• 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...

  • U.S. 1040 Individual Income Tax forms are seen in New York

    The Surprising History of the Standard Deduction

    By Sheila Weinberg

    Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt put his signature on what he heralded as “a realistic tax law—which will tax all unreasonable profits, both individual and corporate.”...

  • Month After Month, Our Politicians' Poor Financial Decision-Making Continues

    By Sheila Weinberg, The Fiscal Times

    With the first quarter of the year now behind us, let’s take a moment to remember just how rocky a start it was. The federal government entered the year with a whimper, as a shutdown paralyzed...

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    Sen. Mike Enzi: Senate Budget Is a First Step to Strengthen America’s Future

    By Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY)

    This week the Senate Budget Committee will consider a budget plan that will reduce deficits by half a trillion dollars over the next five years. The budget does not presume to solve all of our fiscal...

  • Unchecked Federal Spending Is Leading Us to Fiscal Calamity

    By Alison Acosta Winters

    President Trump cheered the strong economy in his State of the Union address and proposed big ideas from border security to curing cancer. What he did not mention was the deteriorating fiscal health...

  • 2. Farmers, Ranchers and Other Agricultural Managers

    The Farm Bill: Discretionary Spending We Could Do Without

    By Tracy C. Miller, The Fiscal Times

    In the days before Christmas, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, which the House and Senate had voted overwhelmingly to support. It authorizes $868 billion over the next 10 years for programs...

  • 40. West Virginia

    Why the Trump Administration Should Stop Propping Up Coal

    By Josh T. Smith and Camille Harmer

    On October 25, President Trump advanced Neil Chatterjee as the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) after Kevin McIntyre, the current chairman, stepped down due to health...

  • Why 35 States’ Financial Report Cards Fall Short

    By Sheila Weinberg

    When companies invite an outside auditor to review their records, it’s generally considered a reassuring signal to lenders and investors. There’s nothing like a stamp of approval from a trusted third...

  • Securing America’s Future Requires Political Courage Now

    By Russ Latino

    My son is five. He plays with Legos and digs old-school video games. My daughter is three. She likes dolls and is prone to uncontrollable giggling with no apparent provocation. Neither have much...