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    Members of Congress Won't Read This Bill

    Passing bills to find out what’s in them… that was so 2010, right? Sadly, no. Any day now, Congress is likely to release the trillion-dollar Trojan horse that is the spending bill for 2014. It’s going to be big, and it’s going to be rushed. And few members of Congress … More

    The Problem With Obama's Promise Zones

    President Obama’s “promise zones” are unlikely to be a promised land for local residents. Obama formally announced the first five promise zones today, saying, “A child’s destiny should be determined not by her ZIP code but by the strength of her work ethic and the scope of her dreams.”  The … More

    Lee Introduces Plan to Help Lower College Costs, Increase Innovation

    Senator Mike Lee wants to boost educational opportunities for low-income and middle-class Americans by allowing colleges to be accredited at the state level. Today, the Utah Republican introduced a bill that would permit colleges to get accreditation at the state, rather than regional or federal, level and still be eligible … More

    Sorry, Janet Yellen, We Can’t Spend Our Way to Prosperity

    In spite of aggressive expansionary Federal Reserve policies and several rounds of fiscal stimulus since 2007, the U.S. economy has yet to take off. Nonetheless, some officials are refusing to give up and even explaining to the public exactly how these Keynesian stimulus policies will (eventually) work. In a Time … More

    The Benefits of Marriage to Low-Income Americans Aren’t Just About the Combined Paycheck

    Is splitting costs such as housing in half the only advantage marriage brings to helping eradicate poverty? Slate’s Matt Yglesias suggested that yesterday, writing, “Marriage ‘lifts’ families out of poverty not by increasing their incomes but by reducing what the federal government assumes their expenses to be. Single people often … More

    Congress Spent Your Money on Some Crazy Things Last Year. Will 2014 Be Any Different?

    Can you guess which project was funded with your tax dollars? A) $98,000 outhouse on an Alaskan trail B) $1 million bus stop with heated pavement C) Caribbean vacation for bureaucrats staying at a swanky resort D) All of the above If you answered “all of the above,” you’ve either … More