Glow of upbeat presidential address fades quickly

The government’s budget should be balanced every year, but our political leaders keep getting it wrong. Read More...

Fixing fiscal problem won't be easy

The president will have an ideal forum tomorrow night to urge doing what’s needed to balance the budget. Read More...

One trillion dollars for infrastructure

An $800B economic stimulus package was all the rage in 2009; now the wonder cure is more infrastructure. Read More...

Presidential candidates "grilled" on debt & entitlements

No one has seriously engaged the presidential candidates on the fiscal problem; it keeps getting worse. Read More...

President slams Republicans for legislative inaction

The president and his party have contributed importantly to the failure of Congress to address important issues in a timely manner. Read More...

Kicking the fiscal can down the road

Our political leaders will never solve the fiscal problem if they don’t start acting differently. Read More...

Dueling economic plans

No wonder there’s so much debate about economic policies; the two sides disagree on the goal. Read More...

Campaign issues: Social Security

Social Security burden keeps growing, and most of the presidential candidates are pretending not to notice.
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Campaign issues: deficits and debt

Presidential candidates ignored the fiscal problem in 2008, and the same thing could happen this year, but wishing won't make the problem go away. Read More...

The president's budget proposal looks familiar

If the government keeps trying to do everything, it may wind up accomplishing nothing. Read More...

Campaign issues: spending

Nonstop deficits are a huge problem; which of the presidential candidates would be most likely to fix it? Read More...

Some thoughts about the omnibus budget package

In 2015, Congress increased deficits, complicated tax reform, and supported misguided energy policies. Read More...

All in favor of responsible budgeting, say aye

Budget Red-Line proposal isn't perfect, but it would be a lot better than doing nothing. Read More...

Lots of action in DC, but disappointing results

Whatever the outcome of the 2016 elections, conservatives will have a lot of lost ground to recover. Read More...

Power of the purse, use it or lose it

Republican vows to reboot the congressional budget process have been put on hold until 2017. Read More...

There is no easy way to resolve this budget battle

No one wants a government shutdown, but the majority in Congress should not allow itself to be bullied. Read More...

Dodging another government shutdown - for now

If there’s going to be a shutdown, it shouldn’t be about Planned Parenthood. Read More...

Another budget showdown looms

If Congress buckled down, it could finish the appropriation bills in September. Read More...

Budget plan passed, now what?

Having passed a budget resolution, GOP should not back down at first signs of trouble. Read More...

The budget process grinds on

Congressional budget resolution represents real progress, but there is a long way left to go. Read More...

Economic stimulus has masked problems, not fixed them

Present policies will lead to economic disaster, it's only a matter of time. Read More...

GOP budgets face uphill battle

Fiscal discipline is unpopular, and the GOP budget plans will be opposed at every step.
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A recurring theme in the president's budget

Growing the government should not trump ensuring the nation’s safety and economic well-being. Read More...

Reverse engineering the president's budget

Tax increases and “sustainable” deficits are proposed to fuel our Leviathan government. Read More...

A rising tide of red ink

Stop kicking the fiscal can down the road; it’s time to get serious about deficits and debt. Read More...

Postelection update: Defense budget

Defense spending cuts must be restored, but don’t neglect saving opportunities in the mix. Read More...

Postelection update: Deficits & debt

The time has come for serious spending cuts and here’s a game plan for getting them made.
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E minus 15: One way or another, everyone pays

Recipients of government benefits beware; there may be strings attached. Read More...

E minus 36: Budget on autopilot, so are a lot of other things

We have often been critical of the president and his party, but SAFE is genuinely nonpartisan and this week's entry is devoted to slamming Republicans for the insipid and negative campaign they are waging this fall. Read More...

Shareholder value is OK but cronyism is a problem

Dishonest or irresponsible conduct must be addressed, but reinventing the corporation won’t help. Read More...

Global economic data raise questions about current policies

Advocating ways to “Secure America’s Future Economy” tends to be a full time job, so we generally don’t pay much attention to the global economy. Read More...
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