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    CBO Warns: President Obama and Congress Risk Triggering Another Recession

    About 1.6 million American jobs hang in the balance. That is the clear implication of analysis contained in the annual budget update by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Along with all manner of dire and dreary budget data reflecting President Obama’s budget and economic policies to date, CBO provides its … More

    Rural Utilities Create Zero Jobs With $47 Million in Stimulus Funding

    A stimulus program designed to create jobs by funding rural utility projects has created only about 12% of the jobs projected at the outset of the program in a sample of towns recently examined by the Agriculture Department’s Inspector General. The IG examined 22 local utilities and government agencies to receive … More

    Morning Bell: 'Pizza Tax' Only a Hint of Obamacare's Costs

    Papa John’s Pizza founder John Schnatter spurred new outrage over Obamacare when he said recently that the law will hike pizza prices. But his business isn’t the only one that will have to pass its new costs on to consumers—or cut back, which will mean even fewer jobs. At least … More

    Welfare Work Requirements Respect Human Dignity

    The Obama Administration has effectively gutted the work requirements of the bipartisan welfare reforms of 1996. In doing so, it is trampling on the central policy that made welfare reform work. The lesson for policymakers from those reforms was that good principles, good policy, and good results go hand in … More

    Trading Up to Create Better Jobs

    According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, creating good jobs should be the number one priority for the next President. One of the best ways to create good jobs is to expand free trade. Consider the following numbers: In the five years after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) … More

    Morning Bell: Has Any Administration Policy NOT Killed Jobs Lately?

    Congress has headed off for its long vacation-and-campaign season, fleeing Washington as the unemployment rate rises. According to the Labor Department’s July jobs report, the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3 percent, 12.8 million Americans are out of work, and 5.2 million have been out of work for at least … More

    Book: Obama Had Ulterior Motive for Economic Stimulus

    A new book out later this month paints a vastly different picture of President Obama’s economic stimulus than the one he sold to the American people upon taking office in 2009. Time senior correspondent Mike Grunwald, a self-proclaimed “Recovery Act cheerleader,” argues in “The NEW New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in … More

    Morning Bell: Senate Votes to Raise Taxes on Small Businesses

    Yesterday, the Senate narrowly voted (51-48) to raise taxes on 1.2 million small businesses, which will likely kill more than 700,000 jobs at a time when nearly 13 million Americans are out of work. Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jim Webb (D-VA) joined all Republicans in bipartisan opposition to the … More

    Economically Significant Regulations On the Rise Under Obama

    President Obama claims he’s overseen the creation fewer regulations than his predecessors. But his administration has actually issued far more expensive and economically costly regulations, adding billions of dollars in compliance costs for businesses and job creators. The red tape is documented in a new report by the House Oversight … More

    What Taxmageddon Really Means for Families

    Taxmageddon is approaching closer by the day. Much of the focus has been on the impact Taxmageddon will have on the economy. But just how will this massive tax hike impact America’s most fundamental unit of society? Families will see their taxes go up by more than $4,100—just in 2013—because … More