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    Hunting for Surprises in the Obama Budget

    It is somehow fitting President Obama released his budget for Fiscal Year 2014 after Easter, a mere 65 days late—but who’s counting? Fitting because going through Obama’s budget is like an Easter egg hunt for which those in charge of hiding the eggs are masters of their craft. It takes … More

    WSJ: Food Stamp Rolls Remain High Despite Economic Improvement

    The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported last week that even with improvements in the economy, food stamp participation rates have reached all-time highs. Since 2008, enrollment has increased by 70 percent, reaching a record 47.8 million this past December. Funding for the food stamp program—or, as it’s now called the … More

    Morning Bell: Fighting Government Cronyism with an Opportunity Agenda

    Would you like a raise? For some workers, cronyism prevents receiving raises in pay. In early 2011, a Giant Eagle supermarket in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, wanted to give wage increases and higher starting wages to 25 employees. But a union wouldn’t let it do so. Why would a union object to … More

    Morning Bell: Don't Raise Debt Ceiling Without Balancing the Budget

    All across America, families are balancing their budgets and even paying off debt. Since the financial panic of 2008, personal debt has fallen as Americans tighten their belts and pay back loans. Some, unfortunately, had to declare bankruptcy because their debts got too big. Washington cannot declare bankruptcy; it must … More

    Ryan and Rubio on the Promise of American Opportunity

    At Tuesday night’s Kemp Foundation Leadership Award Dinner, Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) and Senator Marco Rubio (R–FL) talked about ways to promote opportunity, battle poverty, and get the country back on track. Both men aim to further successful reforms triggered by former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and longtime … More

    How to Explain the Entitlement Spending Crisis to Kids

    In a new video parodying Dr. Seuss’s whimsical style, the American Enterprise Institute puts the problem of growing entitlement program spending in a form elementary school kids can understand. It’s a good thing, too, because their generation will be burdened with paying for this skyrocketing spending if Congress and the … More

    Another Day, Another Default: Postal Service to Miss $5.6 Billion Payment to Treasury

    In August, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) failed to pay $5.5 billion due to the Treasury Department to fund health benefits for its retirees. This Sunday, USPS will miss a second payment to the Treasury, this time for $5.6 billion. This second default is no surprise; the USPS just doesn’t … More

    TSA’s Bloated Bureaucracy: House Calls for Much-Needed Reform

    Yesterday, the House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on the state of the Transportation Security Administration 11 years after 9/11. Appearing before the committee, my colleague James Jay Carafano explained: It is certainly fitting that we pause to reflect on the state of transportation security on the anniversary of … More

    Chart of the Week: Tax Revenues Devoured by Entitlements

    The looming unsustainability of the big three entitlement spending programs—Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security—is not inevitable, but in order to avoid the catastrophic effects of consuming every bit of tax revenue in just one generation, reform is a necessity. Take a look at Medicare, the largest portion of the projected … More

    Morning Bell: Governor Walker Breaks New Ground in Higher Ed

    Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), already well known for his efforts to curb union power, has now set out to tackle an equally big task: busting the higher education bubble. The problem of college affordability is recognized on both sides of the aisle, but sadly, most efforts to abate the problem … More