Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Debt-Limit Debate: Myth vs. Reality

Replacing borrowing with higher taxes does not solve the fundamental problem: federal spending -- including Social Security, Medicaid and especially Medicare -- is unsustainable...

Federal Budget: "Use It or Lose It"

In many cases, Congress requires agencies to spend all their allotted funds by Sept. 30 or lose the money; as a result, in a single day, the Agriculture Department spent $144,000 on toner cartridges...

Farm Subsidies: A Burden on the Young

According to the Department of Agriculture, for each farmer under age 35, there are six who are 65 years old or older...

Generalized Benefit Offset: A Fix for Social Security Disability Insurance

A Generalized Benefit Offset program eliminates Social Security Disability Insurance's (SSDI) cash cliff and introduces stronger and more effective work incentives for work-capable beneficiaries while retaining SSDI insurance for individuals with disabilities...

How Tax Reform Can Address America's Diminishing Investment and Economic Growth

If the United States is to achieve even the average economic growth rate among developed countries, it will require boosting investment significantly above current levels...

How the NFL Fleeces Taxpayers

In California, the City of Santa Clara broke ground on a $1.3 billion stadium for the 49ers; officially, the deal includes $116 million in public funding...

The Moving Experience of a Lifetime

A 40-year-old worker who is single, earns $70,000 annually, has $70,000 in retirement accounts and $70,000 in taxable savings will gain $1,615 a year in spendable income by moving to Texas from California, according to the new NCPA State Tax Calculator...

Tax Deferral: An Incentive to Save More Today

When all provisions designed to encourage individuals to save for retirement are combined, they are the second largest "tax expenditure" category as defined by the Joint Committee on Taxation...

Should Washington Pay Parents to Raise Future Taxpayers?

Less than 10 percent of births to college-educated women are outside of wedlock, compared to nearly 50 percent for women lacking college degrees...

Spendthrift Nations

Switzerland wins the award for having the overall best-managed and well-balanced economy, despite the fact that government spending is higher than the optimum...


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