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Big Government and Income Inequality

Posted on Jan. 20, 14 | 03:33 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Federal Budget
Economist David Malpass offers a good rebuttal to Democrats who are trying (yet again) to exploit income inequality this election year:

Conservatives need to champion economic growth as Reagan did, but they also need to make a more forceful connection between the government's centralization of power and income inequality.
 
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Rep. Jim Jordan Discusses a Renewal of Welfare Reform with John Stossel

Posted on Oct. 16, 12 | 01:02 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Federal Budget
 
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Conservatives Should be Unpleasantly Surprised by the Ryan Budget

Posted on Mar. 27, 12 | 08:37 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Federal Budget
Writing for the New York Sun, Ira Stoll outlines several reasons why conservatives should be "unpleasantly surprised" by the Ryan Budget.

Conservatives who oppose raising the debt limit...yet again...should take particular note in this excerpt:

[I]t doesn’t reduce the national debt. Mr. Ryan’s figures show the national debt held by the public growing to $15 trillion in 2022, up from about $11 trillion this year.

It's one thing if raising the debt limit was conditioned on passing a balanced budget, but the Ryan plan doesn't even do that.

Stoll's piece is worth reading, but even he doesn't mention the fact that the Ryan budget breaks the debt deal from last year.  As we said before, this is no longer a fiscal issue, it's a credibility issue.  Republicans of all stripes are glossing over that fact.

And that's a shame.
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Rep. Garrett: When Does Obama's Budget Balance?

Posted on Feb. 15, 12 | 03:33 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Federal Budget

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Sam's Big Government Backpack

Posted on Feb. 02, 12 | 02:05 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Federal Budget

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DEBT LIMIT - A GUIDE TO AMERICAN FEDERAL DEBT MADE EASY.

Posted on Jan. 09, 12 | 01:34 PM by Andrew Sullivan | Topic: Federal Budget

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Congress Passes Bloated "Minibus" Bill

Posted on Nov. 18, 11 | 08:08 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Federal Budget
Last night, Congress passed a "minibus" spending bill, which is essentially a portion of the overall federal budget.  Republicans hardly put up a fight, even though the bill spends a ton of money and increased the power of the government to subsidize the housing market.  Here's what Tom Coburn had to say about it:

"I don't think the American people know how badly they have been hoodwinked by the Congress," said Coburn, prior to the vote. "This bill should be defeated...we are running out of money."

If you want to know how your Senators and Representative voted on this bill, click on these links:  SenateHouse

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Sen. Pat Toomey on Fox News Sunday

Posted on Nov. 14, 11 | 09:03 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Federal Budget

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Sen. Pat Toomey Questions CBO Director Doug Elmendorf

Posted on Oct. 28, 11 | 12:30 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Federal Budget

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Hey UAW: How about paying back the $15 billion first?

Posted on Sep. 22, 11 | 03:36 PM by David Keating | Topic: Federal Budget
Mickey Kaus asks a great question about the UAW's new agreement with GM and makes some great observations:

I’m sure there are sophisticated arguments for why the UAW members shouldn’t pay back the taxpayers who bailed their employer out of bankruptcy before they negotiate a deal that gives them each a $5,000 bonus. I just can’t think of them right now. … Just from a PR standpoint, repaying the debt would seem like a good idea. …
 
It’s one thing to give workers power to negotiate above-market wages through collective bargaining–hey, let them squeeze the bosses for all the bosses can bear. It’s another thing when they squeeze more than the bosses can bear, the bosses go broke, and ordinary citizens, many poorer than UAW members, have to make up the difference.  After that, why let the UAW continue to extract Wagner Act wages as if nothing happened?

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Club Letter to Speaker Boehner: Pass the Amash BBA

Posted on Sep. 21, 11 | 01:41 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Federal Budget

Everyone,

Earlier today, the Club for Growth sent the following letter to Speaker John Boehner, asking him to put the Amash BBA on the House floor for consideration, as part of the debt limit deal, and to urge its support.

Here is a PDF version of the letter.

 


 

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker of the House
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

September 21, 2011

Dear Mr. Speaker:

The Budget Control Act of 2011 requires the House and Senate to vote "on passage of a joint resolution proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution" sometime between October 1 and December 31.

This presents Congress with a historic opportunity to send such an amendment to the States for ratification.

Rep. Justin Amash and 28 other representatives have sponsored a version of the amendment (H.J.Res. 73) that has enormous potential to create a consensus that appeals to both parties and a broad range of ideological views. This proposed amendment already has sponsors from a broad ideological spectrum in both parties. Such a consensus would greatly improve the possibility of passage by Congress and ratification by the States.

H.J.Res. 73 would balance the budget over the business cycle. It limits debt by specifying that outlays could not exceed the average revenue of the prior three years, adjusted for growth in population and inflation. It allows for debt beyond the limit in emergencies of any kind if approved by a large supermajority of Congress and the president. The proposal would phase out the deficit over a ten-year period after the amendment is ratified.

This amendment has unique features that appeal to both liberals and conservatives who support constitutional limits on debt. Liberals will appreciate its built-in countercyclical features and that it does not attempt to specify that government should be a certain size. Conservatives will appreciate that the amendment is far less reliant on estimates than other balanced budget amendment proposals and provides incentives for pro-growth policies such as predictable tax and debt burdens and low inflation. Its language is simple and consistent with the principles enumerated by the U.S. Constitution.

Economists Carmen Reinhart of the University of Maryland and Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard looked at debt levels and economic growth during the last 200 years in 44 countries. They concluded "Our main finding is that across both advanced countries and emerging markets, high debt/GDP levels (90 percent and above) are associated with notably lower growth outcomes."

Our debt levels will soon soar well past those levels. Congress is institutionally incapable of balancing the budget on a regular basis - the books have been balanced just five times in the last 50 years. A key reason is because special interest groups fight hard to protect spending that benefits their constituencies, yet any savings from a cut is spread over 300 million citizens. This creates unequal pressure for more and more spending and debt, far beyond what the nation can afford. Without constitutional limits on debt, special interest politics will literally send us to the poorhouse. H.J. Res. 73 is well suited to countering this institutional bias for excessive debt.

If the leadership plans to comply with the Budget Control Act through scheduling a vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment without a tax and spending limit, then it should support passage of H.J.Res. 73 by the House of Representatives.

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