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    Obama’s “Lucy Move the Football” Fiscal Cliff Plan Still Not Balanced

    Volleys of negotiating counter-offers are coming in faster now that Christmas break and the looming fiscal cliff are just around the corner. While there is much unsatisfactory with Speaker of the House John Boehner’s (R–OH) Sunday night proposal, let us not forget that the reason we are watching this needless, … More

    QDR: An Opportunity for the Pentagon and Congress

    The Department of Defense is currently preparing to conduct a Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). The end goal of this process is the production of a document that will guide U.S. strategic planning and procurement for the next two decades. In past QDRs, the process regrettably amounted to the Pentagon’s way … More

    Chart of the Week: Obama’s Fiscal Cliff Plan Has $4 of Tax Hikes to $1 of Cuts

    In one of heaven’s sweeter ironies, President Obama today launched the defense of his fiscal cliff proposal at a factory that makes…tinker toys. The setting perfectly reflected the Administration’s level of seriousness about the budget. The “plan,” presented to Republican leaders yesterday, consists of $1.6 trillion in tax hikes over … More

    Morning Bell: The Fiscal Cliff and Beyond

    In Washington, there is one issue on everyone’s minds: the “fiscal cliff.” With time running out before a massive tax hike strikes on January 1, and wide-ranging budget cuts scheduled to hit at the same time, the economy is bracing for another storm. Today, five public policy organizations including The … More

    The Smiths Go to Washington - and Spend Too Much

    Meet the fictitious Smith family, whose budget woes bear a striking resemblance to those of the federal government. As this new video released by the Republican Study Committee describes, the Smith family’s problem is that they spend way beyond their means. As a result, they have racked up a hefty … More

    Why Medicare Must Be Reformed

    Medicare at Risk: Visualizing the Need for Reform from The Heritage Foundation Medicare is shaping up to be a deciding factor in the debate over our nation’s future. As Heritage’s Bob Moffit and Alyene Senger explain in a recent paper, “Why Traditional Medicare Must (and Will) Be Reformed,” the status … More

    Morning Bell: Welfare Spending Shattering All-Time Highs

    It’s been a pretty big year for welfare—and a new report shows welfare is bigger than ever. The Obama Administration turned a giant spotlight on the welfare system in July when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proclaimed it had the authority to gut the work requirements from … More

    INFOGRAPHICS: Federal Spending by the Numbers 2012

    Several key questions still remain to be asked of President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney during tonight’s debate. Among them: What would each of them do to reduce the growing burden of federal spending on American households? In 2012, the federal government spent $29,700 per American household. Of that amount, … More

    The $2 Trillion Question: How to Preserve National Security?

    In the first presidential debate, President Obama criticized Mitt Romney’s proposed defense budget plan as “$2 trillion in additional military spending that the military hasn’t asked for.” Two parts of this statement require clarification and context. First, the President failed to mention that this $2 trillion increase would take place … More

    Obama: Don’t Worry About $16 Trillion Debt

    Last night on the CBS Late Show with David Letterman, President Obama suggested that “we don’t have to worry about [the debt] short term.” Excuse me? On September 4, the U.S. national debt hit the $16 trillion mark. We now owe more on the national debt than the entire U.S. … More