Author Archive: Randall Holcombe

Federal Government Debt Undermines the Programs It Finances


Wednesday January 23rd, 2013   •   Posted by Randall Holcombe at 9:08am PST   •   1 Comment

Just looking at the rate at which the federal government’s debt is growing is unnerving. If you’re brave, you can look here. The table shows federal debt on September 30 of each year, the end of the federal government’s fiscal year. The numbers almost speak for themselves. About 37.6% of that debt was accumulated...
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A Value Added Tax Will Not Reduce the Deficit!


Thursday November 18th, 2010   •   Posted by Randall Holcombe at 9:41pm PST   •   0 Comments

Politicians have been advocating a value added tax (VAT) for decades, and with the huge projected federal deficits interest in a VAT seems to be increasing lately. Last Spring Paul Volker was suggesting one, and David Theroux recently noted in his blog Paul Krugman’s support. Alice Rivlin and Pete Domenici suggest a 6.5% “debt...
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U.S. Begins Yet Another Fiscal Year Without a Budget


Monday October 4th, 2010   •   Posted by Randall Holcombe at 3:49am PST   •   1 Comment

October 1 is the beginning of the federal government’s 2011 fiscal year. Congress has not passed a budget, and it appears likely that one won’t be passed until January. The government that wants to take over and run your health care (and other aspects of your life) can’t even pass its own budget. One...
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