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Government Spending

Find Out What You're Buying

Ralph Nader | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The federal government is one of the world's biggest consumers. These hundreds of billions of dollars in purchases and investments are a driving force of the American economy -- procurement creates jobs, promotes innovation and even has socially beneficial effects. It also is often associated with outsourcing waste and fraud and crony capitalism.

Unleash the Mighty Paraprofessional

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.26.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Paraprofessionals in schools serving many minority students are much more likely than teachers to share their students' ethnicity and language, and are more likely to live in the neighborhood.

Paul Blumenthal

Washington Lobbyists Pour Money Into Mississippi To Fend Off Tea Party

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbyists in Washington are pouring money into Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) runoff campaign, helping the six-term incumbent with a long...

Tech Startups With Federal Purse Strings

John McLaughlin | Posted 06.17.2014 | Technology
John McLaughlin

Startups can live or die by the depth of their investors' pockets, but some have stumbled on what can often be the most reliable source of funding -- contracts with the federal government.

Pay Your Own Way Government Has a Body Count

Leah Plunkett | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Leah Plunkett

If Kafka were around to design a plan for governance, the result would be this pay-your-own-way approach. When government tries to make some citizens pay for services we all rely on, the results are at best bizarre, at worst sinister.

How Government Can (Finally) Start Paying for Success

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

Government doesn't always work as well as it should, but there are solutions. Today, government pays for programs regardless of whether they work, and bears all of the risk of that investment.

Future Shock: Why Today's Votes Mortgage Tomorrow's Dreams

Hon. Joseph J. DioGuardi | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Hon. Joseph J. DioGuardi

Together, we must urge our elected officials to implement accrual accounting principles at the federal level so that our nation can finally have accountability based on accurate financial information.

Guess Who Tried to Prevent the VA Crisis -- and Who Stood in Their Way!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Who would've ever thought, after years of relentless cost-cutting in the halls of Washington, that the federal government actually spends our money on important stuff? Who would've thought that wars cost money, and tax cuts cost money, and maintaining our infrastructure costs money?

5 Crucial Facts About the So-Called 'Transportation Cliff'

Randal O'Toole | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Randal O'Toole

Pundits are fretting over the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund, which some call the "transportation cliff." The real battle is not over the cliff but how Congress spends the renewed gas tax. Here are five facts to help people understand this debate.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Who Led TARP Bailout Criticizes Wasteful Spending In New Ad

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

A Republican running to unseat California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has an ax to grind with the governor over a proposed $68 billion high-speed rail projec...

The 50-Billion-Dollar Question

Jim Liske | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

For decades, "tough on crime" policies contributed to the explosive growth of the prison population -- and the amount of money we spend on locking people up.

Sunshine Week Has Come and Gone - Let's Have Real Sunshine in Government Spending

David K. Rehr | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Now, I am a huge proponent of transparency and accountability. But I think the organizers and funders of Sunshine Week are missing the biggest issue facing citizens with respect to transparency: where government funds are spent and what results are being achieved.

France's Valls Is No Clinton

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Steve H. Hanke

President Francois Hollande has put in place a new French government led by Prime Minister Manuel Valls. This maneuver has all the hallmarks of shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. Yes, one has the chilling feel that accidents are waiting to happen.

Fairytale Economics

Delany Higgins | Posted 05.31.2014 | Teen
Delany Higgins

Recently, while avoiding some homework, I came across a video of a presentation given at Bowdoin College. I was cautious, at first, about clicking "pl...

President Obama's Budget Is a 'Solid Blueprint'

Bob Greenstein | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

President Obama's new budget is a solid blueprint that would reduce deficits, alleviate poverty, and boost investment in areas needed for future economic growth, such as infrastructure, education, and research.

Boiling It Down: The Benefits of Outsourcing

Harold Nonken | Posted 04.27.2014 | Comedy
Harold Nonken

Newspaper reports have disclosed that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs have recently moved to Minnesota.

Show This To The Next Person Who Calls Obama A Socialist Dictator

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.07.2014 | Business

If President Obama is a socialist dictator like some say he is, then he's doing it wrong: The government sector has slashed jobs steadily since the re...

Forget the Deficit: How to Achieve Economic Prosperity in 5 Steps

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

Rather than slashing services that millions of Americans rely on and cutting wages and benefits for government workers and retirees, Congress should be exploring ways to generate new sources of revenue that would put us on a path to prolonged economic growth.

Hearts, Wallets, and Evidence

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Everyone knows that effective education is one of the best means of preventing all sorts of social ills. Yet when educational effectiveness reduces ...

Massive Bill Shows Fruits Of Conservative Victory

AP | By DAVID ESPO | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — At an unlikely-to-be-read 1,582 pages, Congress' $1.1 trillion spending bill is precisely the sort of massive legislation that Rep...

$1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Would Bury Budget Battles

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top congressional negotiators Monday night released a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of ...

What Motivates People of Faith to Serve Thy Neighbor? Studies Find Prayer, Beliefs, Social Ties All Matter

David Briggs | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Increased belief and attendance were both associated with greater service to others in a new study examining religion and volunteering throughout adulthood based on four waves of the Americans' Changing Lives study.

Lawmakers Finishing Secretive Process For Giant Bill

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators trying to put the finishing touches on a $1.1 trillion spending bill reported Tuesday that they have made major progre...

What I Wanted from Santa: He Didn't Deliver World Peace or Political Civility Again!

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

I don't expect very much from Santa Claus these days. I mean, he's been a disappointment over the years. My desires are few--power, money, and fame, that sort of thing--but he's yet to satisfy any of them. So I tried downgrading my requests to world peace and the end of international poverty. But that didn't work either. He still didn't deliver. This year I tried to be more realistic. I had just a few simple requests. It's been a difficult year so Santa, this would have been a good time to give me at least something that I wanted. But no! It's Christmas Day and I got up early to check under the tree, and nothing.

New Year's Resolutions To Do Right By Children

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

While I'm all for dropping 20, kicking the habit and being more punctual, the most important resolutions we can make on New Year's focus on our children, not ourselves. My jiggly thighs aren't a national catastrophe, but the way we treat the next generation is.