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President Obama's Claim About Shrinking Government is a Publicity Stunt

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.17.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

President Obama's latest claim that he's going to shrink government by combining the Small Business Administration with the Department of Commerce is laughable.

Both Public And Private Sector Wages Barely Grew Over Twelve Months

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business

Whether you work for the government or the private sector, it's likely your salary didn't go up much in 2011, but federal workers saw their wages grow...

GOP Candidate Calling For Spending Cuts Aggressively Pursued Federal Money

Mother Jones | Andy Kroll | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

On November 3, at a town hall event in Exeter, New Hampshire, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney laid out his plan to make the federal govern...

The Super Committee's Predictable Failure

Al Checchi | Posted 01.27.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

Debating tax policy now is putting the cart before the horse. The real issue is what the government should be doing. Then we can worry about how we should pay for it.

Americans Guess Over Half Of Federal Tax Dollars Are Wasted: Gallup

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

Never in recorded history have Americans been more distrustful of how the U.S. government spends its money. According to a new Gallup poll, Americ...

Jennifer Bendery

Spending Fight Could Slow Emergency Aid For Hurricane Irene Damage | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As East Coasters brace for what some say will be a historic pummel by Hurricane Irene, at least one lawmaker is fuming over a requiremen...

Defense and Aerospace Industry Should be Redirected to Renewable Energy Technology

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Lloyd Chapman

If we redirected 25 percent of defense spending to renewable energy, we could spur competition and innovation amongst the top defense contractors for federal renewable energy contracts instead of military contracts.

White House Orders Agencies To Cut Their Budgets

AP | By ALAN FRAM | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Associated Press)-- It's a microcosm of the budget battling that has consumed Congress all year: The Obama administration wants federal ag...

Federal Agencies Warned To Prepare For More Cuts

AOL Government | Wyatt Kash | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

Federal agency and department leaders should plan for a 5 percent reduction in discretionary spending in fiscal year 2013, and prepare for more cuts -...

NY Times: Debt Deal Does 'Real Damage' At The Local Level

The New York Times | Editors | Posted 10.14.2011 | Business

States and cities had already endured a harrowing three-year financial slide when the debt-ceiling crisis darkened their outlooks even further. In the...

Eight Things to Tell a Republican

David Coates | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
David Coates

With Congress in recess and our lawmakers now back in their districts, there is presumably a slight chance of meeting one of them in the street.

How the Debt Ceiling Aftermath Threatens the Bay Area's Recovery

Randy Howder | Posted 10.09.2011 | San Francisco
Randy Howder

Could many of the attributes that make the Bay Area such a unique place in which to live and work be at risk? Could the Federal Government pull the rug out from under one of the only bright spots in the entire U.S. economy?

How to Save a Quarter of a Trillion Dollars

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

By scrapping plans for nuclear weapons "modernization" and for national missile defense, programs that are both useless and provocative, the United States would save $271 billion.

Tea Party's War on America

New York Times | JOE NOCERA | Posted 10.02.2011 | Business

These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people. Their intransig...

The Tower of Babel, Amazing Women and Moving Forward!

Lydia Fisher | Posted 09.29.2011 | Women
Lydia Fisher

Maybe, when things get so complicated, we return to the simple coming together, to get the job done. It got me thinking about the amazing women I've met over the years.

Lesson From the Debt Ceiling Negotiations: The GOP Is Now Run by Far Right Ideologues

Mitchell Bard | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Opposing raising the debt ceiling is essentially an announcement to the world the United States will not stand by its commitments. No American should want to be part of such a statement.

America's Aging Population The Real Barrier To Capping Federal Spending

National Journal | Ronald Brownstein | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics

With their vote this week to impose strict limits on future federal spending, House Republicans continued an argument not so much with Democrats as wi...

The Futility of the Gang of Six Budget Plan

Jagadeesh Gokhale | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics
Jagadeesh Gokhale

The budget showdown in Congress is being described as a "crisis," "looming catastrophe," "approaching disaster" -- pick your hyperbole. But anything that happens August 2 will pale in comparison to the real fiscal disaster that is several years down the road.

Jennifer Bendery

House Passes Tea Party's 'Cut, Cap And Balance' Fiscal Plan | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans easily passed their "Cut, Cap and Balance" fiscal plan on Tuesday, a proposal that boosts their standing among Tea Par...

Sam Stein

Wall Street Warns Congress: The Economy Post-Default Is A Man Post-'Suicide' | Sam Stein | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics

UPDATE -- 5:50 p.m.: By the end of Wednesday, the market seemed fully aware of the debt ceiling debate. U.S. stock-index futures fell after Moody's In...

Sam Stein

Mitch McConnell: 'I Refuse To Help Obama Reelection' | Sam Stein | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), under siege from conservatives over his opt-out proposal for the debt ceiling debate, de...

Jennifer Bendery

McConnell Offers Debt Ceiling Out, But Obama Keeps Focus On Deficit | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There were no real signs of progress in Tuesday's White House debt talks. But the meeting did shed light on two evolving dynamics taking...

What The Feds Know About Cutting Waste -- And Why They Don't Succeed

AOL Government | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics

A recent survey of government employees revealed that federal workers have a strong desire, and many ideas, on how government needs to be restructured...

Sam Stein

Obama: I'm Sure Boehner 'Will See The Light' On Infrastructure | Sam Stein | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Recent changes in rhetoric from Republicans on Capitol Hill have provided a sliver of hope about the prospects of getting an infrastruct...

Sam Stein

GOP Freshmen Lobby For Millions In Government Cash | Sam Stein | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics

With Reporting By Alex Becker WASHINGTON -- For years, Tennessee lawmakers have advocated for the construction of a major port on the northwest cor...