Posts Tagged ‘Big Government’

Previewing the New Obama Budget


Saturday February 11th, 2012   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 9:10am PST   •   2 Comments

USA Today reports that the difference between what the federal government under President Obama will have spent in 2012 and how much it will collect in taxes and other revenue sources will be $1.33 trillion: The budget, an outline of which was released by the White House Friday night, will show a higher deficit…
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Why Washington Only Cut $38 Billion from Federal Spending


Saturday April 23rd, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 5:12pm PDT   •   3 Comments

In the following, insightful, new video, Independent Institute Research Fellow Benjamin Powell reveals “Why Washington only cut $38 billion” recently from federal spending because as public choice economics shows, special interests prevail over the average citizen by utilizing the political process to redistribute wealth and power from the many to the few (and costs…
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The President’s Reversal?


Monday April 11th, 2011   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 11:00am PDT   •   5 Comments

How much has the recent debate over federal spending changed things in Washington D.C.? Consider that at the beginning of the year, both the President and the members of his political party believed that any cuts to their previously proposed levels of spending would be unthinkable. After all, it was only two months ago…
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The Congressional Circus Over Federal “Cuts” Is Squabbling Over Nothing


Wednesday April 6th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 6:08pm PDT   •   1 Comment

In a new article, “How Can Anyone Take This Seriously?”, Independent Institute Research Editor Anthony Gregory slams the absurd squabbling in Congress over 2% of the federal deficit while the U.S.’s gigantic spending and debt crisis plunges onward. The U.S. is running deficits somewhere between one and one and a half trillion dollars, and…
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Is America Now More a Nation of Takers than Makers?


Friday April 1st, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 2:11pm PDT   •   4 Comments

In a new article for the Wall Street Journal, “We’ve Become a Nation of Takers, Not Makers,” Stephen Moore discusses that “More Americans work for the government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined.” If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering…
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Walter Williams on a Constitutional Spending Amendment


Monday January 24th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 11:09am PST   •   2 Comments

In a characteristically informed and appropriately scathing attack on the welfare state, Walter Williams asserts a cautiously optimistic view of the recent trend in political discourse as it has become more popular to call for limits on the arbitrary powers of the state. “For the first time in my lifetime—and I’m approaching 75 years…
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A Value Added Tax Will Not Reduce the Deficit!


Thursday November 18th, 2010   •   Posted by Randall Holcombe at 9:41pm PST   •   0 Comments

Politicians have been advocating a value added tax (VAT) for decades, and with the huge projected federal deficits interest in a VAT seems to be increasing lately. Last Spring Paul Volker was suggesting one, and David Theroux recently noted in his blog Paul Krugman’s support. Alice Rivlin and Pete Domenici suggest a 6.5% “debt…
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How Many More Trillion$ for Defense?


Wednesday October 27th, 2010   •   Posted by Joshua Kaplan at 7:28pm PDT   •   2 Comments

In the new article on runaway spending from the Pentagon, “How Many More Trillion$ for Defense?”, Independent Institute Research Fellow Winslow Wheeler explains the dire need for effective budgetary controls over the Pentagon.  As it stands the Pentagon “is literally ‘unauditable.’” “Since Sept. 11, 2001, Congress and the Defense Department have added more than…
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Obama’s Transportation Infrastructure Plan Wastes $50 Billion


Thursday October 14th, 2010   •   Posted by Joshua Kaplan at 12:26am PDT   •   2 Comments

In this new article on United States transportation infrastructure and spending, Gabriel Roth explains the  wasteful spending endemic to the central planning approach taken to transportation.  Rather than a leaky bucket, Roth proposes using market forces based on local transportation needs: “President Obama’s recent announcement of a $50 billion ‘up-front investment’ for ‘renewing and…
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A Smaller, Older, Less Prepared Military: Where Is the Payoff for Huge U.S. Budget Hikes


Wednesday October 13th, 2010   •   Posted by Joshua Kaplan at 8:40pm PDT   •   0 Comments

In a new article in Defense News, Winslow Wheeler reports on the trillions of dollars of wasteful spending by the Pentagon, and the poor state of the armed forces that result: “You’d think all that added money would give us larger forces, a newer hardware inventory and better trained people. Instead, the windfall made…
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