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Budget Debate

Ranking House Dem Pushes Firm Line In U.S. Budget Talks

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By Caren Bohan and David Lawder WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - A senior House of Representatives Democrat set down a firm marker on Tu...

Is There a Thaw in the Budget Fight? And, If So, What Was That About?!!?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The plates of the debate seem to be shifting in ways that could be positive, though virtually all the signals are mixed.

A $20 Billion Wrinkle in the Upcoming Budget Battle

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

At the end of next month, the current patch that's paying for government operations, called a continuing resolution, expires. That means Congress either passes regular appropriation bills (won't happen), another patch, or shuts down the government.

Why Is the President Giving a Speech on the Economy Today?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

There's some strategery going on here. The D.C. debate will soon shift into dysfunctional overdrive as fiscal deadlines approach, so before the next phase of the debate begins, the president would like to remind people that his priorities are much the same as their own.

Federal Deficit Shrinking Faster Than Expected

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

Rising government revenue from tax collections and bailout paybacks are shrinking the federal deficit faster than expected, delaying the point when th...

Jason Linkins

Paul Ryan Says Obama 'Charm Offensive' Was 'Helpful,' But It's Still Knives Out For Obamacare | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) appeared on Greta Van Susteren's "On The Record" Thursday night to give his side of the story on the ongoing knock-down drag-o...

Adviser: Obama Raised Entitlement Reform In Budget Talks

Reuters | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

* Obama speaks to Republicans, Democrats * President wants more revenues to help reduce deficits * Government shutdown i...

Jason Linkins

David Brooks Is Apparently Sick Of 'Stale' Debates | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

Well, here's one for David Brooks' class on humility. In his most recent piece, the New York Times columnist moves a bit beyond his previous "I made t...

Warning: Deficit Delusions Endanger Your Job

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

A three-month downturn is a caution, not a catastrophe. But Washington seems too wrapped in its deficit delusions to pay attention to the flashing yellow lights. Here's a cautionary guide.

7 Common Sense Thoughts About the Debt Ceiling Debacle

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Washington is careening off the fiscal cliff smack into the debt ceiling. Once more, Washington is fixated on what and how to cut. Once more, Republicans have indicated that they are prepared to hold the full faith and credit of the United States hostage.

Rep. Ryan's War on Seniors

Eric Griego | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Eric Griego

Paul Ryan's budget -- which the House passed -- proposed drastic cuts to two programs that can literally mean life and death for America's most vulnerable citizens -- Social Security and Medicare.

No Work, No Pay

Ami Bera, MD | Posted 06.28.2012 | Politics
Ami Bera, MD

If Americans struggling to make ends meet can make tough decisions to balance their books, why can't Congress?

Re-Thinking Old Age: In the National Interest

Michael Hodin | Posted 05.24.2012 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

As Americans live longer is it any wonder the country is struggling to balance its budget? Is it any wonder we can't figure out how to pay for long-standing "entitlements"?

Budget Cannot Be Balanced on the Backs of America's Most Vulnerable People

Mike King | Posted 10.16.2011 | Impact
Mike King

Many older people have no one to care for them. As head of an organization that provides health care and housing to low-income seniors, I take very seriously the reality that for many vulnerable Americans, we have become their family.

Our National Dark Night Of The Soul

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 10.16.2011 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

We are a nation woven together by eclectic threads of common faith in the truth that all people are created equal. Again and again, our darkest hours have come when elements within our own national body have tested this faith.

Balancing The Budget Debate With Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 10.04.2011 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

There is a human story behind every item in the federal budget, and if you don't balance your fiscal prudence with humane values, then you'll do what my grandmother used to say: you'll cut off your nose to spite your face.

The Moral Default

Jim Wallis | Posted 10.03.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. not just to be broken, but corrupt. The American people are disgusted watching politicians play political chicken with the nation's economy and future. In such a bitter and unprincipled atmosphere, whoever has the political clout to enforce their self-interest and retain their privileges wins the battles. But there are two casualties in such political warfare: the common good and the most vulnerable.

The Idolatry Of Political Ideology vs. The Budgetary Wisdom Of Faith

Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. | Posted 09.27.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.

Pledges to political principles have taken on the aura of confessions of faith. But Democrats and Republicans could find a way beyond the present impasse if they would just take seriously two principles.

Will Politicians Listen to Pastors?

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Our country is in the midst of a clash between two competing moral visions, between those who believe in the common good, and those who believe individual good is the only good. It's time our leaders in Washington listen to someone other then themselves.

What's the Real Relationship Between Taxes and Jobs?

Paul Tullis | Posted 09.12.2011 | Business
Paul Tullis

What's the effect of tax cuts for the rich on job creation? The Congressional Budget Office says little to none.

Growing Economic Inequality the Root Cause of Economic Stagnation

Robert Creamer | Posted 09.10.2011 | Business
Robert Creamer

Growing economic inequality as we have had in America for the past three decades directly impacts million of lives and destroys millions of dreams. It's not just about economic policy. It's about right and wrong.

Look to '94 Crime Bill to Solve Budget Crisis

Jim Kessler | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Jim Kessler

Just as a major deal on an anti-crime package seemed improbable then, a major deal on the budget seems a pipe dream today.

GOP Plans to Demand Mandatory Cuts in Social Security, Medicare as Price for Debt Ceiling

Robert Creamer | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

It is increasingly clear that the Republicans will demand mandatory cuts in Social Security and Medicare as a price for increasing the debt ceiling later this spring. They just won't say it in those terms.

Bryan Maygers

'Go Through Us First': Christian Leaders Draw Line On Budget Cuts | Bryan Maygers | Posted 06.27.2011 | Religion

A broad coalition of Christian leaders has announced a new "Circle of Protection" to formalize their opposition to governmental budget cuts that would...

Religious Themes In The Budget Debate

Brad Reid | Posted 06.20.2011 | Religion
Brad Reid

Our modern questions about the role of government and the allocation of social resources are truly ancient questions that are not resolved by sound bites on television.