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    Morning Bell: $16,000,000,000,000

    Yesterday, the U.S. national debt passed $16 trillion. On President Barack Obama’s watch, the debt has increased by 50 percent, as campaign promise after campaign promise has drowned in a sea of federal spending. When he was running for President, Obama condemned George W. Bush for adding $4 trillion to … More

    Heritage Foundation "Cut Government Spending" Goal Gains Ground

    As the public debate swirls over whether and how to limit the size and cost of the federal government, The Heritage Foundation’s longstanding efforts to shrink the government gain ground. In May 2010, Heritage published Saving the American Dream: The Heritage Plan to Fix the Debt, Cut Spending, and Restore … More

    It's Not Getting Better: GDP Grows at a Sluggish 1.7 Percent Rate

    This morning’s update from the Department of Commerce on economic activity in the second quarter shows that the economy grew at an anemic 1.7 percent annual rate. This follows a nearly equally weak first quarter growth rate of 2.0 percent. How weak is this? In terms of economic output, the … More

    Can Asia’s Biggest, Baddest Economy Conquer the U.S.?

    China (GDP: $5.9 trillion) overtook Japan ($5.5 trillion) as Asia’s largest economy in 2010. Despite its rapid growth and much larger population, however, China’s economy still remains less than half the size of the U.S. ($14.6 trillion). Recent reports indicate that China’s economy has been showing signs of slowing, further … More

    Sluggish Economic Growth: More Reason to Renounce Tax Hikes

    On the afternoon of another discouraging assessment of the nation’s economic growth, the Obama Administration late Friday quietly released its mid-year update of the budget. The synchronicity made clear just how far from reality the President’s fiscal and economic policies have drifted—and the imperative of a prompt course correction. Friday … More

    How Much Debt Is Too Much?

    Following the news that the U.S. national debt has increased by $1 trillion for the fifth year in a row and that Greece’s debt crisis may force it from the eurozone, The Heritage Foundation has published a primer on national debt and sovereign default. National debt in a healthy economy … More

    China Not Yet Rebalancing

    China has the world’s second-largest GDP, the world’s largest monetary base, and the world’s largest foreign exchange reserves. Its large internal and external economic imbalances can matter a great deal to the global economy. There are claims China is now rebalancing. It isn’t. Claims of rebalancing are based on the … More

    CBO Shows Obama's Budget Produces More Staggering Spending and Debt

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate of the President’s budget reveals a reckless fiscal plan that shirks the spending cuts in the Budget Control Act and increases spending by more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years. It confirms that Obama is the first President to preside over four … More

    Mr. President: “We Can’t Wait” for the FY 2013 Budget

    President Obama will release his annual budget proposal late yet again. Choosing the date is not merely a convention. By law, the President must release the budget by the first Monday in February, which falls on February 6 this year. Yet yesterday the Administration announced it will release its fiscal … More

    Austerity Successes in Previous Downturns

    The left continues to resist any suggestion of spending cuts right now. In their view, a depressed economy is no time to slash spending; that would only further weaken demand. The successful austerity policies adopted in response to the downturn of 1920, however, offer a clear rebuttal to this notion. … More