Posts Tagged ‘federal budget’

  • The US is again hitting its debt ceiling.

    If You Were the Supercommittee…

    Nov 21, 11 • 250 Views • No Comments

    This simulation from Pew is a great way to understand what the supercommittee is trying to do. Called “the Pew Budget Challenge,” it presents close to 100 revenue and expenditure alternatives for bringing the debt down to 60% of GDP by 2021. You...  [read more]

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    Averting Disasters

    Oct 3, 11 • 291 Views • No Comments

    Disaster spending is setting records this year. At 81, the number of tornadoes, earthquakes, snowstorms, hurricanes and wild fires is equal to the total for all of 2010 and more than each of the previous 3 years. Disaster spending almost created a disaster...  [read more]

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    Too Safe?

    Sep 13, 11 • 294 Views • No Comments

    Assume for a moment that you have to decide whether to install body scanners at every airport in the U.S. Knowing a decision to proceed will make everyone safer, you say, “Yes.” But, what if you first were told that there was a 1 in 3.5 million...  [read more]

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    Can We Afford to Change the US Postal Service?

    Sep 12, 11 • 303 Views • 1 Comment

    There are so many reasons not to change the US Postal Service. For tough to reach rural communities, post offices are conveniently located. For homebound elderly, 6-day dependable prescription delivery is crucial. USPS workers have been promised generous...  [read more]

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    Looking at the Debt Ceiling

    May 16, 11 • 205 Views • No Comments

    Today, at this moment, we might be hitting the debt ceiling. During the past 11 years, Congress has voted to raise the debt ceiling 10 times. In 2000, the ceiling was approximately $6 trillion; in 2011, it was just above $14 trillion. The whole story is here,...  [read more]