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Tag: Federal budget
  • Government Shutdown Strategy: When Right Opportunism beats Left Sectarianism

    The game of political negotiation is a labyrinth, a spectacle by which reputations are lost and won…and in some cases gridlocked. Usually, I’m a fan of gridlock, because I’m a fan of winding down the state.  I romanticize about the idea of a permanent government shutdown and the elevation of a free humanity based on …

  • Debt ceiling a product of false debate

    Too often left out of the conversation on why America has reached the debt ceiling in the first place is the fact that the government has been forking over trillions (thousands of billions) to the wealthiest people and corporations in the country:  Billions in subsidies for Exxon Mobil, Monsanto, and GE. Billions “missing” (embezzled) in …

  • Washington Speak

    As has become more and more apparent in recent months, only in Washington can you continue to spend more and pass it off as a budget cut. I don’t know about my fellow YAL members, but if I talked to my credit card company and told them that I couldn’t stop spending more than my …

  • Look! Good News Coming from Europe!

     As Europe continues its downward spiral into financial ruin, thanks in large part to the debts of nations like Greece, Spain, Ireland, and Portugal, it’s easy for an outside observer to look at Europe as a den of fiscal incompetence. Yet, amidst the wreckage, there is some some signs of fiscal sanity coming from Italy …

  • Budget Compromise Cuts a Minute $38.5 Billion

    This post does not reflect the views of any organization. It is strictly my own opinion. Near the stroke of midnight on Friday, House Republican leaders and the Obama administration agreed to a budget compromise to avert a government shutdown. Even though Democrats had full control of both chambers of Congress and the White House, …

  • 2011 Budget Pie Illustrated, Including Cuts (Crumbs)

  • The Republican Budget Will Harm the Economy

    Or so says Goldman Sachs in a newly issued report. The Republican’s measly $61 billion in cuts will cause a 1.5% to 2% decrease in economic growth according to Alec Phillips, a Goldman Sachs economist. Chuck Schumer (D-Wall Street) said of the report [emphasis mine]:  This nonpartisan study proves that the House Republicans’ proposal is …

  • Uncovered: The 15 Tax Hikes Hidden in Obama’s New Budget

    The President unveiled his budget for the United States government today, and it seems there are some hidden tax hikes buried in the massive budget. Here are the hidden increases: Raising the top marginal income tax rate (at which a majority of small business profits face taxation) from 35% to 39.6%. This is a $709 …

  • 2053

    That’s the number of nuclear weapons that have been set off so far, and the United States accounted for fully half of those.  Over $5 trillion has been spent to date on nuclear weapon development, testing and cleanup.  There isn’t a single federal budget item that is more entirely without merit than nuclear spending. Nuclear …

  • So … who pays for our government?

    A recent article on CNN Money shows that roughly 47% of households will owe NO federal income taxes this coming year, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Centre. Now, we here at Young Americans for Liberty know that the government can find more creative ways to steal the fruits of our labor through the magical …