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    Grading the Lawmakers’ Entitlement Reform Proposals

    Kudos to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Last month the paper asked each member of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation to explain how he or she would solve the long-term Social Security and Medicare funding shortfall. Their responses claimed two and a half pages of editorial space in the July 13 issue. It’s … More

    Don't Forget Those Special Payments in Massachusetts

    On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal published an editorial on the Massachusetts health reform that, among other things, highlighted the roughly 150 million dollar cost overrun. Unfortunately, the Journal joined other media outlets in missing the real story. What was left out of the editorial, and other media coverage thus … More

    The Real Record Breakers Are Coming

    Yesterday the White House updated its budget estimates by releasing the annual “Midsession Review.” Media reports have focused on the projected budget deficits of $389 billion this year and $482 billion in 2009. As always, larger truths have been left out: Reports calling next year’s projected budget deficit of $482 … More

    Morning Bell: More Evasions on Medicare

    Earlier this month, Anheuser-Busch was bought by the Belgian brewer InBev for $50.3 billion. As symbolic as the purchase was for American beer drinkers, the deal will have an even bigger impact on Belgium’s economy. A gross domestic product (GDP) of $378.9 billion makes Belgium the 28th-largest economy in the world. Now … More

    Another Federal Bailout?

    First Bear Stearns, then Fannie and Freddie … and now the Commonwealth of Massachusetts? Last week Massachusetts received another short-term extension of its Medicaid waiver—which in part funds the state’s health care reform — until next Monday (July 28th) because the terms and conditions of its renewal are still pending. … More

    Why Massachusetts Is Important to Health Care Reform

    Officials in Boston and Washington are currently negotiating the renewal of Massachusetts’ Medicaid waiver, which funds a large portion of the state’s landmark health reform law. After a short-term extension was granted two weeks ago, talks are scheduled to end on Monday. In a recent memo, Ed Haislmaier and I … More

    Morning Bell: The Silence Is Deafening

    The year 2008 is not just an election year. It is also the year that marks the beginning of a demographic transformation that threatens the fiscal stability of this country. Already, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid eat up 42% of the federal budget. But this year, the first of the … More

    Yes We Must

    Former Supreme Court associate justice Sandra Day O’Connor and former Ambassador James R. Jones kick off this week’s Youth Entitlement Summit in today’s Washington Post: Idealistic young voters have turned out in record numbers this year — and not a moment too soon. How our next president represents the interests … More

    This Week in Washington: Playing Politics With the War on Terror

    Here’s a preview of what’s happening this week in Washington. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6YshohNEUM[/youtube] May was a successful month in Iraq, yet progress with the war supplemental has been slowed by the left. House leaders want to tie war funding to domestic spending, including unemployment insurance and pet pork projects. Time is running … More

    Tax And Spend Is Here Again

    Heritage senior policy analyst Brian Riedl has taken a close look at the budget passed by Congress this week and notes that it: Assumes tax increases topping $3 trillion over the next decade, or $3,135 per household annually Includes 64 reserve funds that could be used to raise taxes by … More