If it wasn’t bad enough that we lost in the hockey finals to “Our Neighbor to the North” at the Winter Olympics earlier this year, we now trail Canada in a slightly more consequential indicator – economic freedom. Every year the Heritage Foundation issues the Index of Economic Freedom and for the first time in, well ever, we no longer represent the “freest” economy in North America.
Economy & Budget
Today marks the first day of the year that the average American is not working for the government. According to Americans for Tax Reform, it took 231 days for the average American to “to pay off his or her share of the spending and regulatory burdens imposed by government on the federal, state, and local levels.”
The tone reflected by the news stories proceeded much like this:
Landmark legislation can finally protect the public from hidden dangers which might happen to any of us any day. For the first time we have the real prospect that products will be safer and that we will know more about the dangers in store. But this can happen only if the new Agency has an independent and assertive start under an experienced leader with loyalties that run toward the public interest, and not toward special interests who have from the start tried to kill the new authority. The new director will, for better or worse, personify the strength of this new effort. There can hardly be any doubt about who the head of the new agency should be. The question is who will it actually be?
WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement marking tomorrow's 75th anniversary of Social Security:
“For 75 years, the Social Security program has served the needs of millions of American seniors, and Republicans are committed to protecting Social Security and preserving this invaluable program for current and future generations of retirees. The Social Security and Medicare Trustees have repeatedly warned Congress and the American people that reforms are necessary or future benefits will be threatened.
“For 75 years, Social Security has stood as an unbroken promise to America’s seniors: that after a lifetime of hard work, they have the assurance that they can retire with real security. Where many seniors were once faced with a life of poverty, for the last 75 years they have instead been able to lead a life of dignity.
"Since its creation 75 years ago, Social Security has allowed tens of thousands of Nevadans to retire with grace and dignity. Throughout my career, I have fought to strengthen and preserve Social Security, and I will continue to fight to make sure that our parents, grandparents and loved ones can enjoy their golden years with well-deserved peace of mind.
I would like you to imagine a scene that took place in Congress over a controversial bill.
One congressman from Ohio called the bill “nefarious.” His colleague from Pennsylvania condemned it as an “orgy of ruthless spending.”
These lawmakers weren't fighting about health care, border security or stimulus spending. And the debate that sparked their fury wasn’t even recent.
Representative Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) delivered the following remarks today in the House of Representatives on unemployment and spending:Many people are asking why Congress is here today. I think the answer’s pretty simple: we’re not bankrupting the country fast enough and so we need to come back and spend more.
In the merciful week that Congress was not in session, my constituents had one message: STOP THE SPENDING. Obviously, Congress isn’t listening.
Today, the House has been called into a rare, last-minute August session to vote on a $26 billion spending package to bailout state governments.
Democrat leaders claim that this legislation is “fully paid for.” However, the bill spends the entire $26 billion in just two years, while the “offsets” take place over ten years – relying on future Congresses to abide by the offsets in the bill.