Politics aside, the budget could be balanced

Here’s a blueprint for balancing the budget, incorporating proposals from a variety of sources. Hang in there, fiscal hawks, we still have a chance to avert disaster. Read More...

Obstacles to spending taxpayer money responsibly

As though it wasn’t hard enough to assess competing government programs on a benefit/cost basis, comparisons are further complicated by using varying funding strategies. Read More...

Resolving differences of opinion

Human beings are wired to defend their core beliefs, so don’t be surprised if intellectual opponents duck inconvenient facts – or fall into this mental trap yourself. Read More...

Prospects for action on the fiscal problem

SAFE suggestions: Abolish debt limit, prune spending, don't expand entitlements, don't raise taxes, expect 2020 presidential candidates to support balancing the budget.
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Celebrate the past, plan for the future (E-1)


For a little, all-volunteer “think tank,” SAFE has punched well above its weight. In part this is due to our habit of periodically coming down from the ivory tower to engage with the real world.

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Midterm issues: Taxes (E - 64)

The 2018 tax cut will be a minor plus for Republican candidates on the campaign trail this fall, but real tax reform could be a big help in solving the fiscal problem longer term. Read More...

Unity: The impossible dream (E-78)

No Labels posits that unity will result if politicians discuss the issues, but experience suggests otherwise. It might be better to debate the issues and aim for timely and well-informed decisions. Read More...

Socialism doesn't work (E-85)

If some people get handouts, others must pay. Social welfare programs are the biggest cost in government; ethanol is a costly substitute for oil; fuel cells are unsuitable for commercial scale power generation. Read More...

Tweaking the budget process won't accomplish much

Re the JSC’s review of the budget process, no one has zeroed in on the primary problem: The Senate filibuster rule is being used to slow down the process for partisan advantage. Read More...

Don't count on finessing fiscal problem

The GOP tax cut may have been a reasonable bet, but trillion-dollar deficits are sure to backfire. Read More...
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