Andrew Roth - February 26th, 2013
As reported in the Washington Post, a lobbyist was quoted as saying: "The worst-case scenario for us is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens. And Republicans say: See, that wasn’t so bad.”
Andrew Roth - February 21st, 2013
Club member Bill King from Pennsylvania sent us the following 12-step program for Spendaholics. Politicians in Congress should admit they have a problem!
- Admit to yourself and to your constituents that you have been addicted to spending.
- Admit to yourself and to your constituents that Spendaholism is a major cause of our budget deficits and national debt.
- Apologize to your constituents & commit to fiscal responsibility. (They’ll forgive you if you mend your ways)
- Recognize that ALL spending decisions have an emotional component
- Reject emotional appeals.
- Commit to the use of logic, reason, and sound fiscal and budgeting practices.
- Recognize that all of our problems cannot be solved with one massive piece of legislation.
- Prioritize spending programs and reform and/or cut at minimum 3 programs per quarter.
- Commit to reducing the deficit by 15% per year and a balanced budget in 10 years.
- Pledge to vote for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
- Vow to let free market principles drive the private sector of our economy.
- Promote policies that will promote economic growth in the private sector.
Andrew Roth - February 20th, 2013
Barney Keller - February 18th, 2013
Barney Keller - February 15th, 2013
It’s not that infrastructure doesn’t crumble — everything turns to dust eventually. Obviously, useful bridges, ports, airports and highways need to be maintained, and as a country grows it needs new ones. It’s just that the press allows members of the civil engineering-industrial complex to bamboozle them into believing that all calls for building infrastructure are equal.
The whole thing is worth a read. Yet another good reason to devolve infrastructure spending to the states. The Cato Institute has an excellent paper on this topic you can read here.