Is the U.S. growing, or just issuing debt?

By Cate Long
October 27, 2012

The collective output of the U.S. has increased modestly in the most recent quarter, as Reuters reports:

Republican governors want control of Medicaid

By Cate Long
August 31, 2011

Thirty-one Republican governors have petitioned the Congressional supercommittee to devolve control of Medicaid to the states and away from Washington where it is currently supervised.  Medicaid is the government health insurance program which covers low-income earners and the elderly committed to nursing homes. Unlike other federal social entitlements, states pay a portion of the costs of the Medicaid program. The Republican governors claim that the federal government constrains their ability to develop more flexible and effective coverage. In essence Republican governors are asking that the program be transformed into a block grant rather than a proscribed benefit program. From Bloomberg: