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Is The Sledgehammer The Only Way To Cut Spending?

Remember when the federal government “cut” a measly $37 billion in spending in 2011 and Obama hailed it as the “largest annual spending cut in our history”? Apparently even those cuts were full of accounting gimmicks, like counting money for … Continue reading

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Homeland Security Spending Sprees

When you give governments lots of money to spend, they usually find ways to spend it. This week we learned that the Department of Homeland Security is funding “microphone-enabled surveillance systems on public buses that would give them the ability … Continue reading

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Everyone’s A Rent-Seeker, Wind Edition

With all the discussion about the “fiscal cliff” and the big expiring tax cuts and all, some of the normal, smaller expiring things are getting lost in the shuffle… like, say, the $12 billion wind Production Tax Credit. Local St. … Continue reading

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In Which Republicans Continue To Impress Me

Rand Paul is filibustering the annual Defense Authorization Act to try to get a vote on his amendment to “give American citizens being held by the military rights to a fair trial.” Last year’s NDAA encoded “indefinite detention,” or the … Continue reading

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Running Out of Money to Help the Poor

Illinois Public Radio reports: More than 150,000 college students were left without financial help this spring when Illinois ran out of money for MAP Grants… …Illinois’ Monetary Assistance Program, or MAP, which provides financial aid grants to low-income students. The program … Continue reading

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Kicking The Student Loan Bill Can

While everyone was focused on the Obamacare ruling this week, the other branches of government worked out their disagreements and passed a giant bill yesterday for funding transportation and student loans, among other things. Before Obamacare reclaimed the headlines, we … Continue reading

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One Router to Service Them All

Once upon a time, the government decided to pass a giant stimulus. It had a noble goal of creating jobs, stimulating the economy, and upgrading necessary infrastructure all at the same time. But when the government starts handing out money, … Continue reading

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Current Level of Defense Measured in What?

I got a kind card in the mail yesterday from my House Representative Todd Akin, summarizing what he and Congress accomplished last year and asking me to fill out a brief questionnaire to record my opinions on a few political … Continue reading

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