From Heritage Foundation, by Katie Nielsen, 12/13/13 –
|The short answer: no.The deal, negotiated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and passed yesterday by the House of Representatives, increases spending and debt without advancing major conservative priorities.Read more about the tax increases in the Ryan-Murray deal.Earlier this fall, Heritage Foundation experts said the budget talks were an opportunity for real fiscal reform:
Unfortunately, this was a bad deal. It busts through spending caps and increases taxes and spending. According to Heritage experts, a better deal would:
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Americans continue to remain dependent on big-government programs, which have expanded dramatically over the last five years, report Heritage experts David Muhlhausen and Patrick Tyrrell in the 2013 Index of Dependence on Government.
According to the Index:
Nearly 70 percent of total federal spending goes to these dependency programs, according to the Index, which “is designed to measure the amount of federal spending on programs that assume the responsibilities of individuals, families, communities, neighborhood groups, religious institutions, and other civil society institutions.”
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