Entitlement Reform Articles

Carly: Trump Wrong on Planned Parenthood

And Kasich wrong to expand Medicaid.
12:50 PM, Aug 12, 2015

Carly Fiorina says she disagrees with her Republican rival for president Donald Trump on the issue of Planned Parenthood. Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday that "we have to look at the positive also for Planned Parenthood" and said abortions were just a "small part" of what the organization provides.

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Hayes Podcast: Will Entitlement Reform Be GOP's 2016 'Vulture Capital' Moment?

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:15 PM, Apr 28, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Steve Hayes on his recent story "The Coming GOP Divide."

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Don’t Forget the Poor

The poverty of the GOP’s antipoverty agenda.
Aug 26, 2013

After five decades of liberal antipoverty programs that have produced only failure and futility, it is more than time for a conservative response to the problem of poverty—one that emphasizes work, family, and economic freedom. 

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Boehner to Obama: 'Make Good' on a 'Balanced Approach'

4:36 PM, Nov 07, 2012

John Boehner laid out the House Republican position in the upcoming legislative debate on the fiscal cliff in remarks Wednesday afternoon. "Mr. President, the Republican majority here in the House stands ready to work with you to do what's best for our country," Boehner said, calling the massive national debt, now larger than the entire economy, our "greatest challenge of all."

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Obama Promised Cuts, Entitlement Reform at 2008 Town Hall Debate

10:44 AM, Oct 16, 2012

In 2008, Barack Obama promised to cut federal spending, cut wasteful programs, reform Medicare and Social Security, and create "5 million new jobs" in a "new energy economy." At Buzzfeed, Andrew Kaczynski has four videos of Obama making those promises at the town hall debate in 2008. Here, for instance, is Obama talking about the need to reform entitlements in his first term:

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If Sweden Can Do It . . .

. . . the United States can reform entitlements, too.
Sep 03, 2012



During his long reign, Tage Erlander, Swedish prime minister between 1946 and 1969, spoke grudgingly of the impending “discontent of growing expectations.” He was referring to how the Swedish labor movement, after decades of expansive welfare reforms, rather than being gratified, seemed incessantly focused on what it had not yet received from the perennial Social Democratic government.

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Eurozone Afloat, but Still a Wreck

7:25 AM, Apr 12, 2012

A cynic would be tempted to compare the eurozone to Ryou-Un Mara, the rusty Japanese ghost ship that floated across the Pacific after last year’s earthquake. Some wrecks surprise us by staying afloat for a long time, but that does not make them less of a wreck.

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Heritage Action: Ryan Budget Shows 'Seriousness of Purpose'

10:53 AM, Mar 22, 2012

Heritage Action, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation, released the following statement on the House Republican budget:

Chairman Paul Ryan deserves credit for confronting the main drivers of our debt crisis – our runaway entitlement system.  Of course, there is much to be done if we are to save the American dream, but this budget signals a seriousness of purpose that Americans expect from their lawmakers.  Heritage Action looks forward to a spirited conversation over the future of our country.

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Business Roundtable President: Ryan Budget 'Courageous'

9:08 AM, Mar 22, 2012

John Engler, the former three-term governor of Michigan and current president of the Business Roundtable, calls the House Republican budget proposal a "courageous exercise" and says it has "intriguing ideas" regarding tax and entitlement reforms.

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Perry Commits to Flat Tax, Reforming Entitlements

12:46 PM, Oct 19, 2011

Las Vegas
In a brief speech this morning at the Western Republican Conference, Texas governor Rick Perry announced that in six days he would reveal an “economic pro-growth package that will create growth” and encourage investment in America. The plan will involve major tax reform, entitlement reform, a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, an abolishment of earmarks, and a recommitment to energy exploration in the United States.

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A Quick Overview of Our Federal Fiscal Nightmare . . .

…and what GOP candidates could propose to do about it.
9:16 AM, Oct 13, 2011

During Tuesday night’s debate, Michele Bachmann twice said that the federal government is spending about “40 percent more” than what it takes in. If only we were in that good of shape.

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CBO Director to Supercommittee: It's Your Decision

"What role do you and your colleagues want the government to play in the economy?"
1:26 PM, Sep 13, 2011

“The fundamental question for you is not how we got here, but where you want the country to go,” said Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, to the members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (or the supercommittee) today. “What role do you and your colleagues want the government to play in the economy?”

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Social Security, Ponzi Schemes, and Ron Johnson

8:44 AM, Sep 08, 2011

Rick Perry's doubling down on his "Social Security is a Ponzi scheme" rhetoric during last night's debate could be beneficial for him in a Republican primary but hurtful in a general election. And while the Mitt Romney campaign was quick to pounce on the statement with its not-so-subtle "PERRY DOES NOT BELIEVE SOCIAL SECURITY SHOULD EXIST" press release, Perry seems to be sticking by the characterization. "Maybe it's time to have some provocative language in this country," he said in the debate.

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Can the Tea Party Take on Entitlements?

10:31 AM, Aug 19, 2011

Yuval Levin and Pete Wehner ask, in today's Wall Street Journal, whether the Tea Party will be willing to take on entitlements:


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Paul Ryan Defending House Budget in Iowa

2:54 PM, Aug 09, 2011

Michael O'Brien at the Hill reports:

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Samuelson: Victory for the Welfare State Over Defense

7:08 AM, Aug 08, 2011

In today's Washington Post, Robert Samuelson argues that it was liberal protectors of the entitlements, not the Tea Party, that "won" the most in last week's debt deal. The military, he says, was the real loser:


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Throwing Kids Off a Cliff

3:52 PM, Jul 26, 2011

Students for Solvency released its first ad today, suggesting that failure to reform Medicare and other entitlement programs is tantamount to throwing our kids off cliffs:

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Obama Misleads on Support for 'Balanced' Deficit Agreement

12:55 PM, Jul 15, 2011

At his press conference Friday, President Barack Obama repeatedly claimed that the American people support a “balanced approach” and “shared sacrifice” when it comes to a debt and deficit solution.

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Paul Ryan Foreign Policy Address Preview: 'Decline Is a Choice'

"Decline is not a certainty for America."
2:03 PM, Jun 02, 2011

House Budget chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will lay out his vision for America's foreign policy in an address to the Alexander Hamilton Society tonight in Washington. Crediting Charles Krauthammer's 2009 essay in THE WEEKLY STANDARD, "Decline Is a Choice," Ryan will insist the United States maintain its leading role in the world by addressing the growing debt and entitlement spending crises.

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The Radical Gradualism of Paul Ryan

The status quo is far more ‘extreme’ than the Republican budget
Apr 18, 2011

Late last month, Senator Charles Schumer of New York led a conference call in which Senate Democrats briefed reporters about the ongoing budget battle. At the outset, unaware that his comments were already audible to reporters on the line, Schumer provided some marching orders, advising his colleagues to describe Republican proposals as radical. “I always use the word extreme,” he said. “That’s what the caucus instructed me to use this week.”

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Morning Jay: Obama's Speech Was Meant to Reassure the Left

5:00 AM, Apr 15, 2011

Lately, I’ve been staying up late at night because I’m just too stressed over the state of the union. Unable to sleep, I often find myself toggling between scores of Excel spreadsheets, crunching all sorts of numbers to get my mind around the gaping budget deficit that is threatening the country. It isn’t pretty, as we all know, and unfortunately my computations have only made me feel worse.

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Why Hasn’t Barack Obama Called Paul Ryan?

10:44 AM, Apr 13, 2011

The White House communications operation has expended considerable effort over the past week to portray President Obama as serious about dealing with debt and deficits.

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Budget in the Balance

The GOP gambles on entitlement reform.
Apr 11, 2011

If there is one thing that political strategists, pollsters, and elected officials of both parties have agreed on for decades, it’s that entitlement reform is a sure political loser. Social Security is the “third rail”—touch it and you die. Suggest changes to Medicaid and you don’t care about the poor. Propose modest reforms to Medicare and you’re the target of a well-funded “Mediscare” campaign that ensures your defeat.

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Praise for Paul Ryan's Budget

11:11 AM, Apr 05, 2011

Connecticut senator and former Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman, on Paul Ryan's budget: 

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