The Murray-Ryan budget deal, which would increase discretionary spending limits over levels set by the sequester law of two years ago, is set to be signed by President Obama.

Pope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation, levied charges against free market capitalism, denying that "economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world" and concluding that "this opinion ... has never been confirmed by the facts."

The very language that is used to defend liberty is stacked against it.

In a press release Tuesday, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) announced the publication of his annual "Wastebook," which highlights Congress’ “most egregious spending” while at the same time distancing himself from the big spenders and ear-markers in Congress who provided fodder for his book:

Who will pull at the traces when everyone wants to ride in the wagon? The CBO reports that only four out of 10 taxpayers are pulling at the traces.

The EPA attack on coal is ill-conceived and unnecessary, as well as harmful to American businesses, jobs, workers, and consumers — everyone.

Just when it appeared that the Ryan-Murray debt ceiling compromise bill which just passed the House overwhelmingly Thursday night would find an equally enthusiastic reception in the Senate, along came Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to declare that Senate Republicans will filibuster the bill when it comes to the Senate floor early next week.

The spending deal negotiated and promoted by Republican Paul Ryan gives up the sequester cuts, the only real leverage the Republicans had to reduce government spending.

The bipartisan budget deal being pushed by House Speaker John Boehner is more of the same: more spending and higher taxes.

The pension reform bill passed last week in Springfield, Illinois, is just another stall, delaying once again any real attempt at solving the state's pension plan shortfall.

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