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Entitlement Reform

"Entitlement Reform" Is a Euphemism For Letting Old People Get Sick and Die

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

George Orwell would be proud. The latest Washington catchphrase deserves a place of honor in the 1984 lexicon, right between "War Is Peace" and "Love...

Let's Innovate Our Budget Cutting Process

Frank A. Weil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

We could be confronted with severe currency adjustments imposed on us by global bond markets. This could spark serious fear that would make recent events in Europe and Greece look like someone a quarter short on their venti latte.

Jason Linkins

Obama Hints At Priorities On Entitlement Reform | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During his presser yesterday, President Barack Obama mainly characterized entitlement reform as something that wouldn't come in the form...

Elise Foley

John Boehner On Entitlement Cuts: 'Everything Is On The Table' | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATED BELOW WASHINGTON -- House Republicans remain divided on whether their upcoming budget for fiscal year 2012 will include cuts to government ...

Elise Foley

Republicans Respond To Obama Budget: 'It Would Be Better To Pass Nothing' | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans bashed the president's budget proposal on Monday, calling it a punt down the road for the nation's deficit and criticizing O...

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.

Jason Linkins

Neel Kashkari, TARP Guru, Supports Cutting Entitlements, Citing 'Me-First' Attitude Of Beneficiaries | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Remember Neel Kashkari? Back during the financial crisis, Kashkari sat at the U.S. Treasury's Office of Financial Stability, where he was in charge o...

The Deficit Commission: Not Just a Tax Matter

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

The Deficit Commission needs to be considering the proper balance between distribution of wealth to the work force and to the formation of capital that will result in a viable economy.

Health Care to Suffer Fate of Welfare, Not Medicare or Social Security

Rupert Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rupert Russell

Without bringing the middle class into a new entitlement program, the health reform bill is only going to get worse over time, and not better.

You Still Want To Gut Social Security? Bring. It. On.

Susan Madrak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Madrak

Looks like the The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is putting together another scare piece (remember "I.O.U.S.A."?) to use in their latest attempt to kill Medicare and Social Security.

Commissions, Cuts and Crisis Calls

Barbara B. Kennelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara B. Kennelly

While combining Social Security and Medicare programs under the "entitlement" umbrella helps create a sense of crisis, this approach offers nothing meaningful toward finding real policy solutions. The move in Congress to create an "entitlement" commission, suffers from the same flawed premise of a one-size-fits-all approach.

Let's Make a Deal Politics

Barbara B. Kennelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara B. Kennelly

Social Security and Medicare did not bring us to this economic precipice or turn our budget surplus into record debt in just eight years, and should not be used as scapegoats.