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    Morning Bell: First Look at the 2014 Ryan Budget

    At first look, the budget unveiled today by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) advances much-needed reforms and importantly accomplishes the crucial goal of balancing the budget within the decade, though this is partially on the coattails of Obama’s tax increases. Not a silver bullet, it is more … More

    Morning Bell: 6 Things the Next U.S. Budget Should Do

    It’s time for Congress to make a real budget—and not just any budget. It’s been four years since the U.S. had a real budget. While the House of Representatives has passed budgets, the Senate has stopped each one. Instead, the Senate under Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has done short-term, … More

    Obama Fulfills DeMint's Prediction, Blaming Sequester for Future Economic Problems

    Senator Jim DeMint, the president-elect of The Heritage Foundation, apparently has a crystal ball. This morning he predicted that Obama would use the sequester as a smokescreen: So why is President Obama leading a scare campaign filled with untruths about how sequestration will necessitate firing firefighters, cops, and teachers? I’ll … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Sequester Smokescreen

    Suppose you desperately needed to lose weight but had a Big Mac with fries and a Coke staring you in the face. You could take your need to diet seriously and say, “No thanks, I’ll have a salad.” Or you could decide to reduce the Big Mac meal by 2 … More

    Video: Coolidge Proves Limited Government a Winning Strategy

    Can a politician advocate budget cuts and succeed? The answer is found in the politics of President Calvin Coolidge, a man whose persistence led to reductions in the size of government, according to Amity Shlaes, the author of a new biography on the 30th President entitled simply, Coolidge. “[There is] … More

    Celebrating Coolidge: Champion of Budget Cuts, Tax Reductions

    “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel famously said. Since then, the country has spent the Obama Presidency lurching from one crisis to the next. From the debt ceiling to the fiscal cliff to, today, the sequester, the federal … More

    In Congress, a Welcome Desire for "Regular Order"

    As Members of Congress left town last week for the Presidents’ Day break, a refreshing and commendable sentiment followed them: nostalgia for the “regular order” of lawmaking. “Tired of watching as flailing leadership negotiations fail to produce any key legislation,” wrote The Washington Post, “senior lawmakers hope that a return … More

    Small Business Owners to Congress: Fix the Debt with Entitlement Reform

    The National Small Business Association’s economic report finds, “The growing national debt is the number one thing small businesses thin[k] Congress and the administration should address.” Small businesses employ the majority of American workers and are vital to the innovation that grows the American economy. After a severe recession, the … More

    Morning Bell: Spending Cuts Are Happening, One Way or Another

    Federal budget cuts called “sequestration” are scheduled to hit in just 10 days. The sequestration cuts are not perfect—they’re a blunt instrument to cut spending, rather than a deliberative plan that sets priorities, trims entitlements, and cuts other spending. But they are law. It would be better to replace them … More

    Valentine's Day Treat: Continued Marriage Tax Penalties

    Valentine’s Day is supposed to be when couples come together and celebrate their relationship, but the 13 tax increases in the 2013 fiscal cliff deal unfortunately continued America’s marriage tax penalty. For example, the new tax rates apply after the first $450,000 for a married couple. But if they were … More