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    A Second Chance for Fiscal Responsibility

    Last January, Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced an amendment which would have taken the first steps toward restoring fiscal responsibility in Washington. While the amendment failed to attain the necessary 60 votes for passage, it did gain strong bipartisan support, with 16 Democrats joining all but … More

    In Their Own Words: Spending Our Way Out of the Recession

    House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) was quoted in The Hill earlier this week discussing the country’s economic outlook. Despite the President’s recent efforts to talk about savings, Rep. Clyburn took a different tack, saying that “wouldn’t help alleviate the recession.” He added, “We’re not going to save our way out of this recession. We’ve got to spend our way out of this recession, and I think most economists know that.” More

    Senator Coburn’s “Radical” Alternative to Raising the Debt Limit

    Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has a radical alternative to raising the debt limit: spend less money. In an amendment introduced last week Senator Coburn proposed saving approximately $120 billion by, “consolidating more than 640 duplicative government programs, cutting wasteful Washington spending, and returning billions of dollars of unspent money.” The … More

    An Executive Order Debt Commission Doesn’t Cut It

    President Obama is reported to be considering an Executive Order creating yet another commission to consider options for curtailing Washington’s deficit addiction. Even at a time when action is desperately needed, such an Executive Order is likely worse than doing nothing. The Executive Order approach represents Congress’ latest embarrassing retreat … More

    Shhh…CONGRESS IS RAISING THE DEBT LIMIT

    Congress doesn’t want you to know it, but they are about to raise the debt limit because they’ve spent the full $12.1 trillion allowed on their taxpayer-funded credit card. They’re hoping you won’t notice because they’re trying to sneak the increase into some other “must-pass” measure, such as the upcoming … More

    Morning Bell: The Impending Obama Borrow and Spend Disaster

    Speaking at Georgetown University on April 14th, President Barack Obama promised: “We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand. We must build our house upon a rock. We must lay a new foundation for growth and prosperity — a foundation that will move us from an era … More

    Dr. Strangling Debt: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love $1.4 Trillion

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    10 Democrats Stand Up for Fiscal Discipline--Will Leadership Follow?

    Ten democratic Senators recently issued an important call to action for Majority Leader Harry Reid to support efforts to get America’s long-term fiscal imbalance under control. One can only hope Senator Reid listens. As the letter notes, America is already $12 trillion in debt and, in the next decade, will … More

    Obama’s $1 Trillion Birthday Present

    President Obama celebrated his 48th birthday yesterday, but instead of being showered with gifts, he handed the American people the biggest present of all: one trillion dollars in new debt. Since Obama was inaugurated in January, the national debt has grown over one trillion dollars to a whopping $11.669 trillion. … More

    Obama v. Geithner on TARP Repayments: Save or Spend?

    In his statement yesterday announcing that 10 banks would be repaying $68 billion in TARP bailout funds, President Obama proudly asserted that the step would reduce the national debt: “And as this money is returned, we’ll see our national debt lessened by $68 billion — billions of dollars that this … More