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by Rep. Tom McClintock, R-CA

Imagine a family that earns $50,000 a year but is spending more than $88,000 with a credit card balance of $330,000.  The discussions around the kitchen table are likely to be a little tense.

Proportionally, that’s where Washington’s finances are today, and that’s why the national discussion is a little tense, too.

Even these figures belie the magnitude of the fiscal crisis.  Shutting down the entire federal government and … Read the Rest of this Post

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by Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

Being a congressman can be a great job. It can be attractive for someone who relishes the ersatz virtue of playing Santa Claus with other people’s money, who finds a year-round routine of fund-raising social events enjoyable, and who covets receiving one of the most generous pensions on the planet. It can also be a great challenge for someone who didn’t pursue the job for those purposes.

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by Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

The trustees of the Medicare system recently reported that the program will go broke in the year 2024—five years sooner than was projected just last year.

The millions of Americans who have been counting on Medicare to be a reliable, stable guarantor of affordable health care in their senior years should be asking themselves, “Who is responsible for this predicament?” The short answer is “lots of people,” but let’s start … Read the Rest of this Post

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by Ben Johnson

As the nation digests Barack Obama’s plan to ride a tax hike to re-election, one phrase from yesterday’s budget speech confirms what this author has long stated: the president is fundamentally an anti-American Messianic figure who believes he was sent to save our nation from itself and its Founders. Speaking a line that was written in advance, approved by multiple layers of handlers and advisers, and spoken with relish, the president … Read the Rest of this Post

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by Susan Stamper Brown

If we really care about our children’s future, now is the time for Americans on both sides of the aisle to cast aside their political aspirations long enough to carry on an adult conversation about debt reduction and spending cuts.

Now is also the time to remind ourselves why Washington is still discussing the 2011 budget this late in the year. We are here today because Democrats, controlling all three branches … Read the Rest of this Post

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