan cooperation

    Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs shares his concerns with Washington Examiner readers about proposed U.S. House rules under new Speaker Nancy Pelosi. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Democrats have proposed rules of the House of Representatives that will emasculate the Republican wins over the past two…
    Mitch Kokai, January 11, 2019
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    The border wall fight and the federal government’s bond rating

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online focuses on one potential long-term impact of the current fight over border wall funding. Physically securing the southern border was understood to be a valuable if not dispositive reform until it became the shiny prize in the mud-wrestling match currently underway in…
    Mitch Kokai, January 11, 2019