A new book explores how America's criminal justice system heaps debts on those who can't possibly pay.
The feds are $234 billion in the red. Looking for hope? Sen. Mike Enzi has some ideas.
How would you like it if nearby strangers could instantly access your credit score on their phones?
You can't have it both ways.
Growth alone won't get us out of this mess.
By 2020, interest on the debt will cost more than Medicaid. By 2025, it will cost more than defense spending. And that's just the start.
"We consistently allow the government to develop…programs like this that sound really great on paper but have no practical benefit," Keith Bradford says.
Trump planned to borrow heavily to fund his still unreleased infrastructure plan, even while the Republicans in Congress were making the deficit worse.
The economy might be humming but when are we going to have to, you know, pay for the party already?
GOP legislators released their "Tax Reform 2.0" proposal, which aims to make last year's tax cuts permanent, adding trillions to the $21 trillion debt.
The granting or withholding of that approval is a powerful lever over our lives.
Of course, June's deficit represents just a small fraction of our overall national debt.
The island's population has fallen dramatically even as Spanish speakers from other nations are desperate for a new home.
The GOP leadership cheers on a bipartisan spending spree.
The feds can't pass a budget or do much very well, yet a record level of Americans want it more involved in our lives. That's not as crazy as it seems.
Republicans will regret this the next time a budget-busting Democratic proposal comes along.
After all that fuss from 2009 onward, Rand Paul is the last Republican left objecting to the continued growth of government.
Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Matt Welch talk Trump, Ryan, gender-neutral pronouns, DJ Khaled, and more.
Why Paul Ryan was clapping at policies he's long opposed, how POTUS could be a strong de-regulator, and why the media cares 100x more about presidential theatrics than the war in Yemen
The president takes a reckless stance on free trade, entitlements, and debt reduction.
Challenge Grant Time in the Reason Webathon! Because We Still Treat Presidential Politics as if (Bad) Ideas Matter
From Bernie to Hillary, from Trump to the chumps in Congress, we used the spectacle of politics to argue about the substance of policy.
During PBS debate with Green Party candidate Jill Stein, the Libertarian candidate shows his fangs.
Dallas' pension crisis is another example of why cities and states shouldn't use pension obligation bonds.
'We Have Two Parties Right Now That Have Abandoned All Pretenses at Realism About Our $20 Trillion National Debt and About Our Entitlements'
Matt Welch assesses Hillary Clinton's absurd "I do not add a penny to the national debt" claim on Stossel
Lawsuit Challenges Arkansas City and County Practice of Arresting People Over Court Fines Associated with Bad Checks
An effective policy of debtors prison said to violate the federal constitution and various parts of Arkansas' state constitution.
Political concession to the Sanders crowd that you'll pay $35 billion for
Debt relief and privatization are the only ways to fix its fiscal mess.
Lessons from Puerto Rico.
Taken from a hospital suffering from gastroenteritis straight to jail, Joyce Curnell died there of likely dehydration. All over an unpaid court debt.
"If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging."
Somebody should picket for mandatory economics classes.
You can go to college for $60,000 total or $160,000. Is that really a tough decision? And what school should accept you if you pick the latter?
Jared Meyer on "Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America's Young"
The massive stimulus disaster
Wants to extend a 2010 law to older borrowers.