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    A Path to Balance in Five Steps: What to Look for in the Ryan Budget

    The House Budget Committee will deliver its budget resolution—which would eliminate the deficit within 10 years—ahead of Congress’s statutory deadline of April 15. The Senate, on the other hand, has already announced that it would not bother producing a budget this year, relying instead on the Ryan–Murray budget deal struck … More

    Your Money in Pictures: The Top 5 Charts of 2013

    As part of our countdown to the new year, here are Heritage’s top five must-see charts of 2013. 5. What If a Typical Family Spent Money Like the Federal Government? While middle-class families are still plagued by a sluggish recovery in the Obama economy, this is what their finances would … More

    Obama's Priorities vs. the Economy

    Now that the government is whirring again, President Obama has identified three priorities for the country. Here’s a quick look at how they stack up against your priorities. “There is a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the American people that … More

    Senate Deal Fixes Nothing

    The Senate announced a deal today to protect the status quo in Washington. As pundits debate the political winners or losers of this deal, one thing is awfully clear: The American people are once again on the losing end. The Wall Street Journal reports: Senate leaders on Wednesday struck an … More

    61% of Americans Want Spending Cuts Before Debt Limit Is Raised

    A clear majority of Americans believes that imposing a firm limit on borrowing with spending cuts is the only chance for Congress to kick its gluttonous spending habit. A recent poll released by Bloomberg shows that the majority of Americans oppose President Obama’s demand that Congress raise the debt ceiling … More

    Debt Ceiling Raised Seven Times Under Obama, Costing $43,000 Per Household

    Did you know that since President Obama came into office, the debt limit has been raised seven times? With those increases, Congress has added $43,000 in debt for every American household in just the last four years. And now the debt limit deadline is looming again. Treasury will run out … More

    Plan to Suspend Debt Limit Means Debt Would Rise to $17.8 Trillion

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced a new debt ceiling deadline today, urging congressional lawmakers and the President to come to an agreement concerning the nation’s borrowing authority by October 17. Republicans are proposing a $1.1 trillion increase in the debt limit by suspending the cap through December 2014. The big … 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

    Sequestration Helps Force Needed Spending Cuts and Enables Private-Sector Jobs

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a letter this week describing how canceling sequestration in 2014 would affect the economy. The CBO dutifully plugged the numbers into its economic model, and the model gave the result it was written to give: more government spending equals more output in the government … More

    Washington Hits the $16.7 Trillion Debt Ceiling with $300 Billion in New Debt

    On May 19, the United States hit its debt ceiling after adding $300 billion in more debt since lawmakers suspended the ceiling in February. But the cash won’t run dry until at least Labor Day, according to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, whose department can employ a variety of cash management … More