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Friday, February 23, 2018

The Redundant Left

Increasingly, especially at the federal level, the political discourse is becoming more and more unison on government spending. The recent budget deal, labeled a "monstrosity" even by some in Congress, is a clear example of a solidifying uniformity. Of even more concern is the growing support on the right for paid family leave, a new entitlement that could easily balloon the annual federal budget by hundreds of billions of dollars.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Liberty Solutions: Protect the Defense Budget

I published this essay last spring on an earlier version of this blog. This blog introduces a reform that would lift defense spending out of the traditional Congressional budget process and protect it from ideological short-sightedness. 

Liberty Solutions: Family Savings Accounts

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned Tuesday that the national debt has become a danger to national security
See, I told you so. If Congress does not get its budget deficit under control, they will destabilize our economy and jeopardize their own ability to fund the military.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Paid Leave Will Speed Up Social Security Crash

Thanks to the paid-leave idea developed by the Independent Women's Forum (IWF), the debate over this new entitlement is heating up. So far, though, it has not been placed in the fiscal context where it belongs. That fiscal context, of course, is the federal budget in general and, specifically, the finances of the Social Security system, to which the IWF program would be added.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Damn the Deficits: Entitlements Advance!

And so, it happened again. A conservative think tank has succumbed to the lure of the egalitarian welfare state. This time it is the Independent Women's Forum that has thrown its weight and clout behind the idea of a federal paid family leave program. Their contribution - which adds to a plethora of more or less radical proposals - skillfully combines the two most problematic features of the paid family leave idea.