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Alice Rivlin

Paul Ryan's New Budget: Ideological Wish-Fulfillment Fantasy

Alex Knepper | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Alex Knepper

I still admire Rep. Ryan and hope that he continues to make strides toward making serious entitlement reform possible. But if he wants to govern then he needs to bow to reality and accept that elections have consequences -- even elections that he lost.

Massachusetts Voters Have the Chance to Vote on Budget Priorities

Rebecca Thiess | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Rebecca Thiess

The Budget for All would not only be good for Massachusetts but would be good for America; other states would benefit from taking a cue from Massachusetts and voting to send a strong message to their representatives as well.

John Celock

Communication Urged Between Feds/States | John Celock | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Increased communication between the federal government and states is being emphasized as one of the ways to solve the budget crisis thre...

John Celock

Top Gov Sees Benefits To State Fiscal Report | John Celock | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

A report released Tuesday shows that states face up to $4 trillion in unfunded liabilities and a host of other fiscal problems. Delaware Gov. Jack ...

Michael McAuliff

Paul Ryan's Vision For Medicare Will Win, Dem Says | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats who are staking the 2012 election in part on the charge that Republicans will "end Medicare as we know it" likely will join in...

Zach Carter

CEOs Embrace Tax Hike Plans Rejected By Paul Ryan | Zach Carter | Posted 03.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A powerful coalition of corporate executives on Wednesday praised a deficit reduction plan that has long been maligned by GOP leaders fo...

The Burr/Coburn Medicare Plan: 10 Deceptions - and a Free-Market "Death Panel"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Burr and Coburn want you to believe that they can raise the Medicare eligibility age, make you pay more in premiums, turn your health care over to the same insurers that are bankrupting you before you're sixty-five -- and that somehow you'll save money!

Killing Us Softly

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We're seeing the demonization of the victim everywhere. It's in the public hatred for underwater homeowners and now reaches to the highest halls of power in both parties, where we told that helping struggling homeowners would be "rewarding the undeseverving."

WATCH: Arianna Huffington Says 'Job's Issue Is A Demand Issue'

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.24.2011 | Business

Politicians in Washington have yet to reach an agreement to raise the debt ceiling. Many other Americans have other concerns. Last night on ABC's T...

Elise Foley

Economist: 'Moody's Is Right To Be Worried' | Elise Foley | Posted 08.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic economist Alice Rivlin said Sunday the debt ceiling increase should be paired with a long-term plan for dealing with the defi...

Trigger Happy

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

When you strip away the verbiage, all of the economic triggers discussed in the budget debate would have the same basic outcome: They would cut government spending without asking the wealthy to pay more in taxes.

The GOP Budget's Attack on Older Americans: Their Most Radical Move Yet, Explained With Six Slides

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Back when I analyzed health plans and other benefits for a living, I asked a famous CEO what his goals were for the corporation's employee benefit plan. "I want to give them less and make them think it's more," he said.

Money Changes Everything: Will the Battle Over the Budget Derail All Bipartisan Cooperation in 2011?

Eileen McMenamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eileen McMenamin

A collection of senior lawmakers gathered at a Washington panel last Wednesday to reflect on the possibility of cooperation across party lines in the 112th Congress.

Erskine Bowles is Wrong, the Era of Deficit Denial Is Doing Just Fine

David Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Paul

Tea Party acolytes had among their core message two principles: First, Congress should move quickly to end out of control deficit spending. Second, Congress should stop lying to the American people. Well, so much for that election.

Obama's "Tax Holiday": A Poison Pill for Social Security

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

You know what they always say: Pay now or pay later. Middle-class Americans may pay very dearly for the president's tax deal, and at the stage of life when they can least afford it.

The Only Way to Fix the Deficit: Multiply Jobs

William Drayton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Drayton

Under Clinton, we went from a $290 billion deficit in 1992 to a $239 billion surplus in 2000 while creating over 20 million private sector jobs. That's no coincidence; job creation and deficit reduction are inextricably linked.

A Deficit-Cutting Plan to End Medicare as We Know It

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark Miller

As Washington starts batting around the plans to slash the long-range national deficit, one stands out as an especially good acid test of just how far we're willing to go. That's the Ryan-Rivlin plan to end Medicare as we know it.

A President at the Crossroads (Who Needs a Little Help From His Friends)

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Tomorrow the deficit commission votes on its draft proposal. If it gets enough yes votes, it's likely to trigger a chain of events that will cost the president and his party dearly.

Jobs First -- Any Other 'Deficit Plan' Sells America Short

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The deficit commission is releasing its report today, and its recommendations will be very different from those of the self-described "bipartisan" plans now dominating Washington conversations.

Social Security Cuts Would Begin Quickly Under Deficit Reduction Plans

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark Miller

It's hard to see why cuts in Social Security should be included in whatever cure we decide to take for the federal budget deficit.

Piggy Bank Morality: Maya MacGuineas and David Brooks

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Social Security doesn't contribute to the deficit. But it can help decrease it, provided you have no moral qualms about raiding a Trust Fund created for people's retirement

Labor Pushing Backbone Implant for Wavering Dems on Taxes, Social Security, Deficits

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

Everyone talks about Democrats caving in to the GOP and right-wing talking points, but not many advocacy groups are effectively and visibly pushing back against the right-wing assault either.

The Ides of November

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We expected to see an all-out assault on Social Security and progressive taxation, but the number of similarly-minded reports released this month is greater than we expected, the ad buys are larger, and the range of ideas is narrower.

D-Day in the Class War

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Both "bipartisan" bodies claim that "tough decisions" must be made. Yet their policies are only really tough if you happen to belong to America's struggling working middle class.

Restoring America's Future

Dan Glickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Glickman

The only way to get our fiscal house in order is by enacting a thoughtful, balanced program that includes spending cuts; reforms to medical, retirement, farm, and other programs; and revenue increases.