Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Federal Disability Insurance's Looming Implosion

The 2012 price tag for Social Security's Disability Insurance was $140 billion, up eightfold (adjusted for inflation) from 1970...

Most European Countries Haven't Implemented Austerity Measures

European governments that have cut both spending and taxes as part of their austerity programs have higher rates of economic growth than their neighbors...

Cuts in U.S. Budget Available

Even though discretionary spending is not as large as mandatory spending, a total of $3.6 billion in savings can be found in the House Appropriations Committee bill for fiscal year 2014...

Social Security Should Be Replaced

Over the next decade, the Social Security program will provide about $984 billion more in benefits than it will collect through the payroll tax that is intended to fund it...

Congress Can't Afford to Ignore Civil Service Disability Fraud

The Department of Labor approves about 85 percent of all Federal Employees Compensation Act claims -- more than twice the approval rate for Social Security disability benefits...

Denver Light Rail Implementation Failure

Denver's light rail project budget has ballooned 57 percent over projections to $7.4 billion, and because of massive cost overruns and revenue shortfalls, it is not expected to be completed until at least 2044, if ever...

Temporary Deficit Reduction

The Congressional Budget Office predicts the national debt will nearly double over the next decade, going from $11.3 trillion to $19.1 trillion...

Can the Budget Ever Be Cut?

In fiscal year 2014, the president wants to spend $3.77 trillion, up from $3.6 trillion this fiscal year; that's higher than the Ryan plan's proposed $3.53 trillion, and it's even higher than the Murray plan's $3.71 trillion...

Social Security Personal Accounts: Prosperity for All

To pay for all of the promised Social Security and Medicare benefits would require almost doubling the current total payroll tax of 15.3 percent to nearly 30 percent, says Peter Ferrara, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Marginal Tax Rates and Income

A proportional across-the-board tax cut increases the rate of economic growth and does not necessarily lead to greater income concentration at the top...


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