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    The President's Health Plan Won’t Cut the Budget Deficit

    One of the central arguments President Barack Obama has made on behalf of the health care plan he wants Congress to approve in coming weeks is that it would begin to address the problem of rising costs and thus also begin to bring down future federal budget deficits. But will … More

    Obama Misdiagnoses Source of Deficits

    President Obama says he wants to reduce America’s record trillion-dollar deficits. Too bad he hasn’t even correctly diagnosed their cause. During his State of the Union Address, the president asserted: “At the beginning of the last decade, America had a budget surplus of over $200 billion. By the time I … More

    Obama's Very Weak Hand: When All Else Fails, Try Bipartisanship

    Suddenly, bipartisanship is all the rage at the Obama White House. The president has announced that he will hold a bipartisan gathering on February 25 at Blair House, across the street from the White House, in an effort to get the health-care legislative effort out of the political ditch it is … More

    Outside the Beltway: Luaus in Illinois? Sure, When Pork Is What's for Dinner!

    $1,100 for Hawaiian party props and luaus? $78,066 to promote quail? $6,500 for a 4,000-gallon live bass fish tank? $10,000 for a Batman party? $353,165 to fund car racing?

    Congratulations, Illinoisans, you’re funding all this and more with your hard-earned taxpayer dollars, courtesy of your state government in Springfield. More

    Could Trillion Dollar Debt Kill Obama Health Care Reform?

    It seems the President’s spending habits have finally caught up with him, threatening to kill a government overhaul of health care. Though President Obama and congressional Democrats continue to insist that health care reform is on the horizon, the increasing national concern over the rising public debt presents an undeniable … More

    Outside the Beltway: Americans Angry, But Also Engaged

    Yesterday’s Rasmussen poll reveals what anyone who has been watching the news for the past year already knows — Americans are angry. They are angry at their government and its failures to provide solutions to the current problems. According to today’s poll, 75% of likely voters are “at least somewhat … More

    Budget 2011: New Money, Old Ways in the State Department Budget

    Increasing spending on the State Department and international affairs while freezing discretionary domestic spending is probably not likely to endear President Obama further to constituencies on either side of the Congressional aisle. Yet, the State Department is one of the few winners in President Obama’s FY 2011 budget request, continuing … More

    Budget 2011: Education Spending Skyrockets

    The President’s FY2011 budget request calls for significant increases in education spending and, as promised, the Department of Education is exempt from Obama’s so-called spending freeze. At a briefing today at the Department of Education, words such as “historic” and “bold” were used to describe the President’s budget. Secretary Duncan … More

    Tweet of the Week: Daily Kos Founder Disses Spending Freeze

    Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas weighs in on President Obama’s proposed spending freeze. It goes without saying that when even the Daily Kos fails to find merit in the President’s proposals, the Administration needs to step back and reevaluate its policies. More

    Budget Wars: Fighting for Defense

    In his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama is expected to announce a freeze on federal spending with some notable exceptions including one for defense spending. Today, The Heritage Foundation releases a chart book examining the state of the U.S. military. Most Americans already know the U.S. military … More