Politics aside, the budget could be balanced

Here’s a blueprint for balancing the budget, incorporating proposals from a variety of sources. Hang in there, fiscal hawks, we still have a chance to avert disaster. Read More...

Setting a SAFE course in uncertain times

Smaller, more focused, less costly government is not in vogue these days, but SAFE has no intention of giving up. Here’s an overview of the battlefield. Read More...

Continuing efforts to improve the budget process

Responsible budgeting isn’t exactly in vogue right now, but let’s hear it for the political leaders and other people who are trying to bring it back.
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Latest budget deal: Faster process, similar results

The Bipartisan Budget Act will compound the fiscal problem, and ironically the debt limit – which is supposed to help constrain spending – provided an excuse for hasty action. Read More...

Options to combat computer tech bias

Rein in Google, sure, but think before acting. The first solution suggested may not be the best option. Read More...

Time to crack down on Google?

Google et al. could do a lot more to sway the 2020 elections than Russia did in 2016, simply by skewing the content that is readily accessible on the internet. Read More...

Miami debates foreshadow hyperpartisan presidential campaign

The prevailing mindset at the Democratic debates in Miami was that the government can solve all the ills of mankind and should seek to do so no matter what the cost. Read More...

Don't expect monetary policy to offset other mistakes

The Magic Formula by Nathan Lewis shows that (1) GOP tax cuts aren’t enough, wasteful spending must also be tackled; and (2) Federal Reserve should revert to "stable money" policies.
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Obstacles to spending taxpayer money responsibly

As though it wasn’t hard enough to assess competing government programs on a benefit/cost basis, comparisons are further complicated by using varying funding strategies. Read More...

Renewable Fuel Standard is an unjustifiable giveaway

If ethanol made sense as a fuel, why would a government mandate be needed? Read More...

Infrastructure plan generates more heat than light

The infrastructure deal was arguably derailed by unrelated political bickering, but there was no solid basis for a such a deal in the first place. Read More...

How goes the battle?

SAFE board mulls some tough issues, including reviving the interest of our political leaders in balancing the budget vs. promising “free stuff” that taxpayers aren’t willing to pay for. Read More...

Budget news for FY 2020

Senate Budget Committee is reviewing the budget process. SAFE is pleased to support these and other efforts to make things better, with the ultimate goal of balancing the budget and keeping it that way.

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Multiple attacks on use of fossil fuels

Government attempts to influence energy source choices so as to “save the planet” or create “green” jobs are misguided. Read More...

Reaching out to Congress

Seems like there is a perennial battle over renewing the charter of the Export-Import Bank. Hopefully, this coalition letter will help to break the log jam and lead to the elimination of this superfluous agency. Read More...

Objection, you may not ask that question

District court rulings barring revival of a citizenship question in the 2020 census were primarily based on the allegedly improper motivation of the official responsible. Read More...

The resistance continues, to no good end

It's time to bin the endless investigations of the Trump campaign/administration and unite behind the GOP tax cuts. Read More...

Resolving differences of opinion

Human beings are wired to defend their core beliefs, so don’t be surprised if intellectual opponents duck inconvenient facts – or fall into this mental trap yourself. Read More...

Assault on the electoral college

Abolishing the electoral college may or may not be a good idea, but in any case an interstate compact isn’t the way to go about it. Read More...

A nice thought, but the real world is more challenging

The Mueller report has been submitted, but many related issues remain in play. Also, a host of other problems are pending, none with easy and/or agreeable solutions. Read More...

Whither BP-2020

The House and Senate Budget Committees reviewed the president's budget proposal from every angle. Republicans seem worried about budget deficits; Democrats are more concerned about spending cuts. Read More...

President's budget proposal lands with a thud

The president’s budget proposal doesn’t go far enough, but it will represent a big step in the right direction – if Congress is paying attention. Read More...

Partisan gridlock reigns in DC

For voters who would favor less partisan strife in DC, don’t hold your breath because the Democratic game plan ensures it’s not going to happen. Read More...

What to make of Medicare for All

Medicare for All wouldn’t fix the US healthcare system; it would make things worse What’s needed are more options and power for patients and their doctors. Read More...

It's time to balance the budget

SAFE contacts selected political leaders re path forward for the fiscal problem. Effective presidential leadership would be essential as Congress isn't equipped to get the job done on its own.


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Prospects for action on the fiscal problem

SAFE suggestions: Abolish debt limit, prune spending, don't expand entitlements, don't raise taxes, expect 2020 presidential candidates to support balancing the budget.
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Call for unity in SOTU; don't hold your breath

The president’s address to Congress was politically astute, but it painted an excessively rosy picture of the true "state of the union." Read More...

Government reopens for 3 weeks

Let's hope the president's SOTU address will inspire Congress to resolve the battle over border "wall" funding. None of the default options are appealing. Read More...

Seeking middle ground on MMGWT

A lot of big names have endorsed the carbon dividend plan, but it's full of holes and not likely to go anywhere. Nuclear power would be a better bet. Read More...

Bloom Energy proposes to replace fuel cells at QFCP facilities

Delaware regulators should require Bloom Energy to explain how its proposal to replace all fuel cells at the QFCP facilities (Red Lion & Brookside) would serve the public interest. Read More...

Reading the tea leaves for 2019

This should be an interesting year, judging from the predictions of five astute pundits, but political consensus doesn’t seem to be on the menu. Read More...
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