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Entitlements Hysteria

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

One of the unshakable myths of the punditariat is that the federal government is going bankrupt because of entitlements spending, especially spending on Medicare and Medicaid. This is a stampede of unreason, contradicted by the facts.

Occupy The Truth: Whistleblowers Conference Rolls Into UC Berkeley

Greg Archer | Posted 04.16.2012 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

An upcoming three-day political huddle, dubbed "Occupy the Truth: Whistleblowers Conference," piqued my interest. Think of it as an advocate/activist/info-gathering fest.

Obama's Budget Bomb: He Proposes Spending Increases, While Disarming America

Ken Blackwell | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

In terms of actual cuts in defense spending, Obama is shifting the focus from what is known to work in missile defense to developing futuristic missile intercepts which will require years of experimenting at great expense to taxpayers while a vulnerable America waits.

The Party of 'And' vs. the Party of 'Or'

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

America has always been at its best, and achieved exceptionalism, when it has been a country of "And" -- , as the preamble to the Constitution says, liberty AND justice AND the general welfare. Republicans are the party of "OR."

The Purple Tax Plan

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

The Purple Tax Plan is a simple, transparent, efficient, and progressive tax system. It will help the economy save, grow, produce jobs, and deliver higher wages.

Bonnie Kavoussi

Bernanke: 'The Elephant In The Room Is Really Health Care Costs' | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 02.02.2012 | Business

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned Thursday that rising health care costs must be curbed if the U.S. government is to reduce the federal deb...

Bonnie Kavoussi

Americans Save Less As Economic Growth Remains Sluggish And Real Wages Fall | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.27.2012 | Business

At a time that the U.S. economy is struggling to pick up steam, Americans are struggling just to keep up. Over the last three months of last year,...

Jennifer Bendery

GOP Warms To Obama's Plan To Trim And Merge | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans are cautiously embracing President Barack Obama's proposal for shrinking the size of the federal government, a...

David Cay Johnston: A Corporate Tax Code For A Different Century

Reuters | Posted 03.15.2012 | Business

(Repeating for wider distribution.) NEW YORK, Jan 13 (David Cay Johnston, Reuters) - Big business is lobbying for a major cut in the corpora...

Inside the army's doomed quest for the 'perfect' radio

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By David Axe, iWatch NewsAs several dozen soldiers from the U.S. Army's Task Force Rock drove into Afghanistan's Chowkay Valley one morning in March 2...

Frivolous Pork

Edward Flattau | Posted 03.05.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

You might agree that the 100 projects Sen. Tom Coburn recently listed to illustrate wasteful government spending don't merit taxpayers' support. That doesn't mean, however, that they were all profligate boondoggles.

Michael McAuliff

Dems See Big Wins In Disinfected Government Spending Bill | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

UPDATE - House Republicans are threatening to reject the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance extension deal approved by the Senate, according t...

GRAPHIC: Explaining The Federal Budget Deficit

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.13.2011 | Business

Since as early as August, it's been clear that the United States federal deficit would top $1 trillion in 2011 for the third year in a row. At 8.7 per...

A New Hostage Taken In Payroll Tax Fight

Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics

A massive year-end spending deal hung in the balance late Monday as a frustrated Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sought to use the package to win mo...

USA: Fiscal Reform or Failure?

Rob Taub | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Rob Taub

Call me naive, but I don't know anyone who would willingly let an incompetent manage their money, yet as taxpayers all of us allow the government to do so every day.

Fed Paper: Policy Uncertainty Hurting Job Creation

Posted 11.29.2011 | Business

Small businesses would hire and invest more if Washington offered a clearer idea about plans for taxes and government spending, researchers at the Fed...

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.

The Super Committee's Big Lie

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 01.20.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

As the Super Committee threatens this week to gut the government on the basis of a big lie, it's more important than ever that we fight back with systematic data. With truth on our side, the new progressive movement will prevail.

Message to Congress: Healthy Lands and Waters Support a Healthy Economy

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.11.2012 | Green
Mark Tercek

As federal budget deadlines loom, I hope that Congress recognizes the immense value of programs that sustain our country's irreplaceable natural resources. Healthy natural systems are the foundation for a healthy economy.

Federal CIO VanRoekel's 'Future First' Vision for Government Focuses on Cloud, Open Standards, Modularity, Shared Services

Alexander Howard | Posted 12.27.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

While no speech is going to simply fix an entrenched issue, articulating principles based upon the need for modularity, interoperability and open standards represents at least a breath of fresh air.

Jon Ward

Tea Party Group Tastes Tepid Support Among Conservatives For Overhauling Medicare And Social Security | Jon Ward | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Liberals and conservatives disagree vehemently over what to do with Medicare and Social Security, but among conservative think-tankers...

Forget Global Warming, What About the Towering Inferno?

Al Checchi | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Al Checchi

The time for simple belt tightening, repealing the Bush tax cuts, soaking the rich, "praying out the gay", or cutting out that illusive waste and fraud is long past. Only a total restructuring of what government does can provide any hope that the next generation.

How Cutting Government Spending Can Increase the Cost of Government

Thomas Fisher | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Thomas Fisher

The evidence is clear and undisputable: cutting government spending in areas that prevent problems from occurring in the first place can cost taxpayers more over the long run.

Infrastructure Question to Right-wing: If Not Now, When? If Not Government, Who?

Paul Abrams | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

There are climate-change deniers, evolution-deniers, science-deniers, reality-deniers that are running rampant in our politics. Nonetheless, to my knowledge, there are no infrastructure-deniers.

Bonnie Kavoussi

Krugman Argues For Spending Similar To World War II | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 03.02.2012 | Business

Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning Princeton economist and New York Times columnist, said Tuesday that the United States needs to spend on a scale ...