Author Archives: Staff

What $20 trillion means for you

The US National Debt has officially crossed a sobering milestone this week, crossing $20 trillion for the first time in history. It’s hard to overestimate the significance of such a massive liability, but with numbers so large, the real-world consequences … Continue reading


The Institute to Reduce Spending is so excited to announce the launch of the first-ever federal spending tracker.   Check it out now at   Institute staffers have been developing the methodology and dataset for this project over the … Continue reading

Don’t get rid of the debt limit without real reforms

Writing today in Rare, Institute research manager Jake Grant takes on a dangerous notion coming from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew last week. While correctly diagnosing serious problems with the debt limit process, Secretary Lew misses the mark in implying it … Continue reading