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    Look Closer: Tax Increases, Not Spending Cuts, Are the Harmful Austerity

    Proponents of government spending want to use the recent history of Europe as evidence that spending cuts are harmful, but their arguments lose traction when one looks closely at the data. One example comes from Paul Krugman, who used the International Monetary Fund’s Fiscal Monitor data to argue that “austerity … 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

    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

    Without Reform, Entitlement Spending Poses a Default Risk

    The Obama Administration argues that failure to raise the debt limit would lead to a default on federal debts, causing unacceptable harm to the economy. But the President has ample discretion to prioritize debt payments and avoid default. The President has failed to address the more fundamental risk of default: … More

    How's the Economy at Your House?

    The news media, the President, and Congress should be cautious in trotting out “victims” of the government shutdown. As national media continue the hype, the furor over Washington furloughs will only take you so far in the rest of America. IN WASHINGTON: While the country’s national parks are closed and … More

    Japan’s Revolving Door Tax

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to increase Japan’s sales tax from 5 percent to 8 percent next year. Abe and his close ally Haruhiko Kuroda, head of the Bank of Japan, have long advocated for increasing Japan’s money supply by targeting a higher inflation rate in an attempt to … More

    Morning Bell: 6 Reasons Why the National Debt Keeps Rising

    Out-of-control spending by Congress and the Obama Administration has once again maxed out the latest debt limit—a nearly $17 trillion burden that harms job growth, gives special interests a pass, and lowers American families’ personal income. Inspired by Dave Ramsey’s recent post “6 Reasons People Stay in Debt,” we compiled … More

    Debt Limit: Brinksmanship or Fiscal Course Correction?

    Washington is in the midst of another budget fight this fall over the nation’s debt limit. What some call political brinksmanship others recognize as an important forcing mechanism to rein in out-of-control federal spending and avoid a much worse debt crisis in the future. Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute, a … More

    What You Need to Know About the Debt Limit

    The Congressional Budget Office just dropped a budget update on Washington, and it’s not good. The U.S. government is spending recklessly—and Obamacare is adding fuel to the fire. The new report comes at a crucial time, as negotiations over the debt limit are starting up again. Here are some basics … More

    Don’t Hit Snooze on the Debt

    The national debt is a few years away from an unprecedented peacetime explosion, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Without serious fiscal restraint, public debt will reach 80 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2022 and then explode to 190 percent of GDP in 2038, around the time … More