More Entitlements Articles

  • Harry Reid: Unemployment insurance extension plan 'very, very close'

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced Tuesday that the chamber is “very, very close” to working out a bipartisan deal that would extend unemployment benefits for five months.

  • Obama, in his sole discretion

    With each passing day, President Obama, leftism personified, demonstrates that leftism is characterized by anything other than the human compassion it claims as its exclusive possession. I've always said leftists are about not compassion or treating people with sensitivity and respect, much...

  • Retail sales rise in February, ending two-month skid

    Retail sales rose 0.3 percent in January, ending a two-month slide and beating expectations. The Census Bureau reported Thursday that U.S. consumers spent $427.2 billion on goods and services in February, in its first estimate of retail spending. The Census also revised down its estimates...

  • Applications for US jobless aid dip to 3-month low

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 315,000, a sign the job market is picking up after a winter slump.

  • Lower crime now may be a fruit of welfare reform 20 years ago

    The jobs data are certainly depressing, as economists of just about every ideological stripe agree. Total national employment is down from the 2007 peak of 147 million to 144 million.

  • New York gets caught double-billing Medicaid

    New York made away with $320 million from the federal government by over-billing Medicaid, according to a new watchdog report. According to the inspector general for the Health and Human Services Department, state-operated residences billed the federal government at twice the rate charged by...

  • In reversal, Maine GOP embraces part of health law

    Maine Republicans who are fiercely fighting an effort to expand government-subsidized health care coverage to roughly 70,000 residents have come up with an alternative: government-subsidized health care.

  • Oklahoma House OKs defined contribution pension bill

    Many new state workers would have 401(k)-style retirement plans rather than traditional public employee pension plans under a measure the Oklahoma House passed on Tuesday.

  • Labor Dept. wants more 401(k) plan fee disclosures

    The Labor Department on Tuesday proposed a new rule that would make it easier for those with 401(k) retirement plans and their employers to locate just what fees and expenses are attached.

  • Federal officials may be missing massive Medicare Part D fraud

    Massive fraud in Medicare's prescription drug programs may be going untracked, according to a government watchdog.

  • Utah senate approves partial Medicaid expansion plan

    Utah legislators are trying to work out an agreement on Medicaid expansion as their 2014 legislative session draws to a close at the end of the week.

  • VIDEO: Despite proposed pension cuts, labor unions forced to back Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn

    Illinois is facing a $100 billion pension shortfall, and in 2013, the state passed pension reform that was largely backed by Gov. Pat Quinn. The reform has angered labor unions across the state, but Quinn will get their support in 2014.

  • 'He's the master of public subsidy': The life of a real estate developer

    The real estate industry may be the single biggest beneficiary of tax credits, carve-outs and subsidies on the federal and state level.

  • Martha Coakley warns of cuts in mental health programs

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley is calling on the Legislature to reject proposed cuts in community-based mental health cuts.

From the Weekly Standard