Posts Tagged ‘entitlements’

Inside a Bad Debt Deal


Tuesday October 27th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 10:15pm PDT   •   0 Comments

In 2011, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner realized the most significant achievement of his entire career in the U.S. Congress when he reached a deal with the White House to restrain the growth of U.S. government spending: the Budget Control Act of 2011. Here, using the leverage of the threat of not…
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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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Where’s the Cheese? The Geography of Government Transfers


Wednesday March 7th, 2012   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 4:51am PST   •   6 Comments

A few weeks ago, the New York Times posted a nice info-graphic on the dispersion of government transfers over time. The report show that American’s income that comes from government transfer programs has more than doubled over the last 40 years, rising from 8 percent in 1969 to 18 percent in 2009. The info-graphic…
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A Fresh Perspective for Occupy Wall Street


Sunday October 16th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 9:32am PDT   •   6 Comments

The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are lackluster at best. One troublesome aspect of the whole “movement” concerns the poor economic logic underlying their causes. The occupiers are targeting the wrong enemy when they claim corporate greed and income inequality caused by capitalism is generating the problems in Washington. These claims have been propagated by…
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Gary Becker: The Great Recession and Government Failure


Friday September 2nd, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 8:45am PDT   •   1 Comment

Gary Becker, University of Chicago Nobel Laureate in economics, has a must read article in today’s Wall Street Journal. The article echos much of what we here at MGC have been arguing – government failure as a cause of the recession, failure of stimulus and monetary policy to boost economic recovery, the necessity of…
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Should Congress Raise the Debt Ceiling? Weigh In!


Thursday July 14th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 9:18am PDT   •   10 Comments

Freakonomics reports yesterday that a new poll from the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post shows more people see raising the debt limit as a bigger risk than not raising it. Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner conduct their own poll. Weigh in here! As Ezra Klein reports on the development of the Capitol…
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A Secret Debt Reduction Blueprint


Saturday July 9th, 2011   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 11:21am PDT   •   1 Comment

Despite not having taken any action to pass an annual budget for the United States government of any kind for almost two and a quarter years, it appears that the current majority Democratic Party in the Senate may finally have developed a blueprint for the federal budget, one that even promises to reduce the…
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Is Social Security a Good Deal? Antony Davies Answers


Monday May 16th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 8:41am PDT   •   5 Comments

Social Security “Trust Fund” Deficits to Add $5 Trillion to U.S. Debt


Sunday May 15th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 9:39am PDT   •   3 Comments

Jed Graham in Investor’s Business Daily reports that a new study of the financial condition of Social Security and Medicare indicate that with baby boomer retirements, rising health costs, and the ongoing economic malaise, these federal entitlement programs are producing massive deficits in perpetuity unless major changes are made to cut these unsustainable liabilities….
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Jeff Miron’s Advice: Cut Federal Entitlement Spending!


Thursday May 5th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 7:51am PDT   •   12 Comments

In the following video, Independent Institute Research Fellow Jeffery Miron discusses why federal entitlement spending (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security) is growing to unprecedented levels and must be cut and cut and cut some more if the U.S.’s fiscal spending and debt crisis is to be resolved. HT: Mike Munger

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