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The Economic Follies of Extending Unemployment Insurance

December 10, 2013 J

By Casey Given In an interesting twist to Congress’ ongoing budget negotiations for the 2014 fiscal year, President Obama called on Capitol Hill last Saturday to extend federal unemployment insurance (UI) benefits set to expire January 1st. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi went so far as to call for no budget deal without unemployment benefits [...]

No Empty Promises

December 10, 2013

The new budget agreement in Congress is another trillion-dollar backdoor deal that will increase government spending. If passed, this new increase will break Congress’ prior promise to cap spending at $967 billion, which was in the bipartisan supported Budget Control Act, or BCA. Government spending is out of control. The risky fiscal policies of our [...]

“Derail this Gravy Train”

December 09, 2013 J

At the start of his presidency, President Obama laid out a grand plan to construct a high-speed rail network throughout the country. Needless to say, this project would cost billions and billions of taxpayer dollars – seldom a concern for the Obama administration. But passenger rail is a poor investment for government. It is inefficient, serves a minuscule portion of the population, and leaves taxpayers on the hook.

What PISA Tells Us About American Education Reform

December 06, 2013 J

By Casey Given On Monday, test scores for the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) were released to great disappointment by the American education community. Operated by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), PISA is an international standardized test taken every three years by a random selection of 510,000 15-year-olds to compare [...]

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