Posts Tagged ‘federal budget’

  • The Congress and the Deficit

    Big Bird’s Issues

    Oct 11, 12 • 436 Views • No Comments

    All the talk about Big Bird and federal funding is really about 2 much bigger issues. 1. Discretionary Spending With proposed spending in the Obama 2013 budget at 3.7 trillion dollars, a tiny proportion–between 1 and 2 percent, goes to the Corporation......  [read more]

  • Industries afflicted with Baumol's Disease have slower productivity growth.

    How Sick is Medicare?

    May 28, 12 • 474 Views • 1 Comment

    Perhaps it all began when President Lyndon Johnson called Wilbur Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. “Wilbur, I’ve just been looking through the polls here, and I’ve only got a few weaknesses, and the worst of them is that I’m not......  [read more]

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    Health Care Costs

    Mar 10, 12 • 460 Views • No Comments

    Looking forward to your daily Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino, you see that the calorie count sign says 500 calories. Change your mind? Most studies indicate that knowing a calorie count has little if any impact on purchasing decisions. Then, you stroll to......  [read more]

  • The Congress and the Fiscal Cliff

    A Clunker Stimulus?

    Feb 15, 12 • 580 Views • No Comments

    It would be so nice if we could say, “Yes, the 2009 stimulus was a good idea,” or “No, it was not.” Instead, the debate continues. Discussing his new book, journalist Michael Grabell tells us that we are unnecessarily dividing......  [read more]

  • The US is again hitting its debt ceiling.

    If You Were the Supercommittee…

    Nov 21, 11 • 384 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]