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    Morning Bell: 6 Fixes to America's Fiscal Crisis

    President Obama made his first offer to congressional Republicans yesterday in negotiations over the “fiscal cliff”—an economic catastrophe of tax hikes just a few weeks away. The White House’s proposal? $1.6 trillion in tax increases, $50 billion in new stimulus spending, and a change that would make it easier to … More

    Fiscal Cliff: Where Are Your Spending Cuts, Mr. President?

    The fiscal cliff debate has centered on talk of raising taxes on high-income Americans. The silence on spending cuts has been deafening. On Monday, as if on cue, came investor Warren Buffett’s rehashed—albeit flat-out wrong—proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy. Even though the Obama Administration has said both sides … More

    232 Business Leaders Urge Obama, Congress to Reform Entitlements

    A letter from 232 multi-industry organizations, in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is calling on President Obama and Congress to restructure the nation’s entitlement programs and put them on a path toward financial sustainability. These organizations recognize that the country’s rising debt poses grave economic risks. In the … 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

    Boehner's Olive Branch: More Revenues, but Only Through Growth

    Sometimes in post-election America, there is excitement about what the future will bring. This time around, the prospect is rather horrifying. America is racing, pedal to the metal, toward the fiscal cliff—a mixture of tax hikes and defense cuts that loom just after New Year’s. The same Congress and 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

    Majority of Americans Say Government Spends Too Much on Welfare

    More than half of Americans (51 percent) believe the government spends too much on welfare, according to a new Rasmussen Report. They’re right. Welfare spending has been growing for decades and is at a record level, approaching $1 trillion annually. Putting that amount in perspective, if the cost of welfare … More

    What's Scary: Federal Spending Per Household

    On this Halloween, ghastly, ghoulish garb and haunted houses aren’t the only sources of spookiness in Washington. Americans across the country have cause for alarm, because the federal government spent a spine-chilling $29,691 per household in 2012. As The Heritage Foundation’s “Federal Spending by the Numbers—2012” shows, federal spending per … More

    Morning Bell: The Specter of Taxmageddon Rises

    On this Halloween, a truly frightening specter is looming. No amount of garlic, crosses, or exorcists can help us—only Congress and the President can chase this ghoul away. It’s Taxmageddon. A horrifying combination of expiring pro-growth tax policies from 2001 and 2003, the end of the once-temporary payroll tax cut, … More

    Defense Budget Competing with Entitlement Spending: A Crisis Point

    Today, the threats to our national security are complex, fluid, and hard to fully comprehend. This requires a serious look at what the U.S. can do to affect events worldwide that would produce outcomes favorable to our interests, rather than allowing other nations to drive events, some of which are … More