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    Western Welfare Queens

    April 18, 2014

    Americans often look at the men and women who earn their living off the land in the west as rugged individualists. That may be true, but... Read More

    Western Welfare Queens

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What’s Your Tax Rate?

April 11, 2014 | Budget & Tax

What’s Your Tax Rate? Seeing as April 15th is right around the corner, we’ll keep the tax reform ball rolling this week. As promised, Ways and Means Committee... Read More

Cuts! Just Kidding

April 04, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Cuts! Just Kidding Just a couple of days ago Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) released his new and improved tax extenders package that... Read More

Ship of Fools

March 28, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Ship of Fools It’s not even April Fool’s day yet and Congress is already pulling a fast one on taxpayers. A fast two, in fact. First, Congress is... Read More

Ending the Long March of Madness

March 21, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Ending the Long March of Madness While madness sweeps the nation, things are fairly quiet here in Washington. The nation’s capital sent George Washington and American... Read More

Pocketful of Promises

Pocketful of Promises No matter how hard lawmakers try to close their eyes, click their heels, and hope for the best, there are no magic wands. But that... Read More

Doorstop budgeting

March 07, 2014 |

Doorstop budgeting Volume XIX No. 10 The President’s $3.9 trillion budget request for fiscal year 2015 came out on Tuesday. Like most presidential... Read More

Breaking Budget Promises

February 28, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Breaking Budget Promises Volume XIX No. 9 What a difference two months makes. In December, House and Senate Budget Committee Chairs Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Patty... Read More

Tax Reform: Whimper or Roar?

February 21, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Tax Reform: Whimper or Roar? Volume XIX No. 8 In recent years, must-pass legislation moving quickly through Congress was often carrying a fiscal parasite, the... Read More

Sweetheart Deals

Sweetheart Deals It’s Valentine’s Day, and the thoughts of a young farmer, shipbuilder, rural airport operator, or coal miner may turn, not to thoughts of... Read More

Sacred Cows Come Home to Roost

February 07, 2014 | Agriculture , Budget & Tax

Sacred Cows Come Home to Roost The President’s signing of the farm bill today marks a monumental defeat for taxpayers and victory for the old Washington spending bulls.... Read More