Federal deficit

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    New national commission would focus on balancing federal budget

    Nihal Krishan of the Washington Examiner highlights a new proposal from Republicans on Capitol Hill. Senate Republicans will introduce legislation … to create a new bipartisan national commission to reduce the deficit and balance the federal budget within 10 years. Republicans are concerned about runaway government spending and…
    Mitch Kokai, April 16, 2021
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    Biden’s two-headed infrastructure package could be doomed

    Naomi Lim of the Washington Examiner explains why President Biden’s approach to large-scale infrastructure packages could fail. The White House’s decision to push twin sprawling infrastructure packages is complicating its pathway to passage and the Biden administration’s messaging strategy. President Joe Biden unveiled his monster $2.25 trillion “American…
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2021
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    Biden’s infrastructure ‘binge’ not necessary

    Editors at National Review Online take aim at the president’s infrastructure plan. Joe Biden announced his plan for more than $2 trillion in spending on infrastructure and an oversized grab bag of other priorities, including housing, manufacturing, elder care, and even the PRO Act, which would make it…
    Mitch Kokai, April 2, 2021
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    COVID-19 stimulus bill includes many questionable items

    Mairead McArdle details for the Daily Wire some of the least-defensible elements of the latest federal COVID-19 stimulus package. Some of the items are only loosely related to relieving pandemic woes, and in some cases, Democrats appear to have given up attempting to connect the funding to the…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2021
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    Your price tag for COVID-19 stimulus

    You thought that $1,400 stimulus check was free money? Kevin Hassett and Matthew Jensen set the record straight at National Review Online. With all the trillion-dollar numbers spinning about government policy these days, it’s easy to lose perspective on the scale of recent federal spending. We decided to…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2021
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    Using stimulus checks for ‘anti-fragility’

    Joy Pullmann of the Federalist offers readers ideas for using the federal government’s latest stimulus checks. Democrats’ fifth round of “coronavirus” “stimulus” will soon hand another $1,400 in government debt, plus interest, to every American man, woman, and child in 90 percent of U.S. households. It’s clear this…
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2021
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    Infrastructure plan would ratchet up federal spending again

    Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner highlights congressional Democrats’ latest idea for spending money the federal government doesn’t have. Now that President Biden has signed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 spending package into law, House and Senate Democrats are gearing up for a sweeping infrastructure package likely to come…
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    John Trump reports for Carolina Journal Online on state alcohol regulators renewing a contract with a vendor tied to a controversial 2018 audit. John Hood’s CJ Opinion labels the latest federal COVID-19 package reckless.
    Mitch Kokai, March 15, 2021