American Promise Archive

Whence We Came

By James Schaefer.   The original colonists of America and Canada were risk-takers -- by definition, a self-selecting group of people -- willing to leave behind family and culture and language and all that stood for civilization to cross an ocean in search of a better life. No government handouts awaited them. That entrepreneurial spirit...
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The Most Prosperous Era In The History Of The World

By John Lumbard. Our unemployment rate is high, the stock market is struggling, and sluggish growth seems to stretch far into our future. It might not be easy to take a step back and feel appreciative for the progress we’ve made, and the progress we’ve helped bring to the rest of...
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Cut, Cap, and Balance, Explained

Budget proposals are coming fast and furious in Washington these days.  Most of it is political chatter, but there HAVE been a number of proposals that aspire to responsible government for the long term.  Today's top story in that regard is "Cut, Cap, and Balance" which would smooth over some near-term...
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The Farmer and the Lottery

By James Schaefer.   The farmer wins the lottery and is being interviewed by a news reporter.  "What are you planning to do, now that you've got all this money?"  Replies the farmer,"Well, I guess I'll just keep farming 'til the money's gone." Today farmers enjoy so much taxpayer support that it's fair...
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Amendment Filed. Call Your Congressman!

Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)  have introduced a Balanced-Budget Amendment to the Constitution that---are you sitting down?---includes a 20% of GDP cap on federal spending!  It requires a 3/5 vote of both houses to run deficits or overspend, but in other respects is very much like a bill...
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20 by ’20: A Limit on Federal Spending

By Dennis Canfield.     “…  It's time to try something new.” - President Barack Obama, introducing his $3.8 trillion budget for 2011---which proposes that our federal government spend 25 cents of every dollar earned by every American, rich and poor alike.  This is new.  Before World War II, our government typically spent 10% less...
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An American Promise

Charles Peter Carruthers, a native of Dumfries, Scotland, launched and managed the San Francisco office of Price Waterhouse almost a century ago.  He left to his heirs the following "10 Points" of good government and fiscal responsibility:  1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. 2. You cannot strengthen the weak by...
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How ’bout a Little Optimism? The American Promise.

By John Lumbard.   Investors are running scared right now, fearful that a slowdown in our economy means that we're headed back into a double-dip recession.  Stop worrying and enjoy a double dip in the ocean (a balmy 66 degrees at the New Hampshire shore today) or two scoops of ice cream at Annabelle's here...
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Sustainable Government

By James Schaefer.   In a recent Opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal (Tax Aversion Syndrome and Our Deficit Future), Peter G. Peterson writes about Congressional Budget Office projections that show the public debt rising from its current 60% of GDP to 233% in 30 years, and 500% in 50...
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