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    “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

    Tax Revenue Rose Five Times Faster Than Spending Fell in 2013

    The monthly Treasury statement of the actual budget figures for 2013 this week shows tax revenue rising five times faster than spending fell in 2013. Taxes revenue climbed by 13.2 percent from $2.45 trillion in 2012 to $2.77 trillion in 2013. Spending, on the other hand, fell by only 2.4 … More

    Moody's on Debt Limit: Calling Obama's Bluff on Default

    A voice of reason emerged today among the doomsday predictions over a U.S. government default if the debt limit is not raised by mid-October. The Washington Post reports that Moody’s, a top credit rating service, suggested that hitting the debt limit does not mean the U.S. would default: “We believe … More

    Obama Needlessly Scares Seniors: Social Security Checks and the Debt Limit

    President Obama is needlessly scaring seniors by suggesting that their Social Security benefit checks may not arrive on time if the U.S. runs out of borrowing authority at the debt limit. The 57 million Americans who receive Social Security benefits should know that their benefits will not be affected—unless President … More

    Q&A: What Happens During a Government Shutdown?

    Some of the claims being made about what happens to the federal government when there is a funding lapse are almost hysterical – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) even claimed that a shutdown would be “as dangerous as the break-up of the Union before the Civil War.” Here are answers to … 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

    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

    D.C. Circuit Signals Doubts on IRS Tax Preparer Regulations

    In oral argument today, the D.C. federal appeals court appeared ready to throw cold water on the IRS’s claim to have the authority to regulate income tax return preparers under a 130-year-old statute. The case is just the latest to arise following President Obama’s push for the executive branch to … More

    Next Fed Chairman: Independence Is Paramount

    Larry Summers withdrew his name from consideration for the next chairmanship of the Federal Reserve. The office currently occupied by Ben Bernanke wields enormous power over short-run economic changes. Poor decisions at the Fed can cause recessions or boost markets briefly. For that reason, the most important feature of the … More

    Inside the Dysfunctional IRS

    As bad as the political persecution of conservatives by the IRS is—and it is really bad—if the IRS were to replace half of its workforce with tea party members, problems would remain. Let me explain how I know this. President Obama’s announcement that Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller would take … More