Posts Tagged ‘federal budget’

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    Deficit Denial

    Nov 16, 10 • 247 Views • No Comments

    According to 96% of the participants in a CBS News poll on the deficit, “We really don’t care.” Jobs were #1 and health care #2 with the deficit far behind. According to Washington Post reporter Ezra Klein, that is why “the...  [read more]

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    A Federal Workers Cost Cutting Contest

    Jul 10, 10 • 219 Views • No Comments

    Last year’s winning idea for the second annual federal worker’s cost cutting contest (SAVE) was from A Department of Veterans Affairs employee. Scheduled for the fiscal 2012 budget, the suggestion will save a projected $14.5 million by 2014 by...  [read more]

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    Deficits and the Tragedy of the Commons

    May 7, 10 • 234 Views • No Comments

    Pondering Greece, I wondered about the individual and the state.  Sometimes what is good for one person is bad for all.  That took me to a graphic of the federal budget in 2020 in which entitlements, which are good for individuals, are dominant. The...  [read more]

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    A VAT For Pretzels?

    Apr 18, 10 • 313 Views • No Comments

    The Senate just said “No” to a VAT. Disagreeing, Paul Volcker sort of said “Yes” when he observed that a VAT is “not as toxic an idea” as we once believed. Suddenly everyone seems to be talking about a VAT. Here...  [read more]

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    The Impact of an Asteroid

    Mar 6, 10 • 240 Views • No Comments

    From our “Economics is Everywhere” file:  Reviewing 20 years of research, a panel of 41 experts concluded that the asteroid that struck Mexico (at Chicxulub–chick-shoo-loob), 65 million years ago, extinguished the dinosaur...  [read more]