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Conservative Group Urges Republicans To Embrace Extra Spending For Year Ahead

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics

A prominent conservative group led by a former top House GOP staffer is urging Republicans to welcome additional government spending in three key dom...

Marco Rubio and the Virtues of Government Cheese

Terry Smith | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Terry Smith

For someone who has spent most of his adult working life on a government payroll, Marco Rubio has certainly learned how to denigrate government.

No Room for Life: One Student's Journey from Eviction to Graduate School

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

There is no room for life when it comes to housing policies. We're above a certain line of income, so we don't qualify for help. We pay rent well over the rent we used to pay before being evicted, but in order to prove that we can have a home again we would have to pay almost triple the amount.

Poll: A Majority Of Americans Favor Government Shutdown To Secure Spending Cuts

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A divided public thinks it's worth shutting the government or halting its ability to borrow to pay bills unless President Barack Ob...

There Are Not Enough Jobs, And Austerity Is To Blame

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.02.2015 | Business

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How Boehner Can 'Clean House': One Sentence to Prevent Government Shutdowns Forever

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The small band of Tea Party radicals wields its power because most other Republican members of Congress are cowed by the primary threats if they do not adhere strictly to Tea Party dictates. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has had his life as speaker made miserable by this dynamic.

The Government Funding Dilemma

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

The White House needs to provide real leadership to broker a deal in Congress. The president needs to rise above his reflexive temptation to offer up tax-and-spend schemes that are simply non-starters, point fingers of blame at Republicans, and absolve himself of any responsibility.

America's Homebuyers Being Targeted as Washington's Latest 'Pay-For' Piggy Bank

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Garrick T. Davis

Prospective new homeowners have all sorts of pressing concerns to consider. Strapping the cost of a federal highway spending bill onto their backs by way of artificially inflated loan guarantee fees paid over the life of a 30-year mortgage shouldn't be one of them.

4 Better Ways to Spend $163 Billion

Avi Yashchin | Posted 08.21.2015 | Technology
Avi Yashchin

The F-35 joint strike fighter, the United States' most expensive warplane to date, was supposed to cost $1.5 trillion over 50 years. The current contract is seven years behind schedule and $163 billion over budget. Here are four other things the US could have bought with the waste from the program.

The Attack on Planned Parenthood Is an Attack on the Impoverished

Matt Hartman | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Matt Hartman

Defunding the largest organization providing education and pregnancy prevention services will only increase the percentage of young people relegated into poverty, not only in this generation but also for generations to come.

Who Do We Blame For the Great Recession?

Harlan Green | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Why has economic growth been so slow since the Great Recession? This is the question haunting many economists these days. Second quarter 2015 real GDP growth (after inflation) was just 2.3 percent six years after its end. This is better growth than any other developed economy, but still much too low for a sustainable recovery.

The Puerto Rico Debt Crisis, Explained

Robert Rosenkranz | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Robert Rosenkranz

Puerto Rico is on its way to one of the largest debt defaults in history, right up there with Greece and Argentina. Economic stagnation, or contraction, is not merely a result of an economic cycle but of major long term problems that make the island uncompetitive. But is there a way out?

U.S. Army to Cut 40K Soldiers: Why That's Not a Surprise

Graphiq | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

For the soldiers who lose their jobs and families dependent on a military income, these cuts are certainly disruptive. Few, if any, military bases will be unaffected by the troop reduction. But the announcement shouldn't come as a surprise.

Michael McAuliff

Dems Will Torture GOP With Shutdown Politics In Spending Battle | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats’ plan to block every GOP spending bill this summer isn’t a bid for a government shutdown -- it’s a strategy to bring Rep...

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

The Invisible Hand of God

Jim Burklo | Posted 05.01.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

America ought to be better than these statistics imply. It's time for us to live up to the moral values espoused so long ago by Adam Smith. The real Adam Smith, that is.

How the Republicans Could Make Government More Efficient, But Won't

Martin Lobel | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Martin Lobel

Almost the first thing the Republican leaders of the Senate and House promised when they took control of both houses of Congress was that they would make government work more efficiently. But they haven't, and they won't.

George Will's 'Firing Offense' at Fox

Paul Abrams | Posted 06.06.2015 | Media
Paul Abrams

On rare occasions when professional right-wingers let down their ideological guards, however, they can slip into revealing the truth. But, George Will has sinned on that most sacred of right-wing catechisms, government spending. From that, there can be no reprieve.

The Grand Republican Strategy: We Win, You Pay!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

You never hear the reformocons talk about arithmetic in their speeches. They talk about inequality and upward mobility and the American middle class. They talk about all sorts of expensive new plans, and they never mention that there's a catch.

Gov. Rauer's Illinois spending cuts plan: "admirable" or stressful?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts for Illinois have a lot of people up in arms. But David From, director of the Illinois chapter of Americans F...

Extending Funding for CHIP in 2015 Is Key to Sustaining Gains for Children

Gene Lewit | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Gene Lewit

Extending CHIP funding until 2019 could go a long way to sustain and expand CHIP-related gains for children as CHIP enrollment grows in conjunction with further implementation of the ACA. Extending CHIP funding, however, is only an interim measure. In the long run, it will require additional actions.

6 Spending Cuts Proposed for Illinois by Gov. Bruce Rauner

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.21.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his first budget address to the General Assembly Feb . 18, outlining his plans for getting the state's finances back on track.

Painful Lessons About Poverty and Disability

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 04.16.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

One of America's crown jewels in enabling people to lift themselves out of poverty, the Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS), which for generations enabled people with disabilities, immigrants and others at-risk, is closing its doors.

Needed: A Bold Left to Defend Government

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We need an active, independent left willing to challenge the push for smaller government. A well-managed government can revitalize the economy even as it makes our world a better place to live. Many Americans seem to understand that instinctively. Where, then, is the movement that will make that argument?

Obama Rallies Democrats For Spending Surge

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN and ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Con...