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...

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...

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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Healthcare could be deciding issue (E-8)

Republicans have demolished Democratic arguments for doubling down on GovCare, and the administration is working on (but hasn’t clearly explained) some worthwhile improvements. Read More...

Socialism doesn't work (E-85)

If some people get handouts, others must pay. Social welfare programs are the biggest cost in government; ethanol is a costly substitute for oil; fuel cells are unsuitable for commercial scale power generation. Read More...

Tweaking the budget process won't accomplish much

Re the JSC’s review of the budget process, no one has zeroed in on the primary problem: The Senate filibuster rule is being used to slow down the process for partisan advantage. Read More...

Don't count on finessing fiscal problem

The GOP tax cut may have been a reasonable bet, but trillion-dollar deficits are sure to backfire. Read More...

More shutdown drama, mediocre results

The more one examines last week's bipartisan, bicameral budget deal, which raised government spending levels across the board, the uglier it looks. Read More...

Offshore wind: a case study in how bad decisions can get made

Facts matter and illogical opinions will be destroyed by reality, but a lot of damage can result in the meantime. The best time to stop bad ideas is at the beginning. Read More...

Let's hear it for the SAFE budget

Unlike the official House budget, the Republican Study Committee version would cut spending aggressively. Read More...

Pluses and minuses: assessing the president's budget proposal

The proposed spending cuts seem generally constructive, but critics will make every effort to derail them. Read More...

Campaign issues: a better way

House GOP agenda falls short of its advance billing as a collection of “bold conservative proposals.” Read More...
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