Opinion
  • Cut Red Tape to Help Rein in Federal Deficits

    By James Broughel and Jack Salmon

    The Budget and Economic Outlook report published late last month by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) should set off alarm bells, as it predicts trillion-dollar annual deficits for the...

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin  in New York City, U.S. November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

    Time’s Running Out for Government Financial Reports

    By Sheila Weinberg

    Fall is often described as a frenzied time in Washington, D.C. lore. After racing to spend any leftover appropriations before the start of a new budget calendar, federal number crunchers are now...

  • A $1 Trillion Deficit Is Bad. The Reality Is Much Worse.

    By Chuck Chokel

    President Trump’s signing of a two-year budget deal earlier this month may have averted the chances of another government shutdown before the 2020 election, but it certainly added to the exposure of...

  • The President and Congress Are Fiscal Swamp Monsters

    By Ivan Eland

    All the recent talk in the political media has been about ideological division and partisan rancor, yet the results when progressives and nationalists and Democrats and Republicans agree should also...

  • Congress Needs Some Fiscal Rules

    By Veronique de Rugy and Jack Salmon

    Approval ratings for Congress are slumming at 17%. This is nothing new. With the exception of a short-lived patriotic spike following 9/11, it has been going on for decades . Yet this already failing...