Young Adults Don’t Think Social Security Will Be Around When They Retire…They’re Probably Right

Politicians speak a great deal about income taxes, and corporate taxes, and death taxes, and sales taxes, and any other type of taxes you can think of. And for good reason. It’s the money we earn by selling goods or services that other people want that is taken by the federal government to do what…
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Medicaid and Medicare: 50 Years of Budget Busting

This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, the crown jewels of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society.” Unfortunately, the programs’ real legacy is their cost, which is enough to make the real Crown Jewels look like a bunch of cubic zirconia set in fool’s gold. There is no doubt that Medicare, which provides…
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Republicans See the First Entitlement Reform in Decades Over the Finish Line

There is a lot wrong with Washington. Of that there can be no doubt. But there is a good case to be made that there is more wrong with the press entrusted to cover our nation’s capital. The perfect example (which in this case means the worst example) came last week when Congress passed one…
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Tax Day Was Awful, And It’s On Track to Get Worse

Most people absolutely dread April 15. Not only is it an utter hassle to figure out an increasingly complex tax code, it’s a painful reminder of how big the federal government has become. There’s also a decreasing belief among Americans that the amount they pay in income taxes is fair. Gallup writes: “The slight increase…
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Democrats Can’t Run from Obamacare’s Medicare Cuts…But They’re Trying

One of Democrats favorite election year tactics is to gin up some good old fashioned “Mediscare” – by wrongly trying to convince voters that Republicans are out to end Medicare. The tired argument grew so loud and obnoxious that PolitiFact even dubbed it their “Lie of the Year” for 2011. “Kathleen Hall Jamieson, an expert…
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When it Comes to Entitlements the Kids are Not Alright

Let’s play a little game of word association. I say a politically-related program or person and you say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? Federal government. How about “inept”? Barack Obama. Maybe, “overwhelmed”? Entitlements. Definitely, “broken”? As to the last word there is should be no question. The latest annual reports from the…
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Trustees’ Report: Medicare and Social Security Trust Funds Will Run Out by 2026

The Medicare Board of Trustees have released their annual report updating the status of Social Security and Medicare, the nation’s largest entitlement programs. The good news? It’s the most hopeful document the Trustees have released in years. Due to Obama’s cuts to Medicare and slowing growth in health care costs, Medicare’s trust fund is expected…
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A Day in the Life of an Entitlement Reformer

Finally, a liberal writer understands what it’s like to walk in a conservative’s shoes. Ezra Klein, the often thoughtful, generally wrong left-wing whiz kid for the Washington Post wrote a editorial entitled “The best reason to worry about the deficit.” In it Klein argued that the 1990s-era argument that deficits are bad because they crowded…
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Barack Obama: “We Don’t Have a Spending Problem”

In fiscal year 2000 the federal government spent $1.77 trillion. In 2010 it more than doubled to $3.46 trillion. Nearly every facet of government has grown out of control in recent years. Discretionary spending has shot up an inflation-adjusted 56 percent since 2001. Medicare has increased 76 percent. And the ominous “other” category has gone…
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