The Bad Policy of De Facto Amnesty
America / Immigration / Politics

The Bad Policy of De Facto Amnesty

In the past weeks U.S. Representative Steve King, a Republican from Iowa’s 4th district, has emerged as the leader of the anti-immigration reform coalition in the House. Cantaloupes and drug mules aside, King has become the face of conservative opposition to any proposed reform that includes a pathway to citizenship, or even legal status. King’s … Continue reading

What’s up with all the Obamacare Delays?
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Politics

What’s up with all the Obamacare Delays?

At first glance, the delay of the employer mandate seems like a complicated but innocuous change to the implementation of Obamacare. Many Democrats and backers of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been attempting to label it as a fairly minor provision since the mandate was put into place only for businesses with greater than … Continue reading

What’s Driving Growth in Spending on Means-Tested Programs
Fiscal policy

What’s Driving Growth in Spending on Means-Tested Programs

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released an interesting infographic depicting the growth since 1972 in spending on federal means-tested programs and tax credits, such as Medicaid, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp program). The expansion of such programs has been staggering: … Continue reading

Social Security: A Little Reform Today Might Solve a Big Problem Tomorrow
Debt / Economy / Fiscal policy / Taxes

Social Security: A Little Reform Today Might Solve a Big Problem Tomorrow

The CBO’s budget and economic outlook, released last week, looks bleak. And one of the drivers of future budget shortfalls? Social Security. During the Feb. 13th house budget hearing on CBO’s outlook, Rep. John Campbell (CA) asked Doug Elmendorf – CBO Director – if we were in a pickle with regards to the U.S. budget. … Continue reading