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October 16, 2006

Is there anything ickier than dealing with the government and its bureaucrats? When, for instance, was the last time you had a pleasant experience in a government office, that had anything to do with why you were really there?

We couldn't answer that last question either! That's why, as part of our public service policy, mandated by Section 714.323.210 Paragraphs b, d and k, of the Uniform Blog Commerce Code, we've provided the following tools to help you better understand the effects of current and proposed government policies.

Don't get us started about the tax code....

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Spending Projecting the Growth of Pork How bad is pork barrel spending in Washington D.C.? Our tool shows pork's exponential growth and projects it into the future!
Social Security Your Investment Return from Social Security What if the taxes you paid into Social Security were an investment. Our tool estimates your rate of return.
Social Security Social Security or Personal Retirement Accounts? Our first tool that explored whether you'd end up ahead or behind if Social Security was replaced with Personal Retirement Accounts.
Social Security The President's Plan for Social Security and You Our tool was the first to accurately model the President's proposed plan for reforming Social Security.
Social Security Slashing Social Security Benefits The Democrats opposed to Social Security reform in 2005 did have an alternative: doing nothing. Our tool shows how much benefits paid in the future would be slashed under that risky scheme.
Taxes Taxing Matters Public policy is funded by taxes - our index has all our tax-related tools!
Demographics Estimating the U.S. Population How many people are there in the U.S.? Our tool estimates just how many Americans there are!
National Debt National Debt The U.S. government borrows money. A lot of money. Our analysis spans more than 100 years of the national debt.
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