Like it or Not, House Republicans Need to Pass Immigration Reform
Immigration / Politics

Like it or Not, House Republicans Need to Pass Immigration Reform

Think immigration reform is passing Congress anytime soon? Think again. While the Senate may approve the bill, immigration reform faces little chance of passage in the House. Republicans might say that the Senate bill is too loose on border control, or they might object to amnesty. But the real reason immigration will fail is that … Continue reading

Regulations: Another Front in the War Between the Branches
Economy / Regulation

Regulations: Another Front in the War Between the Branches

While politics and partisanship are the primary forces driving the discord in Washington today, it is power that will ultimately determine the outcome of such conflict. In our government, power is shared between branches, which in times of divided government like the present, essentially means shared between parties. With each side empowered to block the … Continue reading

A Secondary Crisis? The Process of Federal Disaster Relief
Regulation / U.S. Domestic Policy

A Secondary Crisis? The Process of Federal Disaster Relief

Government agencies like FEMA are rarely the object of public attention, but when a crisis comes, their actions and decisions have important implications for citizens’ welfare.  For government agencies to deliver effectively when the bright light of the national media is shining upon them, they must conduct careful planning when not under public scrutiny.  The … Continue reading

The Heritage Foundation’s Intellectual Dishonesty
Economy / Immigration

The Heritage Foundation’s Intellectual Dishonesty

With gun control stalled and budget negotiations on the back burner, all eyes have now turned to immigration reform. President Obama is seeking (and really needs) a large second term accomplishment to solidify and bolster his legacy.  Republicans, meanwhile, are trapped at the bottom of an electoral well staring up at 70% of Latinos and … Continue reading

The Sequester: A perplexity inside and outside Washington
America / Economy / Fiscal policy

The Sequester: A perplexity inside and outside Washington

And so we enter another manufactured financial crisis here in Washington. The U.S. government is on the precipice of implementing massive spending cuts to federal programs. Totaling $1.2 trillion over the next decade, these cuts, known as (cue the headline buzzword) the “sequester,” will cut nearly every federal program’s budget by 8.2%. Both the left … Continue reading

Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast the First Stone
America / Debt / Economy / Fiscal policy

Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast the First Stone

By Chris Hartline The American political system is broken.  Congress is broken.  Our representatives don’t represent us.  These are common refrains you hear particularly outside of Washington – though inside as well – and they possess some semblance of truth. The 112th Congress was the most unproductive Congress in 60 years and the 2nd year of … Continue reading

America / Economy / Fiscal policy / Gov. Officials / National Security / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

The Sequester

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2i8KZtQRTI&feature=g-upl

That crazy bill our politicians refuse to address. Featuring economic policy experts Joe Minarik and Doug Holtz-Eakin. A video by Peter G. Peterson Foundation Interns Ben Gitis of American Action Forum and Kathryn Tinker of Committee for Economic Development.

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Economy / Fiscal policy / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

The Sequester: Why Lawmakers Need to Act Now

Remember that debt limit fiasco last summer? Its repercussions still haunt us today. In order to motivate congress to come up with a cohesive debt reduction plan, the law passed to increase the debt limit stipulated that if the “super committee” failed to pass a plan by November 2011, across the board cuts (referred to … Continue reading

Economy / Politics

Tax and entitlement reform overshadowed by credit-taking, blame games, and job report

Following a jobs report released this morning showing the unemployment rate dropped from 8.5 to 8.3 percent last month, the President emphasized his plan to keep the economy growing at a fire station in Arlington, Virginia. “The economy is growing stronger. The recovery is speeding up. And we’ve got to do everything in our power … Continue reading