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    No Room for Spending Cuts? How About Government Employee Trips to the Caribbean?

    If government employees can enjoy a stay in a luxury hotel made famous on The Bachelor, then surely Congress could find somewhere to make spending cuts. In November, a group of federal government employees connected with the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force enjoyed a trip to St. Croix, courtesy of … More

    Black Friday Spending Spree (in Washington)

    American shoppers aren’t the only ones getting ready to spend big this holiday season. In Washington, members of the budget conference committee are considering several options that could increase spending by up to an additional $100 billion. What’s standing in their way is sequestration: the automatic spending cut mechanism President … More

    The Truth About Spending Cuts and the Economy

    Liberal economists like Paul Krugman might be calling for more government spending to help our ailing economy, but federal spending cuts are the better bet for long-term economic growth according to a new study released today by The Heritage Foundation’s Romina Boccia. Krugman stubbornly argues that government should spend more … More

    Tax Increases Really Hurt Growth and Jobs

    Some lawmakers, led by Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray (D–WA), are seeking to raise taxes in the budget conference to replace the modest spending reductions referred to as sequestration. They say that spending cuts hurt growth and jobs. If they are truly concerned about the economy and Americans’ opportunities, … More

    How President Obama Is Killing Jobs

    Five years on and President Obama still refuses to assume responsibility for his woeful economic record. The buck stops with Republicans, other countries, changes in the weather, etc.—anywhere but the Oval Office. Of course, it’s not new having a chief executive who refuses to admit failure. What is rare is … More

    “Use It or Lose It” Shows There’s More Room to Cut Spending

    As the budget conference committee meets to negotiate U.S. federal spending, lawmakers should not lose sight of the billions in taxpayer money still being wasted each year by federal government agencies. The end of the fiscal year in September is an annual showcase of waste just to spend the very … More

    Congress Should Do These 3 Things in the Next 31 Days

    In the next 31 days—starting today—the budget conference committee will try to accomplish something Congress has failed to do for the past four years… Agree on a budget. But not just any budget. This one needs to tackle the key driver of spending and debt: entitlement spending. Think of it … More

    Budget-Driven Defense Cuts Signify Hagel’s Lack of Strategy

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called for “significant change across every aspect of our defense enterprise.” While sequestration drives Secretary Hagel’s remarks, “significant change” is only code for declining readiness and lost capabilities. “We must make sure that contingency scenarios drive force structure decisions and not the other way around,” … More

    Obama's Disastrous Stewardship of America's Armed Forces

    Capt. Tom Shanahan didn’t need a full crew. At least, that’s what the Pentagon told him. After all, his ship—the USS Canisteo—was in port for repairs. As the months passed, the Navy assigned more and more Canisteo crew members elsewhere. By the time repairs were complete, Shanahan didn’t have enough … More

    Just One Dollar Less: Why Washington’s Budget Will Be $150 Billion More in 2014

    What would happen if lawmakers took this year’s budget, subtracted $1, and made that the budget for next year? Let Freedom Ring made this video asking policymakers to do just that: If lawmakers did this, they would need to cut the 2014 budget by nearly $150 billion. That’s right: Federal … More