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  • Retirement: Delaying It Brings Many Benefits

    Too many healthy seniors retire early at a loss to their wealth and to society. Meanwhile, Social Security is in dire need of reform. Delaying the age of retirement for those able to continue working means a big income boost for seniors, less strain on Social Security, and more economic … More

    House vs. Senate Budget: What a Balanced Budget Looks Like (CHART)

    This week, the budget committees of both chambers of Congress released their budgets ahead of President Obama’s budget—marking the first time in 92 years that Congress kicked off the budget process instead of the President. The House budget, under the helm of Chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI), delivers a balanced budget … More

    Sequestration: Much Larger Spending Cuts Needed to Balance the Budget

    Sequestration, the set of automatic spending reductions set to hit on March 1, barely makes a dent in federal spending over the next decade. Much larger spending cuts are needed to rein in growing spending and debt and avoid a debt crisis. Federal spending is projected to grow from $3.6 … More

    CHART: Obama 2013 Tax Increase Twice as Large as Looming Sequestration

    While President Obama is traveling across the nation campaigning against sequestration at the very last minute, the economy is working through a tax increase nearly twice the size of the sequestration cuts for fiscal year (FY) 2013. The President knew for more than a year that sequestration was looming and … More

    Simpson–Bowles Redux: Another $600 Billion Tax Increase

    Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, former co-chairs of the 2010 White House deficit-reduction panel whose plan failed, released an outline for a new proposal on their own today. A Bipartisan Path Forward to Securing America’s Future lacks any significant details but does include a $600 billion tax increase in addition … More

    On Fox News: Government Waste Is Just the Tip of a Massive Federal Spending Iceberg

    Senator Mary Landrieu (D–LA) recently stated, “I am not going to keep cutting the discretionary budget, which by the way is not out of control, despite what you hear on Fox News.” I got to join Fox News’s Eric Bolling in a segment of “Your World with Neil Cavuto” to … More

    Morning Bell: How to Balance the Budget in 10 Years

    Both houses of Congress have now voted to suspend the debt ceiling until May 19, buying lawmakers more time to develop a budget. The Senate would put together a budget for the first time in three years—and the details of that budget are crucial. To prevent the federal debt from … More

    Smaller Paycheck? Welcome to Obama's Post-Fiscal-Cliff World

    Working Americans receiving their first full paycheck of the year may have had a rude awakening today. Despite all the President’s promises not to raise taxes on the middle class, he did exactly that. By allowing the payroll tax holiday to expire at the end of 2012, President Obama and … More

    Morning Bell: 10 Facts on the Fiscal Cliff, Debt, and Spending

    Budget policy in 2012 was characterized by deficit spending, major increases in the national debt, and a heated debate over the “fiscal cliff.” With just days left for President Obama and lawmakers in Congress to avert a major tax hike, sequestration, and other major policy changes, today we bring you … More

    Chart of the Year: Entitlements and Interest Drive the Fiscal Crisis

    The end of 2012 was marked by lawmakers engaging in a distracting fiscal cliff debate over tax rates when the solution to the real fiscal crisis lies in an entirely different area of the budget. Federal spending on entitlements and interest on the debt drives the federal budget crisis. Together … More