Federal deficit

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    Baby Boomers Indicted

    In a previous blogpost, I cited Economist Lyman Stone’s American Enterprise Institute paper, Red, White, and Gray. In a summary published today at the Atlantic, Stone draws some harsh conclusions about my generation: The political ascendancy of the Boomers brought with it tightening control and…
    Jon Guze, June 24, 2019
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    Hamilton and today’s debt

    Jim Grant argues in the latest Barron’s that the nation’s first Treasury secretary would object to the current state of federal government debt. Nobody cares about the deteriorating federal finances, but who doesn’t adore Hamilton? Logically, you can hardly ignore the deficit, while paying as much as $1,691…
    Mitch Kokai, June 24, 2019
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    Medicare and Medicaid: rewarding failure

    David Balat and Dr. Deane Waldman of the Texas Public Policy Foundation wrote an interesting op-ed which discusses some of the problems with government-run health care. In particular, why it’s crazy for Americans to think growing these programs is a good idea. The piece starts off by…
    Jordan Roberts, June 20, 2019
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    “Red, white, and gray”

    That’s the title of a new report written by Lyman Stone and published by the American Enterprise Institute. In it, Stone discusses something most of us know but don’t like to think about: “Americans are getting older.” Here are some excerpts from the executive summary: While we…
    Jon Guze, June 14, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    John Trump reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. Senate consideration of a bill to relax restrictions on craft distilleries. The Daily Journal highlights a new report urging a cutback of federal aid to state and local governments.
    Mitch Kokai, June 11, 2019
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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