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Budget and Deficit

February 9, 2016

Our National Debt Is Trillions Of Dollars More Than You Think

Conservatives frequently remind voters that federal debt has risen to more than $18 trillion under President Obama. But that figure overlooks another nearly $3 trillion, which would put total federal debt at about $21 trillion.

February 3, 2016

Brady Briefing: Ways & Means Important to Texas, U.S.

IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Tom Giovanetti, president of the freedom-oriented IPI, recently wrote “Now that Texas Republican Kevin Brady chairs the Ways & Means Committee, he will have more to say about the details of any eventual tax reform than will the future president. So what really matters is Brady’s priorities…and they are encouraging”.

February 3, 2016

Comparing the Major Candidates' Tax Plans

Most of the major presidential candidates have released tax reform plans with enough specifics to run them through an economic model. On tax policy, Republicans tend to focus on economic growth, while Democrats tend to focus on distributional effects.

January 1, 2016

Big Policy Reforms Republican Candidates Should Embrace in 2016

With the possible exception of tax reform, very few conservatives will accuse the GOP presidential candidates of bold policy proposals. So maybe the candidates could use some suggestions.

December 21, 2015

'Twas the Week Before Christmas:

As Ryan the new Chief, and Nancy the shill,
Agreed they would stick us with a huge spending bill.

November 12, 2015

Immigrants Getting More Help Than You Realize From White House

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Immigrants coming to the United States are getting a free hand from the Obama Administration. And more of a free hand than you even realize.

November 9, 2015

President Obama's Credit Card Abuses Are Much Worse Than Marco Rubio's

When low-information voters put Barack Obama in the White House, they provided him with a type of credit card—drawn on the U.S. Treasury, otherwise known as taxpayers. Yet for the past seven years the press has been singularly uninterested in how honest and responsible Obama has been with that financial trust.

November 3, 2015

Budget Deal Perpetuates the Social Security Trust Fund Fiction

The budget deal perpetuates the Social Security trust fund fiction by borrowing from one trust fund that has loaned its assets for IOUs to save another trust fund which has spent its IOUs. 

October 27, 2015

RIP: Budget Sequester, 2013-2015

The budget sequester had a short but meaningful life.  It successfully helped to control federal spending, which is why Democrats and many Republicans had to snuff it out.

October 16, 2015

Reduce Trade Deficit by Ending Crude Oil Export Ban

Removing the ban on U.S. crude oil exports is one sure way to dramatically lower the balance of trade deficit for years to come.


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