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    Unsustainable Growth

    March 27, 2015

    Just before leaving for a two-week recess, the House passed a bill aimed at permanently solving a long-standing budget challenge. A failed... Read More

    Unsustainable Growth

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Broken Budget Promises

March 20, 2015 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Broken Budget Promises Budget battles are never pretty, particularly when the White House is in the hands of one political party and Congress is in the hands of... Read More

Thinking Positive on Tax Reform

March 13, 2015 | Budget & Tax , Energy

Thinking Positive on Tax Reform “We live in very partisan times.” So begins Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in a 340 page report his staff released... Read More

Continuing the Resolution to Waste

Continuing the Resolution to Waste With hours to go before a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security last Friday, Congress adopted a continuing resolution to extend... Read More

The Plane That’s Eating the Pentagon

February 27, 2015 |

You really want that sports car, or a Mercedes, or a vacation, or a big new house, or some other fancy but unreachable item, but in the end... Read More

High Risk for Waste

High Risk for Waste Alert! The Government Accountability Office – the nonpartisan watchdog arm of Congress – has released its “High Risk” report. The report... Read More

Farm Bill’s Phantom Savings

February 13, 2015 | Agriculture

Farm Bill’s Phantom Savings Repeatedly we warned lawmakers to not be fooled by farm bill apologists’ absurd claims that passing the nearly $1 trillion 2014 farm bill... Read More

Put a Fork In It - FutureGen Edition

February 06, 2015 | Energy

Put a Fork In It - FutureGen Edition Finally. This week, the Department of Energy pulled the plug on the massive clean coal project known as FutureGen. Though a day late and a... Read More

In Search of Fiscal Leadership

January 30, 2015 | Budget & Tax

In Search of Fiscal Leadership Monday the President’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 will be released. As usual, some of the details have leaked, including that the... Read More

Dividends of Doing It Differently

Dividends of Doing It Differently Reaction to the President’s State of the Union speech was swift and predictable. Democrats lauded his proposals while Republicans declared... Read More

The Fiscal State of the Union

The Fiscal State of the Union Article II of Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution directs that the President “… shall from time to time give to Congress information of the... Read More