Federal deficit (page 6)

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    Trump’s potential role in reining in spending

    Adam Andrzejewski and Tom Coburn argue in a Washington Examiner column that President Trump might be the right person to take real action to rein in federal government spending. While the nation was distracted by the political theater around immigration before the July 4 recess, the Senate…
    Mitch Kokai, July 10, 2018
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    Federal debt concerns

    Joseph Lawler argues in a Washington Examiner column that the federal government is “going backwards” in managing its budget. Sometime in the early 2030s, or sooner if the country falls into a recession or fights a big war, the federal debt will hit a new record, eclipsing the…
    Mitch Kokai, June 28, 2018
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    An entitlement crisis

    Michael Tanner uses a National Review Online column to emphasize the long-term negative outlook for American entitlement programs. If you blinked last week, you may have missed the latest report from the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare systems. But for the sake of our children and…
    Mitch Kokai, June 14, 2018
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    Your tax dollars at work: Booze-tracking jewelry edition

    Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon documents a novel way to spend taxpayers’ hard-earned money. The National Institutes of Health is preparing to spend millions on research studies to develop jewelry and clothes that can monitor the alcohol intake of Americans. The agency recently submitted two grant…
    Mitch Kokai, May 25, 2018
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    Government Spending and Racial Resentment

    A few months ago, Harvard Business Review ran a commentary by Katherine Krimmel of Barnard College, Columbia University, and Kelly Rader of Yale University claiming that they had found, according to the article’s title, Opposition to Federal Spending Is Driven by Racial Resentment, based on their paper for…
    Joseph Coletti, May 3, 2018
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    Attention Baby Boomers: Millennials Don’t Like You

    Whenever I fret over the $20 trillion-plus federal debt and what it means for future generations, I have to remind myself that, like many of today’s Millennials, I wasn’t tuned into heavy policy issues at that age either. Then comes this poll, as reported by Axios, and I wonder…
    Donna Martinez, April 26, 2018
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    Podcasts worth listening to this week

    Some great conversations made my time in the car much better this week Steven Teles is one of the most insightful people writing about conservatism and government, from the Federalist Society to the kludgy way government has evolved. He’s a liberal working with libertarians at the Niskanen…
    Joseph Coletti, April 19, 2018
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    Presidents’ responsibility for federal debt

    David Harsanyi of the Federalist challenges a popular misconception about American presidents and federal debt. New York Times columnist David Leonhardt recently wrote a widely shared article arguing that Democrats were the party of fiscal responsibility while Republicans were nothing more than profligate spenders and reckless tax cutters.
    Mitch Kokai, April 19, 2018