Debt

Phillip L. Swagel, CBO’s Director: As a result of the persistently large deficits, federal debt held by the public is projected to rise to $31.4 trillion at the end of 2030—an amount equal to 98 percent of GDP. At that point, debt would be higher as a percentage of...

Dialogue and Civility

Robert Wilkes at Divided We Fall: In America the people are sovereign. That’s a premise we can all agree on, right? See! Civility isn’t so hard. We agree already! Well, no… It is actually quite hard, as we all know, and it’s getting worse. If civility continues to...

Corruption

From Transparency International: The United States has received its lowest score in eight years on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released today by Transparency International, dropping two points to score 69 out of 100. The Index draws from over a dozen...

Another Prayer for Civility

The Chaplain, Dr. Barry C. Black, offered the following prayer on January 23: Almighty God, our rock of ages, be omnipresent during this impeachment trial, providing our Senators with the assuring awareness  of Your powerful involvement. May they strive to have a...

A Prayer for Civility

The Chaplain, Dr. Barry C. Black, offered the following prayer on January 22: Let us pray. Sovereign God, author of liberty, we gather in this historic Chamber  for the solemn responsibility of these impeachment proceedings. Give  wisdom to the distinguished Chief...

The Separation of Powers

Matt Glassman, who currently teaches in the Claremont McKenna College Washington Semester, wrote the following for the Congressional Research Service: Congress’s role and operation in national politics is fundamentally shaped by the design and structure of the...

Declining Trust

A release from Edelman: The 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that despite a strong global economy and near full employment, a majority of respondents in every developed market do not believe they will be better off in five years’ time, and 56 percent believe that...