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    Budget Conference Spending Cuts: Start with Amtrak Subsidies

    A good place for budget conferees to start cutting federal spending would be at Amtrak, the federally subsidized passenger rail service, with its $72 million loss on its food and beverage service in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and generally poor financial performance. Amtrak’s inspector general Ted Alves states in a … More

    No Room for Spending Cuts? How About Government Employee Trips to the Caribbean?

    If government employees can enjoy a stay in a luxury hotel made famous on The Bachelor, then surely Congress could find somewhere to make spending cuts. In November, a group of federal government employees connected with the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force enjoyed a trip to St. Croix, courtesy of … More

    The Truth About Spending Cuts and the Economy

    Liberal economists like Paul Krugman might be calling for more government spending to help our ailing economy, but federal spending cuts are the better bet for long-term economic growth according to a new study released today by The Heritage Foundation’s Romina Boccia. Krugman stubbornly argues that government should spend more … More

    “Use It or Lose It” Shows There’s More Room to Cut Spending

    As the budget conference committee meets to negotiate U.S. federal spending, lawmakers should not lose sight of the billions in taxpayer money still being wasted each year by federal government agencies. The end of the fiscal year in September is an annual showcase of waste just to spend the very … More

    Debt: Seven out of 10 Voters Think the U.S. Is on the Wrong Track

    A recent Peterson Foundation poll showed that 70 percent of registered voters believe that the country is on the wrong path when it comes to addressing the debt. This is just the latest indication that Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the nation’s financial future. The poll, which also shows that … More

    Three More Apologies the President Will Be Making on Obamacare

    Faced with the grim reality of Obamacare, President Obama apologized that millions of Americans are losing coverage because of his law, which was supposed to make health insurance available and affordable. Sadly, this is not the last apology the President will need to make about his health care law. Although … More

    Remembering Hurricane Sandy “Relief”: A Problem of Federal Spending

    With the recent anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and the budget storm looming ahead, it is worth remembering how Congress “helped” victims of the storm. A year later, those affected by the storm have seen almost none of the promised aid. This should come as no surprise: At the time the … More

    Obama's Disastrous Stewardship of America's Armed Forces

    Capt. Tom Shanahan didn’t need a full crew. At least, that’s what the Pentagon told him. After all, his ship—the USS Canisteo—was in port for repairs. As the months passed, the Navy assigned more and more Canisteo crew members elsewhere. By the time repairs were complete, Shanahan didn’t have enough … More

    Just One Dollar Less: Why Washington’s Budget Will Be $150 Billion More in 2014

    What would happen if lawmakers took this year’s budget, subtracted $1, and made that the budget for next year? Let Freedom Ring made this video asking policymakers to do just that: If lawmakers did this, they would need to cut the 2014 budget by nearly $150 billion. That’s right: Federal … More

    Americans Want Solutions, Not Procrastination on Debt, Budget Crisis

    Nearly two-thirds of Americans polled by Bloomberg answered that “it is right to require spending cuts when the debt ceiling is raised…because Congress lacks discipline on spending.” Their voices were not heard by Congress as it signed its terms of surrender. In the final hours before October 17—the alleged day … More