Tagged: spending

Can a small target be easier to hit?

One of the occasional frustrations of debating policy is that it can be difficult to convey your views concisely and precisely. In the case of libertarianism one difficulty is defining exactly what you mean...

First Quarter 2012 GDP At 2.2%

News on the economy today and it’s looking increasingly like the happy surprises which characterized the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012 were  aberrations.

Why Are These Two Things Different?

At Rortybomb (which has migrated to Next New Deal), Mike Konczal takes arguments against lower rates on student loans to task. My only question is this: Are taxes owed to the U.S. government a kind...

Eating Peas

Fellow Ordinaries Elias Isquith and Mike Dwyer have fired the opening shots in our discussion about the latest budget proposal from that fiscal firebrand from Janesville, Paul Ryan, and Tod Kelly (who has just been...

A Better Way To Do Campaign Finance Reform

~by Dan Miller Elias wrote a great post about campaign finance reform, and I think it raised some important issues.  But I think this discussion–like most discussions of campaign finance–missed a key point.  Many people believe...

Waste and Abuse

So, we’ve just narrowly averted – do we avert things in any other way? – we’ve just narrowly averted yet another government shutdown. I can’t help but feel that the magic is gone, and...

Cutting Jobs Instead of Bombs

I don’t understand our political leaders. They’re so interested in cutting spending on healthcare and retirement – even the Democratic president is eager to start hacking away at entitlements – yet almost none of...

Immigration, Inequality and Pie

Tim Lee has an excellent response up to this post by NRO’s Daniel Foster, who writes: Punishing a minor by removing him from the culture he’s adopted as his own, for the crimes of...

The Price of Loyalty

Brad DeLong calls The Economist’s profile of Mitch Daniels, “A beat sweetener so sweet as to send us all into hyperglycemic collapse.” He continues: When Mitch Daniels was in a position of power and...

The Five Horsemen of the Federal Budget

“Let’s put this simply. 80% of the budget falls into five categories: Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, Defense, Veteran’s Benefits, and Interest on the Debt. EIGHTY PERCENT. So if you don’t tell me what you’re going...