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Uncle Sam Wants Any Leftovers

Uncle Sam Wants Any Leftovers

Originally published in The Daily Caller, April 9, 2013 — The government wants me to return my son’s ‘leftover’ Social Security money – A few months ago I wrote about how amazed I was to discover that my 13-year-old daughter is eligible for Social Security, along with her 15-year-old sister and 17-year-old brother. They have […]

Oregon Needs to Cap Spending

Oregon Needs to Cap Spending

Originally published in The Oregonian, February 15, 2013 – Oregon must cap the growth of spending with a constitutional limit – Oregon desperately needs to establish a constitutional limit on the growth of state spending. That’s clear when you compare what the growth of state budgets would have been with a spending cap over the […]

James Buchanan’s Simple Idea that Explains a Lot

James Buchanan’s Simple Idea that Explains a Lot

Reprinted from The New York Sun, January 9, 2013 – The death of James Buchanan takes from us the man who, more than any other, gave us the tools to understand what is happening to our country in the years of Obama. The professor at George Mason University was the leading progenitor of what is […]

Winning Ugly: Obama and the Fiscal Cliff

Winning Ugly: Obama and the Fiscal Cliff

Jonah Goldberg, writing at National Review Online, says President Obama has delivered (sort of) on his promise to make the wealthy pay their fair share, but has done nothing to achieve the balanced approach he claimed is needed.  The fiscal cliff deal raises taxes $46 for every $1 cut in spending.  That’s an odd notion […]

Congress Should Dive Headlong Off Fiscal Cliff

Congress Should Dive Headlong Off Fiscal Cliff

So say Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel in today’s Daily Caller.

Why Is My 13-Year-Old Daughter Eligible for Social Security?

Why Is My 13-Year-Old Daughter Eligible for Social Security?

Originally published in The Daily Caller, November 26, 2012 – Sooner or later Congress has to do something about our unsustainable Social Security system. A cautionary tale will help explain why the system is headed for bankruptcy. Like any personal story, it is anecdotal, but anecdotes in the aggregate can add up to billions of […]

$300,000 Per Job Followed by Bankruptcy

$300,000 Per Job Followed by Bankruptcy

The Washington Times reports that A123 Systems managed to create 400 jobs with a quarter billion in stimulus grants before going bankrupt.  Which means all the jobs they created at the green energy company were temporary.

Doing Well by Governing: Wen Jiabao, Al Gore & Barack Obama

Doing Well by Governing: Wen Jiabao, Al Gore & Barack Obama

Bret Stephens reports in today’s Wall Street Journal on how the Chinese leadership have fared financially while serving the people.  Funny how those in government who claim to be doing good end up doing well — very well.

Charles Koch on Corporate Cronyism

Charles Koch on Corporate Cronyism

The much despised (on the left) Charles Koch argues in today’s Wall Street Journal that corporate cronyism is harming America.  He’s correct.  Will any of the anti-big business crowd in the Democrat Party take up his cause?  Surely not because, though they are opposed to cronyism, they want their own cronies to continue to feed […]

California Not as Broke as the Governor Claims

California Not as Broke as the Governor Claims

In the long run, California is broke.  It has an estimated half trillion dollars in unfunded pension liabilities.  No joke.  In the short run there is a $16 billion budget gap Governor Brown is urging Californian’s to fill be raising their taxes.  This turns out to be a joke.  The Sacramento Bee and other California […]

Curbing PERS Costs Is Key to Funding Schools

Curbing PERS Costs Is Key to Funding Schools

Originally published in The Forest Grove News Times — September 4, 2012 – By Representative Katie Eyre – As our kids begin returning to the classroom, we will once again be reminded of the significant funding challenges facing schools throughout our community. With shorter school years, bigger class sizes and teacher layoffs, it’s clear local […]

What Does Fiscal Responsibility Mean?

What Does Fiscal Responsibility Mean?

Reprinted from Free Insights, August 29, 2012 – By: Steve Conover Posted on August 29, 2012 The American “Fiscal responsibility” is a catch-phrase that seemingly no politician can do without. The White House used “fiscal responsibility” to name a summit meeting, a bipartisan national commission, and one of their webpages. House Democrats named “fiscal responsibility” as a top priority; […]

How Poor is Poor?

How Poor is Poor?

Writing at The Washington Examiner, Robert Rector argues that the government has for five decades been cooking the books on poverty by not counting government benefits as income.  “It’s a rigged game,” concludes Rector, “and the taxpayer can never win.”

What the Latter Day Keynesians Have Wrought

What the Latter Day Keynesians Have Wrought

The Wall Street Journal editorial board provides [here] a cogent explanation of why the Obama Administration’s Keynesian approach has failed.

Portraying Spending Increases as Cuts

Portraying Spending Increases as Cuts

With VP candidate Paul Ryan being demonized as he who would slash the budget of every federal program serving women, minorities and the poor, Daniel Mitchell’s piece in today’s Wall Street Journal provides a dose of reality — which is that the Ryan budget allows for an average annual INCREASE in federal spending over the […]

Romney the Fiscal Conservative

Romney the Fiscal Conservative

Writing on National Review Online, Larry Kudlow offers persuasive evidence that Mitt Romney is truly a fiscal conservative.  Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate only strengthens Kudlow’s case.

Obamacare Will Not Reduce the Deficit

Obamacare Will Not Reduce the Deficit

Writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, former New York lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey explains why the Democrats are wrong to claim that Obamacare will reduce the federal  deficit.  She also notes that the Democrats will continue  to make the claim, nevertheless.  Read McCaughey’s commentary here.

Stimulus Spending Has Not Worked

Stimulus Spending Has Not Worked

No matter how many times New York Times columnist Paull Krugman our nation’s economic woes are the result of not enough government spending, and no matter how many times the Obama administration claims that things would be worse without the ongoing spending that has grown the annual deficit to $1.3 trillion, the evidence is that […]

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