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    As Detroit Goes, So Goes the Nation

    Detroit is the poster child for economic decline. The city’s policies and politics over the past half-century should serve as a “do not” guide for policymakers across the country. There’s a great deal lawmakers in Washington can learn. The first is understanding that Detroit’s demise was the result of big-government, … More

    VIDEO: Three Reasons to Reform Social Security Now

    In a recent video by ReasonTV, Nick Gillespie describes Social Security as a “fiscal and demographic disaster.” Heritage research provides further support that the program “desperately needs to be reformed right now—for at least three reasons”: Social Security pays more in taxes than it receives in benefits. A recent Heritage … More

    Social Security’s Unfunded Obligation Rises by $1 Trillion

    Contrary to claims by cheerful news sources, Social Security’s deficit outlook is not “unchanged” or “no worse.” Social Security’s unfunded obligation rose by $1 trillion according to the latest trustees’ report. U.S. taxpayers now owe $12.3 trillion to pay scheduled benefits—in addition to what Social Security can hope to collect … More

    Quiet Before the Storm: CBO Reports $642 Billion Deficit in 2013

    At $642 billion, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports, the 2013 deficit will be lower by $200 billion than previously forecast. In February, the CBO projected a deficit of spending over revenue of $845 billion, but a large and temporary boost in revenues is pushing that figure down. Like the … More

    Morning Bell: 10 Facts on the Fiscal Cliff, Debt, and Spending

    Budget policy in 2012 was characterized by deficit spending, major increases in the national debt, and a heated debate over the “fiscal cliff.” With just days left for President Obama and lawmakers in Congress to avert a major tax hike, sequestration, and other major policy changes, today we bring you … More

    Morning Bell: 3 Simple Solutions for Fixing Social Security

    Later today the Republican-led House of Representatives will vote on “Plan B,” the latest unsatisfactory proposal put forward by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to avoid the fiscal cliff. Boehner’s plan would protect most Americans, except for millionaires, from a tax hike. But even this is a poor fix because it … More

    Medicare Cuts vs. Medicare Reform

    As the discussions over the fiscal cliff continue, the debate over entitlement reform is getting confused. The issue is not only how much savings constitutes reform, but also the underlying policies that get you there. Thus far in the fiscal cliff negotiations, Republicans have pushed for greater spending cuts, namely … More

    How Much Do We Owe? That's the $62 Trillion Question

    Earlier this month USA Today splashed a headline on its front page that declared: “U.S. owes $62 trillion.” I wrote a couple blog posts about it — one on the alarming size of the number and another on its juxtaposition with the Anthony Weiner story. It turns out this number — a … More

    Federal Government's Debt, Unfunded Obligations Grew Rapidly Last Year

    According to a new analysis from USA Today, American households are now on the hook for $534,000 to pay for the county’s debt and the unfunded obligations, or excess costs, for programs like Social Security and Medicare. USA Today reveals the eye-popping numbers for the federal government’s mounting fiscal problems. … More

    House Health Care Bill Yields $9.2 Trillion in Deficits

    Members of Congress have been working frantically to bring the cost of the health care bill below $1 trillion, make it “deficit-neutral,” per the President’s instructions, and meet Blue Dogs’ expectations that it be “paid for.” As the Congressional Budget Office has pointed out, so far they’ve had no such luck. But the bigger … More