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Show Me the Money Continued…

Friday September 30th, 2011   •   Posted by Stephanie Freedman at 2:00pm PDT   •   2 Comments

It seems like the Solyndra debacle has not gotten Washington’s attention. Business Insider reports: SolarReserve is getting a $737 million loan guarantee which was announced Wednesday by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Coincidentally, the project which is risking $737 million to power 43K homes, is located in the Majority Leader’s home state of Nevada. Florida U.S….
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The Economic Playbook- What Works and What Doesn’t

Thursday September 29th, 2011   •   Posted by Stephanie Freedman at 12:16pm PDT   •   0 Comments

CEI recently wrote an article discussing a statement made by Former Obama OMB Director Peter Orszag: To fix it, (the economy) “We need ways around our politicians. The first would be to expand automatic stabilizers—those tax and spending provisions that automatically expand when the economy weakens, thereby cushioning the blow, and automatically contract as…
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Washington: Structurally Unsound

Tuesday September 27th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 5:51am PDT   •   0 Comments

The above video is of security camera footage during last month’s earthquake in Washington, DC. Details here. An apt metaphor for the current state of the United States fiscal situation!

The Federal Government Admits It Paid $600 Million to Dead People

Saturday September 24th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 3:51pm PDT   •   2 Comments

Sam Hananel at the Associated Press reports that despite knowing about the problem since 2005: The federal government has doled out more than $600 million in benefit payments to dead people over the past five years, a watchdog report says. Such payments are meant for retired or disabled federal workers, but sometimes the checks…
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Obama’s Latest Gimmick: “Operation Twist”

Thursday September 22nd, 2011   •   Posted by Stephanie Freedman at 11:47am PDT   •   1 Comment

The Federal Reserve announced the arrival of “Operation Twist”. The policy is just as shady as it sounds. What is “Operation Twist” you ask? NPR explains: The Fed has at its disposal one key tool: interest rates. So when Fed officials are worried about unemployment, they try to drive down interest rates, in an…
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Americans Say Federal Gov’t Wastes Over Half of Every Dollar

Wednesday September 21st, 2011   •   Posted by Stephanie Freedman at 3:01pm PDT   •   1 Comment

A new poll show that Americans believe that the government wastes half of what is spends. The current estimate of 51 cents wasted on the dollar is similar to what Gallup measured in 2009, but marks the first time Americans believe more than half of federal spending is wasted. The low point in the…
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Economic Freedom in Decline

Tuesday September 20th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 6:38am PDT   •   0 Comments

The O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom has just released the new, updated Economic Freedom of the World Index. Over the years, this study has consistently found that the nations that score higher on the index tend to be richer and grow faster, and their citizens face less poverty, live longer, get more…
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The Zero Deficit Line: 2012 Spending Edition

Monday September 19th, 2011   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:08am PDT   •   0 Comments

How much can typical Americans actually afford for the U.S. federal government to spend? And how does that compare with the amount of money that President Obama would really like to spend? Now that we have the median household income data for 2010, we can update our chart showing the relationship between the amount…
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U.S. Regulatory Tsunami Is Destroying Jobs

Sunday September 18th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 11:08am PDT   •   1 Comment

In his article, “New report cites ‘regulatory tsunami’ under Obama,” Byron York reports in the Washington Examiner that a new report from the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee reveals that instead of his claim to oppose job-killing regulations, President Barack Obama has radically expanded federal regulations, producing a “regulatory tsunami that has stifled…
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Don’t Blame Companies for the Hiring Freeze

Thursday September 15th, 2011   •   Posted by Stephanie Freedman at 10:15am PDT   •   0 Comments

John Stossel talks job creation today with Fox News: Hiring doesn’t come from new laws. It comes when government gets out of the way and leaves all of us with simple and predictable rules.Given time, an economy, unless crippled by government intervention, will regenerate itself. An economy is not a machine that needs jumpstarting. The…
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