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FEMA’s Folly

September 19, 2014 | Transportation & Infrastructure

FEMA’s Folly Volume XIX No.38 As the first major Atlantic hurricane Eduardo formed this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was... Read More

Loco for OCO

September 12, 2014 | National Security

Loco for OCO Volume XIX No.37 For sheer chutzpah, it’s hard to beat the reprogramming request the Pentagon sent to Capitol Hill this week. This... Read More

Punting on the Budget

September 05, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Punting on the Budget Volume XIX, No.36 Around Washington you can tell football season is upon us (here you can read what we think about the NFL’s non-profit... Read More

Subsidies Keep the Good Times Rolling

August 28, 2014 | Agriculture

Subsidies Keep the Good Times Rolling Anybody road tripping through the Corn Belt this Labor Day can’t miss the obvious signs of farm profitability. From shiny new grain bins... Read More

Garbage Data In, Garbage Data Out

Garbage Data In, Garbage Data Out Prior to taking office as President, one of Senator Obama’s major accomplishments was the enactment of the Federal Funding Accountability... Read More

A La Carte Tax Reform

August 15, 2014 | Budget & Tax

A La Carte Tax Reform While the drumbeat for comprehensive tax reform has been thumping for a while, recent news and reports are adding more oomph to that... Read More

Budget Act Birthday

August 08, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Budget Act Birthday Shortly before resigning 40 years ago President Richard Nixon signed the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act, setting the... Read More

Drilling for Tax Gold

August 01, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Drilling for Tax Gold Congress, especially this Congress, can make even simple tasks look difficult, but by all accounts reforming the federal tax code is not... Read More

Van Halen Port Policy

Van Halen Port Policy Panama! Panama-ah-ah-ah! The lyrics from the eponymous Van Halen song from the 1980s could just as easily be the nation’s port policy –... Read More

Budgeting for Emergencies

July 18, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Budgeting for Emergencies Congressional wrangling over the President’s recent $4.3 billion supplemental emergency spending request should pique taxpayers'... Read More

The Unaffordable F-35