Death & Taxes

Death & Taxes

March 18, 2013

This chart depicts the President’s budget request for 2012. The center circle is the discretionary budget: spending that must be approved by Congress every year. It is paid for largely with your federal income taxes and includes all departments within the federal government: a uniquely revealing look at our national priorities. Source

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Education and Spending in America

February 22, 2013

A look at the current school population and spending per student Source

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Ups & down in state and local employment

February 13, 2013

There are nearly half a million fewer state and local employees now than there were three years ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. An annual employment survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau gives an indication of where some of those cuts were made. There were nearly 9,000 fewer firefighters and police […]

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Economies: UK vs the world

January 1, 2013

Living in a shrinking world that is growing in overall wealth and prosperity but which countries have a sizeable chunk of the money? Source

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12 Days Of Christmas: Government Spending Edition

December 24, 2012

In the midst of the season of giving, it’s a good time to recognize just how generous the government has been. As it turns out, it has been much too generous. We have a serious spending problem that requires serious spending reform. To provide a glance at just how severe the problem is, check out […]

Social Security: A Snapshot of its Finances

Social Security: A Snapshot of its Finances

December 13, 2012

There are some things people take for granted. One of these is that after a lifetime of paying into Social Security, you’ll receive the promised benefits when its your turn to collect. But before long, this long accepted fact could become fiction. As the number of people receiving benefits balloons and the number of people […]

Avoider Syndrome

Avoider Syndrome

November 21, 2012

Under the debt ceiling deal passed last summer, lawmakers had until January 15th to pass substantive deficit reduction measures. That day has now come and gone with no word of any plan. Because Congress couldn’t develop a deficit reduction proposal, automatic across-the-board cuts will take effect in January 2013. Makes sense to give the plan […]

[FAILED] Superheroes of the Super Committee

[FAILED] Superheroes of the Super Committee

October 31, 2012

The Super Committee announced this week their failure to compromise regarding cuts to federal spending. What are the implications? Source

Government Spending

Government Spending

October 29, 2012

Governments around the globe love to spend, spend, spend. But what countries spend the most and the least? This infographic looks at government spending by percent of GDP by country.

Enhancing Small Business Lending

Enhancing Small Business Lending

October 25, 2012

The “Small Business Lending Enhancement Act of 2012” would raise the total amount of small business loans a credit union could issue from 12.25% of a credit union’s total assets to 27.5%. Economists estimate this bi-partisan bill would create 140,000 jobs and infuse $13 billion into the economy… at zero cost to taxpayers. Source

Sugar High

Sugar High

September 27, 2012

You know that feeling when you’ve eaten too much candy? So does Washington. Source

Home Sweet Spending

Home Sweet Spending

September 10, 2012

What would happen if your family spent money like the government? Source