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    Outside the Beltway: Missouri's Mission Impossible - Downsizing Government

    Economic realities are slapping states in the face as they come to terms with the fact that they can’t afford costly government programs amid declining revenues. Though many states are on a path toward economic ruin, some legislators in Missouri are taking heed and cutting spending. The Associated Press reports … More

    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

    The President's Health Proposal: Further Jacking Up the Cost of Care

    In anticipation of the February 25th health care summit with members of Congress, the President released his proposal for pricey, government-run health care.  The White House estimates the cost of the proposal to be $950 billion over a decade, decreasing the federal deficit.  However, health policy expert James Capretta, a … More

    Social Security Surplus Withers, But That's No Surprise

    Hundreds of thousands of recession-induced retirements are proving to be terrible news for the Social Security Administration, leading to the total decimation of its annual surplus for the first time in 25 years, according to USA Today. But this morning’s headline really doesn’t qualify as “news,” per se, given that … More

    Obama Continues Down Road to Greater Job Loss, Less Freedom

    President Barack Obama reiterated his “jobs will be our number one focus” State of the Union talking point in New Hampshire on Tuesday, but all indications are that he is continuing down the path that led America to less economic freedom – and fewer jobs – in 2009. Heritage’s Brian … More

    The Public is Not Buying the Spending "Freeze"

    During his State of the Union address, President Obama talked about a proposed spending freeze (underwhelming, as it is) and how such action can save money and get us out of debt. Well, the good news is that no one is buying it. Virtually no one believes that the spending … More

    Is Obama's Underwhelming Spending Freeze A Fakeroo?

    The President has the right idea with his proposal to freeze spending.  Unfortunately, after driving spending to a record $3.7 trillion—nearly 26% of GDP—last year with the accompanying $1.4 trillion deficit, the proposal is at best a bit….underwhelming. According to the administration, only $447 billion in spending would be subject to … More

    "Mostly Free" Means Fewer Jobs, Less Money for Millions in U.S.

    This year’s Index of Economic Freedom contains the unsettling news that the United States has dropped out of the exclusive club of free economies and is graded “mostly free” for the first time in the Index’s 16-year history. The United States’ Index score dropped from last year’s 80.7 to this … More

    Obamacare Will Decrease the Deficit? Yeah, Right!

    The vote looming in the Senate to raise the debt limit should serve as a wake-up call that federal spending is out of control. Instead, Democratic leadership has tried to convince Americans that passing costly health care legislation is not only sensible, but requisite, and must be done now. Neither … More

    Outside the Beltway: California Dreamin' Up Ways to Avoid Economic Disaster

    California, the land of sunshine, surfing, soaring unemployment and ballooning deficits, may be making moves to strip itself of one of its most costly and draconian environmental regulations: the cap-and-trade carbon tax. Meanwhile, the City of Los Angeles is turning to private industry for help in digging out of a … More