Tag: budget
$3.5 Trillion Does Not Equal $0
President Joe Biden is a lot like President Donald Trump. He likes to use Twitter to gaslight his critics. How else can you explain President Biden’s September 25, 2021 tweet, in which he claims his Build Back Better Agenda will not cost anything? My Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars. Instead of wasting...
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Most Millennials Live Paycheck to Paycheck. Financial Literacy is Key to Their Freedom
Millennials are on a tight budget, even those making six-digit figures.  According to a new survey by PYMNTS and LendingClub, 70% of millennials are living paycheck to paycheck. Most baby boomers, on the other hand, are living the life, with only 40% claiming they are in the same conditions.  In its analysis of the...
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The Biden Budget: Pandemic Spending That Never Ends
President Biden released his first budget proposal on Friday, May 28, 2021. Just ahead of the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. That wasn’t a mistake. The timing is part of a well-established practice by politicians called a Friday news dump. If they know the news is bad for them, they dump it on Friday, when...
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Reality Check Ahead on Deficit Spending
George Orwell has a famous insight from his 1945 work Notes on Nationalism. “One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.” Most people run into this insight in a paraphrased form. “There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could...
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The $1.9 Trillion “Rescue” Plan May Cause Small Uptick in the Short Term, but Will Only Add to Future Economic Growth Woes
The Congressional Budget Office has issued its 2021 Long-Term Budget Outlook months ahead of its usual schedule. The CBO forecasts that the publicly held portion of the national debt will grow to more than double the size of the U.S. economy during the next 30 years.
The Economic Costs of the National Debt and How to Avoid Them
One week ago, noted Stanford University economist John Taylor testified at a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives’ budget committee, whose members are reexamining the economic costs of the national debt. After the hearing, Taylor summarized his remarks and reflected on previous testimony he provided on a related topic back in 2015:
Meet the Federal Agency Propaganda Mascots That Cost Taxpayers a Fortune
Meet Sammy Soil. Sammy is one of the many official mascots of a federal government agency who, along with friends at other government departments like Franklin the Fair Housing Fox, Rex the Ready Kids’ Mountain Lion or Pedro the Penguin, serve as mascots intended to create a favorable public impression of the agencies.
The Worst Budget Deal in History
As in 2009 and 2010, it is unlikely that we will see greater prosperity in the future as a result of the 2019 budget deal.
Illinois’ Growing Public Employee Pension Liability Crisis
Local governments are now having to reduce needed services to the public to pay for the generous pensions of retired government employees.
Inserting the Constitution into the Budget Debate
In recent weeks, Americans have been debating issues related to the national debt and current budget. One camp calls for higher taxes while the other urges spending cuts (or at least a reduction in the rate of growth). What’s been missing from the debate is any conversation about the appropriate powers of the national...
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