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    Chinese Call for “De-Americanization” Is an Empty Suggestion

    A recent editorial in the Chinese newspaper Global Times called for “de-Americanization.” Concerned with the American government shutdown and the prospect of the debt ceiling not being raised, the editorial argued that the United States is too irresponsible to be allowed to remain the dominant power. “Such alarming days when … More

    $17,000,000,000,000

    President Obama boasted last week that he had signed legislation to lift “the twin threats” to our economy of government shutdown and default. But what was done to fix the problem of growing debt that leads Washington to repeatedly raise the debt ceiling? Nothing. In fact, by Friday, the U.S. … More

    Senate Debt Ceiling Bill Includes 10 Pages of Nonsense

    Last night Congress passed a bill (the Default Prevention Act of 2013) to suspend the debt limit until February 7, 2014. The bill was then signed into law by the President. There are a variety of policy reasons why suspending the debt limit is fiscally irresponsible. The Default Prevention Act … More

    Senate Deal Fixes Nothing

    The Senate announced a deal today to protect the status quo in Washington. As pundits debate the political winners or losers of this deal, one thing is awfully clear: The American people are once again on the losing end. The Wall Street Journal reports: Senate leaders on Wednesday struck an … More

    Two Things Washington Cannot Ignore

    Members of Congress are still at an impasse—they cannot agree on the debt limit, spending cuts, Obamacare, or funding the government. The House has passed a variety of bills that would have reopened portions of the federal government, but the Senate has rejected them all. As they volley proposals back … More

    What the Founders Thought about Debt

    “Neither a borrower nor a lender be,” wrote William Shakespeare in Hamlet. As the Founders were exceptionally well read men, they surely knew the reference. And it’s clear that, when it comes to governing a nation, the Founders were nervous about allowing it to run up too much debt. As … More

    Moody's on Debt Limit: Calling Obama's Bluff on Default

    A voice of reason emerged today among the doomsday predictions over a U.S. government default if the debt limit is not raised by mid-October. The Washington Post reports that Moody’s, a top credit rating service, suggested that hitting the debt limit does not mean the U.S. would default: “We believe … More

    Three Magic Tricks Washington May Try to “Solve” the Debt Crisis

    Yesterday in a press conference regarding the national debt, President Obama stated: “There is no magic wand that allows us to wish away the chaos.” This is true, especially when one considers America’s massive debt and its long-term consequences. However, as Congress and the President (finally) begin to grapple with … More

    Why Is Obama Needlessly Scaring Seniors?

    Apparently things aren’t ugly enough in Washington, so President Obama has started scaring senior citizens. “In a government shutdown, Social Security checks still go out on time,” he said last week. “In an economic shutdown, if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, they don’t go out on time.” This scaremongering … More

    Obama Needlessly Scares Seniors: Social Security Checks and the Debt Limit

    President Obama is needlessly scaring seniors by suggesting that their Social Security benefit checks may not arrive on time if the U.S. runs out of borrowing authority at the debt limit. The 57 million Americans who receive Social Security benefits should know that their benefits will not be affected—unless President … More