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    End Double-Dipping: An Easy, Bipartisan Step Toward Saving Disability Insurance

    A friend calls you and begs for cash to aid in his job search. A minute later, he calls you again and begs for more cash because he hurt his back and is unable to work. You, of course, realize that your friend is interested only in mooching off your … More

    Pension Smoothing on UI Bill Is an Accounting Trick That Could Lead to Taxpayer Bailout

    The Senate is trying to use an accounting trick to claim deficit-reduction from a bill to extend federal long-term unemployment benefits. Far from that, the proposal to “smooth” pension contributions would merely shift tax revenue from the future into the present while destabilizing pensions even further and increasing the risks … More

    U.S. Debt Poses a Greater Barrier to Economic Opportunity Than Income Inequality

    President Obama has made income inequality the forefront issue on his 2014 agenda. However, more government is not the solution to increasing economic opportunity in the United States. More government has been the theme of the past decade and the hallmark of the Obama Administration. From the Medicare prescription drug … More

    Extending Unemployment Benefits Could Lead to Fewer Americans Finding Jobs Quickly

    Want the unemployment rate to stay stagnant, rise, or not decrease as quickly as possible? Then support an extension of unemployment benefits. Sure, liberals are touting the three-month extension (which isn’t offset by spending cuts elsewhere, despite its hefty $6.5 billion price tag) as an act of compassion for struggling … More

    Convert Food Stamps to a Work Activation Program

    Earlier this summer, the House took an important step in separating the bloated farm bill into an agriculture-only bill and a food stamp bill, which was introduced yesterday. To make a stand-alone food stamp bill a truly worthwhile reform, it should include a mandatory work requirement for all able-bodied adults. … More

    Disability and Unemployment: Putting an End to Double-Dipping

    The number of people on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) reached a record high this year. But a large number of people are double-dipping from both the disability insurance (DI) and unemployment insurance (UI) programs. A bill introduced last week would put an end to these overpayments, which unnecessarily drain the … More

    Congressional Budget Office Shows Senate Bill Is $600 Billion Tax Hike

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just now released its score of the bill the Senate passed early this morning while everyone was celebrating the beginning of the New Year. Despite knowing for a long time that taxes would go up on all Americans today, the Senate waited until we technically went … More

    Morning Bell: What IS the Fiscal Cliff?

    With just a few weeks left in 2012, all eyes in Washington are on Capitol Hill and the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. As usual, Congress and the President are taking highly contentious issues down to the wire before cutting a deal—never a situation that ends well for taxpayers. Federal Reserve Chairman … More

    White House's New Top Economist: Unemployment Benefits Are Not Stimulus

    President Obama’s pick as chairman of the White House Council on Economic Advisors co-authored a paper that showed that extending unemployment benefits will likely exacerbate joblessness. The paper’s findings run counter to the president’s economic argument for an unemployment benefit extension, which is expected to be a major part of … More

    Morning Bell: President Obama Sticks to Stimulus Script

    In the 1993 comedy Dave, a small-town presidential impersonator is called on to pretend to be the actual President of the United States when the commander in chief takes ill. Dave steps into the White House, takes his new role too far, and with wide-eyed innocence promises America, “I’m initiating … More