The Fine Line Between Mending and Meddling
America / Economy / Foreign Policy / Middle East

The Fine Line Between Mending and Meddling

The United States is the largest giver of foreign aid in the world, providing $49.5 billion in economic and military assistance in 2011. Clearly, charity is one of our strong suits. But with the slow economic recovery, and approximately $12 trillion in national debt, the fact is that we cannot afford to keep this up. … 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

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 / Energy / Fiscal policy / U.S. Domestic Policy

The High-Speed Rail Boondoggle

In January 2009, then president-elect, Barack Obama, rode into Washington, DC on an Amtrak train.  His, pre-inaugural, one-day trip was a symbolic nod to Lincoln’s similar journey, some years ago.  Exactly one month later, now, President Obama signed in-to-law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  The ARRA, among other things, provided $8 billion towards … Continue reading

Economy / Fiscal policy / Politics

Trim the fat! Just not my fat

By Will Portman According to a recent Gallup poll, 76% of Americans think that most members of Congress don’t deserve to be re-elected. The same poll, however, showed that a majority of Americans, 53%, think that their representative does deserve to be re-elected. The mentality seems to be something along the lines of, “Throw the bums out! Just not … Continue reading