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Articles About fiscal policy
May 31, 2015
Can We Prevent a National Retirement Disaster?
Social Security is expected to be depleted of its funds by 2033, unless major changes are made. But many proposals include tax hikes or unsavory benefits cuts.
May 21, 2015
Does Sending People to Jail Lower Crime Rates?
A recent study on incarceration rates across the country reveal that locking more people up doesn't lower the crime rate.
April 25, 2015
No, Social Security Isn’t in Danger
Though many Americans are worried about the solvency of the Social Security benefits, there's not as much reason to be concerned. Here's why.
April 06, 2015
What Americans Hate the Most About Taxes
Americans are upset because they think corporations and wealthy people aren’t shouldering their fair share of the tax burden.
March 23, 2015
What Are America’s Prisons Costing Taxpayers?
America's mass incarceration problem is costly in terms of both tax dollars and societal repercussions.
February 20, 2015
Obama’s 3 Strikes Against Big Business
In his latest budget proposals, President Obama once again took on large corporations by including proposals to tax their foreign earnings.
January 24, 2015
How Much Are We Really Paying for Cheap Gas?
The U.S. is abuzz with enthusiasm regarding how low gasoline prices have fallen. The problem is that gas shouldn't be inexpensive in the first place.
December 07, 2014
Here’s a Guide to the United States’ Current Fiscal Mess
Standing in the way of compromise on government spending between congressional Democrats and Republicans is the issue of immigration reform.
November 26, 2014
How Much Would You Pay to Fix Broken U.S. Infrastructure?
The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that the United States has an infrastructure funding gap of $201 billion per year.
November 14, 2014
Here’s Why We Can’t Solve The Immigration Issue
As the White House so neatly summed it up, "America’s immigration system is broken," but there's no agreement on how to fix it.
October 28, 2014
Why You Should Question What the Government Says About the Economy
Isn’t odd that the government’s economic growth number keeps climbing with each revision? You don’t think there is a political component to this, do you?
October 25, 2014
How U.S. Tax Policy Gives Way Too Much Money to the Wrong People
The U.S. government has an outrageous spending problem, and apparently, it can't stop giving money away.
September 05, 2014
3 Reasons Politicians Keep Getting Economic Policy Wrong
There always seem to be terrible decisions made at high levels regarding the economy. Why is that, and what can be changed?
August 12, 2014
Can the Government Help End Outrageous Wealth Inequality In the U.S.?
The wealth gap is as big as ever, and the government might actually be able to do something about it.
July 17, 2014
5 Important Questions Janet Yellen Faced During Testimony
The Federal Reserve released its bi-annual report this week, and Chair Janet Yellen faced many questions. Here are 5 of the most important.
April 15, 2014
What Did Obama’s Tax Bill Do for the U.S. Deficit?
Let's take a look at President Obama's 2013 taxes and wage, as well as at how other high-income earners have decreased the federal deficit.
April 14, 2014
Did the Obama Administration Approach the Jobs Recovery Wrong?
Key to the current unemployment situation is the discouragement of job seekers, poor work incentives created by government policies, the growth of federal disability programs, and the inadequacies of schooling and training.
April 13, 2014
This is How Washington, D.C. Spends Your Tax Dollars
A new study shows how that tax dollar you sent in this year gets divided up.
March 13, 2014
Corporate Taxes, Taxes, and More Damn Taxes, and None of Them Work
Major multinational corporations are taking advantage of the tax system not just in the U.S. but abroad, and the result is bad for the economy.
March 13, 2014
There’s a Big Difference Between a Rally and a Recovery
There's simply no room for the frenetic chaos and vagaries of the U.S. stock market in the lives of many Americans.
February 28, 2014
Fed Speak, The Taper, and Why Everyone Should Just Chill Out
The Fed has nothing new to say about monetary policy, and hasn't had anything new to say about it for a while.
February 22, 2014
10 States With the Highest Average Income Tax Refund
Whatever you use your refund for and however you feel about extending an interest-free loan to Uncle Sam, it's worth knowing what the landscape looks like.
February 21, 2014
Obama’s Budget: Can Fiscal Reform Cross the Political Divide?
News broke Thursday that the 2015 budget won't include a controversial edit to the way cost-of-living adjustments are calculated for Social Security.
February 13, 2014
Debt Ceiling Deal Sets Tone for 2014 Elections
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 221-201 to suspend the nation's statutory spending limit for a year with no strings attached.
January 25, 2014
Boehner: There’s Not as Much Common Ground as There Used to Be
Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner appeared on the 'Tonight Show' with Jay Leno, and shared his thoughts on our divided Congress.
January 22, 2014
Christine Lagarde: Global Economic Growth Is Still Below Potential
The World Economic Forum is underway in Davos, Switzerland, and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde has some thoughts about the global economic outlook.
January 21, 2014
Fed President Williams: Stimulus Program ‘Potent But Blunt’
Williams paper examines the strategy as a whole, saying that quantitative easing has too many unpredictable effects.
January 15, 2014
What’s to Be Done About State Budget Issues?
A nation as large as the United States is bound to have steep expenses, and things like pensions and healthcare add up quickly.
January 14, 2014
Federal Budget Deficit Narrows With Record December Surplus
The U.S. Treasury reported on Monday that the federal government actually managed to run a budget surplus in December.
January 14, 2014
Lockhart on Taper: So Far, So Good
Fed President, Dennis Lockhart, is in favor of a continued decrease in quantitative easing barring something unexpected.