Pork, Perspective and the Federal Budget

Pork-barrel spending has been a Washington tradition since, well, since back when people still bought pork products by the barrel. And to prove it, the new Congressional Pig Book is out from Citizens Against Government Waste.

Medicare and Social Security: No Change, No Good News, No Outrage

The good news from the Social Security and Medicare trustees is that things haven't gotten any worse. The bad news is that the situation was bad anyway.

The Best Budget Story that Doesn't Mention the Budget

The New York Times today has a story looking at the "other" health care issue in the presidental campaign: skyrocketing costs. Most of the debate in recent weeks has been over how to cover the uninsured, particularly in the Democratic race.

What They're Not Telling You

Andrew Taylor at the Associated Press earned his pay today with this story, "Costly Campaign Vows Face Reality Check." It's today's must-read budget story, for the simple reason that it states the facts the candidates won't tell you: the b

$3 Trillion and Counting

The media previews of the president's budget request seem to have been mostly right: President Bush is proposing a $3 trillion budget with a $400 billion deficit, along with cuts to Medicare and Medicaid to control costs and offset increases in

The Last Waltz

The Deficit, Reloaded

The federal deficit is on the rise again -- a projected $219 billion to $250 billion this year, compared to $163 billion in 2007, according to the latest numbers from the Congressional Budget Office.

Back to Earmarks

The New York Times reports today that President Bush will probably pass on a legal tactic that would drastically cut earmarks, but he will probably insist on better justification for the practice.


What Iowans May Not Know

It's all Iowa, all the time, on cable news today as the first real voting of the presidential primary season begins. Iowans will have survived months of listening to presidential candidates talk about what they'll do if elected.

Less Partisan Rhetoric, More Solutions – And Stat!

This following piece is being submitted to the Facing Up Blog Carnival on the $9 trillion national debt:

Like a ticking time bomb, the national debt is an explosion waiting to happen. It’s expanding by about $1.4 billion a day – or nearly $1 million a minute.

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