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  • Quiet Before the Storm: CBO Reports $642 Billion Deficit in 2013

    At $642 billion, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports, the 2013 deficit will be lower by $200 billion than previously forecast. In February, the CBO projected a deficit of spending over revenue of $845 billion, but a large and temporary boost in revenues is pushing that figure down. Like the … More

    Temporary Debt Paydown Just a Drop in the Bucket

    Reports that the federal government will put a little bit of money toward the massive federal debt for the first time in six years make for an interesting tidbit, but Washington’s spending and debt problem is only getting bigger. The Wall Street Journal reports, “The Treasury Department said that it … More

    Reid Suggests Exploiting Budget Gimmicks for Sequestration

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) is proposing not one but two old budget gimmicks to spend $85 billion more in 2013 than allowed under sequestration. Contrary to Senator Reid’s claim that “it wouldn’t add a penny to the deficit,” this spending would in fact add every single penny in … More

    Immigration Bill Is a Trojan Horse for Spending

    The contentious immigration bill (S. 744) put together by the Senate Gang of Eight is a spending Trojan Horse with several provisions that simply declare open season on spending, allowing agencies to spend “as necessary.” The bill exploits a loophole in the Budget Control Act (BCA) that allows Congress to … More

    Morning Bell: Where Did Your Tax Dollar Go?

    Americans are waking up today to the worst “case of the Mondays” they’ll have all year: It’s Tax Day. Most Americans dread Tax Day, and for good reasons. Beyond the huge tab Americans pay to the government, the tax code is so complex that it’s difficult to figure out what … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Fake Budget Marketing Exposed

    President Obama is marketing his new budget by saying it has “more than $2 in spending cuts for every $1 of new revenue.” Is this true? In a word, no. In fact, his spending increases and advertised spending cuts cancel each other out—leaving only a massive tax increase. The President … More

    Budgets in Comparison: Will President Obama’s Budget Save the American Dream?

    When the President’s budget comes out Wednesday, it will complete the last piece of the budget puzzle, as the House and Senate have each duly passed a budget according to law. Never mind that the President’s budget is supposed to lead Washington budget discussions, rather than follow. The key question … More

    National Financial Capability Month: Is President Obama Setting a Good Example?

    Last week, the President declared April 2013 National Financial Capability Month in an effort to encourage Americans to budget responsibly. This is a commendable goal. However, with the President’s budget more than two months late, it’s worth considering how the President is managing the nation’s finances: He grew the national … More

    Obama Tax Hikes Will Balance the Budget (April Fool's)

    In the ongoing debate over deficit reduction, President Obama and his colleagues in the House and Senate incessantly call for tax increases as if our budget problems persisted because of taxes being too low. If only the federal government could usurp more of taxpayers’ hard earned money, the line of … More

    Three Reasons for Social Security to Use Chained CPI

    During last week’s vote-a-rama in the Senate, Senator Bernie Sanders (I–VT) intended to put Senators from both parties on the record for opposing the adoption of a more accurate and less inflationary measure of calculating cost of living adjustments (COLA) in Social Security: the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI). Chained … More