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Obama's Budget Drowns Younger Generation in Red Ink

If America needed more proof that President Obama just doesn’t care what you think anymore, just take a look at his most recent budget. On the heels of his last overwhelming flop of a budget, which was so far to the left that not a single Democrat in the Senate could bring themselves to vote for it, Obama has offered up more of the same. More taxes, more spending, and more deficits. The president’s budget stands in stark contrast to the promises he made at the beginning of his term. “We cannot and will not sustain deficits like these without…

Explanation for Youth's Unshakable Optimism Lies in Self-Confidence, Not Washington

With yet another successful CPAC in the rearview mirror, I’m reminded of one of the best speeches I ever heard. It was Indiana governor Mitch Daniels speaking at last year’s CPAC about the enormous problems facing this nation, but moreso a rallying cry for young adults to grab the reins. He called it a “generational assignment” or, if you’re into puns our “raison d’ebt.” It was an encouragement to not accept the government we had been given, complete with its unsustainable spending habits, but instead to create a lean and dynamic system capable of fostering a new, private sector-based prosperity….

The Government Hard-Drive Needs Defragging

I recently had to break down and buy a new laptop. It’s not that my old one was completely broken. In fact, at only four years old there’s still quite a bit of life left in the tank. But after three years of pretty rigorous use it just wasn’t as fast as it used to be. Years of downloads, uploads, updates, and new programs my computer’s hard drive is so bogged down with junk that it was time for a new one. In a way, my old computer is much like the current state of our federal government. It has…

Another One Bites the Dust – Obama's Green-Energy Gambles Still Not Paying Off

Earlier this week the nation celebrated what would have been Ronald Reagan’s 101st birthday. It reminded me of one of my favorite quotes of his, “The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” Those all still hold true. Sadly, Democrats in Washington have tacked on another tenet to the government’s invasion into the economic realm: subsidize it until it starts moving. Green energy companies are the latest example of Washington’s attempt to make an unprofitable…

Harry Reid: "No Need to Have a Democratic Budget"

It has now been more than 1,000 days since Congressional Democrats have passed a budget. According to the Congressional Research Service the last time that the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a budget was April 29, 2009. It’s not as if this is just some fun talking point that we bring up to assail Democrats; passing a budget is one of the most fundamental roles of Congress. Article I, Section 9, clause 7 of the Constitution says that, “No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by law; and a regular Statement and account of Receipts…

Democrats' Extreme Legislative Agenda Pushing Out Party Moderates

Democrats are back on the attack. Just a year after a voter backlash over their spending habits caused them to lose the House and their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, Democrats are hoping Americans have forgotten about the deficit. Brian Beutler reports: “Senate Democrats are preparing an aggressive legislative agenda . . The push is premised on the nation that the country has turned the corner on the fights over deficits and the size of government, and that keeping issues of equity and opportunity for the middle class at the center of the national debate will redound to Democrats’ political…

Federal Workers Bringing Home the Bacon in Pork-Filled Washington

Having enormous amounts of money and no profit motive can often lead to fairly silly outcomes. Bruce Wayne dressed up like a bat and fought criminals, Scrooge McDuck spent most of his time doing the backstroke through his piles of gold, and Richie Rich’s family decided to carve their faces on a mountain a la Mount Rushmore. Alright, so all of those are happen to be cartoon characters, but the same formula still applies – exorbitant amounts of money + few accountability mechanisms = massive amounts of waste. The federal government is perhaps the worst offender of this maxim. It…

CBO Report Shows Obama Racks Up Yet Another Trillion Dollar Deficit

Today the Congressional Budget Office released its annual “baseline” budget projections. The good news is that the deficit is projected to fall to the lowest it has been since the beginning of the so-called “Great Recession.” The bad news is that number is still $1.1 trillion – making it higher than any deficit between 1947 and 2008. The estimate pretty much put the final nail in the coffin for President Obama’s “pledge to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office.” Yea, he said that. We can’t fully explain it, but the two best…

More Phony Savings and Gimmicks in Democrats' "Doc Fix" Plan

Newt Gingrich may be grabbing headlines for his plan to build a lunar colony, but earlier this year another Republican had an even more ambitious plan – to cover the moon in yogurt. Of course he wasn’t serious, indeed the entire point of the exercise was to demonstrate how fundamentally unserious Congressional Democrats are about solving our looming budget crisis. The analogy uncovered, through the use of an awesome analogy, the unsound logic behind using war “savings” as an offset for greater spending. “We assume we’re going to be fighting this war for 10 more years, with over 100,00 troops…

Obama Doing His Best to Ignore Health Care, Republicans Doing Their Best to Fix It

At its core the State of the Union preceding a contested presidential election is as much a campaign speech as a statement of policy. It was of little surprise then that President Obama kicked it off with one of the few achievements that just about every voter, regardless of political philosophy, can agree was a success – the death of Osama bin Laden. It’s also little surprise that Obama did his best to hide his weaknesses, namely Obamacare. Yes, what was once supposed to be the bill that carried him to new heights of political power now threatens to drag…