Social Security

America’s Entitlement Crisis Just Keeps Growing

One problem with living in times as interesting as these is that important news often gets lost amid the swirl of rapidly changing events. If you blinked last week, you may have missed the latest report from the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare systems. But for the sake of our children and grandchildren, not to mention the country’s economic future, America’s looming entitlements crisis is worth paying attention to.

What Federal Spending to Cut?

Federal government spending is rising, deficits are chronic, and debt is reaching dangerous levels.

Disability Fraud

The federal government runs more than 2,300 subsidy programs, and they are all susceptible to fraud and other types of improper payments.

Trump's 'Draconian' Budget

President Trump issued his first federal budget Tuesday, and critics have been quick to call the proposals cruel and heartless.

The Debt Deniers' Fantasy

It’s not quite on a par with 9/11 truthers or Obama birthers, but recently a number of liberal commentators have descended into the fever swamps of denialism by rejecting the most basic facts about our debt and deficit. Mind you, they are not arguing about the best policies to reduce the debt — taxe hikes vs. spending cuts — but actually denying that the problem exists at all.

Two of a Kind

For all those who think that our deficit is caused by a dearth of revenue, consider this thought experiment. In 2012, the federal government will spend $3.56 trillion. Last week’s Powerball jackpot was a reported $587.5 million, the largest winning Powerball payout ever. In order to finance current spending, the federal government would have to hit that jackpot 6,570 times.

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