Federal deficit

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    Cutting federal aid to the states

    Chris Edwards explains why the Cato Institute’s latest report links a cut in federal aid to restoration of responsible state government. The federal government spends $750 billion a year on 1,386 different subsidy programs for state and local governments. The study describes 18 reasons why these programs should…
    Mitch Kokai, May 20, 2019
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    Sanders’ rhetoric versus Medicare’s reality

    Christopher Jacobs of the Federalist says facts tell a different story about Medicare than those included in U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “socialist delusions.” Many of the left’s policy proposals come with the same design flaw: While sounding great on paper, they have little chance of working in practice.
    Mitch Kokai, April 24, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a new proposal for certificate-of-need reform in North Carolina. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights new research that shows the negative impact of excessive federal debt.
    Mitch Kokai, April 22, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on the controversy surrounding anti-Semitic comments at a recent UNC-Chapel Hill conference. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal laments the apparent lack of concern about the federal government’s $22 trillion debt.
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2019
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    Just in Time for Tax Day

    Justin Bogie has posted a chart at the Daily Signal that shows where your tax money goes: Pretty scary!…
    Jon Guze, April 15, 2019
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    Barron’s notes growing indifference to growing deficits

    Randall Forsyth of Barron’s documents a disturbing trend for deficit hawks. [T]he administration of President Donald Trump, the self-described “king of debt,” is running a budget deficit at an annual rate of $1 trillion, or nearly 5% of gross domestic product, in part because of a huge tax…
    Mitch Kokai, March 4, 2019
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    Trump to force Democrats’ hand on spending cuts

    Amber Athey and Saagar Enjeti of the Daily Caller report on the Trump administration’s budget strategy. The White House will submit a fiscal year 2020 budget to Congress in coming weeks which seeks to force the Democratic party’s hand on accepting spending cuts. Acting Office and Management…
    Mitch Kokai, February 27, 2019
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    More tax-funded projects that sound stranger than fiction

    Noelle Callahan writes for TownHall.com about some of the most inexplicable research projects funded by American taxpayers. (They might remind you of Wake Forest’s “coked-up stimulus monkeys.”) And the winner of Senator Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) January 2019 Squeal Award is…the National Institutes of Health (NIH)! … … “The…
    Mitch Kokai, February 4, 2019