Appropriations & Budget

PG's Jim Dyer appeared on Bloomberg TV to discuss the likelihood of comprehensive tax reform in the current Congress and the differences in tax policy on the Romney/Ryan ticket.

"Once again, Congress is in the midst of a legislative session threatened by a problem of its own making and is uncertain about how, when or where to solve it. In nine months, a law on the books, the Budget Control Act of 2011, will wreak havoc not only on the operations of federal government, but our entire economy, if lawmakers do not agree on an alternative approach to cutting the budget..."

The Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group of the Center for Strategic & International Studies hosted an event on the current uncertainty surrounding deficit reduction and what it means for national security and the defense industrial base. PG's Jim Dyer was on hand to offer commentary as part of their panel of experts.

"…Tony Podesta, whose Podesta Group ranks third among lobbying firms…, said he will do what he always does: advocate for all of his clients and try to persuade panel members that their programs are meritorious…"

As young Americans have become the most tech-savvy generation in history, the generations preceding them have not kept pace - to the detriment of their economic and even physical well-being.

Technology literacy remains a critical challenge for mature adults; the Pew Research Center reports that only 42 percent of adults age 65 and over use the Internet, compared to 79 percent of adults overall.


Residents of Hinesville, Georgia, have long lived in the shadow of Fort Stewart. In good times, the city thrived from the close economic relationship with the Army base, which is home to 20,000 soldiers. These days, life is tough, given that most of those soldiers are overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, resulting in the loss of clientele for many local businesses.

And life has become even tougher for many townspeople because of a decision made hundreds of miles away in the Pentagon.

In announcing his resignation from the House of Representatives earlier this month, Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) quoted Bob Dylan's farewell song, “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”

Luckily, Rep. McCotter wasn’t asked to apply other iconic songs to Congress on his way out the door. Otherwise, he might have hit the congressional defense committees with another classic Dylan line: “For the times, they are a-changin’.”