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    Reducing Government Waste

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing to assess whether progress has been made by the federal government in reducing government waste. Witnesses provided a…

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    Rising Cost of Social Security Disability

    Panelists talked about the number of Americans claiming Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income benefits, and the programs' financial solvency. In their…

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    Funding of Infrastructure Projects

    Panelists testified on ways to fund national infrastructure needs and the proper role of the federal government in maintaining roads, bridges, and utilities. Topics included public…

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    President Obama's Job Creation Proposals

    Jennifer Erickson and Chris Edwards talked about the job creation proposals President Obama outlined in his State of the Union address, and they responded to telephone calls and electronic…

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    Libertarian State of the Union

    Cato Institute scholars talked about the state of the libertarian movement in the United States. They agreed that President Obama’s executive orders on gun control did not…

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    Wisconsin Recall Election

    Erin Johansson and Chris Edwards talked about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s recall election victory. Topics included the future of labor unions, whether the victory might…

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    Entrepreneurship, Regulation, and the Tax Code

    Witnesses testified on the role of government in business. In his testimony, Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he supported the government’s efforts to rescue the financial…

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    Federal Debt and U.S. Economy

    Witnesses testified about the impact of the public debt on the U.S. economy. They focused on the challenges of creating jobs in a harsh economic environment and disagreed on the route…

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    Tax Proposals in President Obama's Jobs Plan

    Chris Edwards and Michael Ettlinger talked about President Obama s proposal to pay for his jobs legislation. The president wants to decrease tax deductions for high earners, raise tax…

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    Economic Recovery Efforts

    The Senate Budget Committee held a hearing on U.S economic recovery efforts. Among the issues they addressed were the severity of the fiscal crisis, unemployment rates, the housing…

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    Federal Budget Direction

    Chris Edwards talked about the Cato Institute’s Website, DownsizingGovernment.org. The site has a new line-by-line analysis of the federal budget and includes recommendations for…

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    Obama Stimulus Plan

    Chris Edwards talked about the stimulus plan unveiled during the week by President-Elect Barack Obama, its cost, and the impact on the taxpayer. He reacted to a video clip of…

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    Deficit Impact on Next Administration

    Chris Edwards and James Horney talked about how the projected federal deficit of $482 billion dollars affects the economic plans for both Senators McCain and Obama, both of whom agree that…

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    Income Tax Collection

    Witnesses testified about the gap between the amount of federal income tax that is owed and that collected. Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Everson testified on efforts to…

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    Existing Tax Code Reform

    The President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform held a public meeting on specific options for federal tax reform. The forth panel testified about reforming existing code…

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