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Fiscal Commission

The Fiscal Cliff: Maintaining a Circle of Protection for Children, Hungry People and the Poor

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

If we spend less on school lunches and food stamps to make the numbers add up on an Excel spreadsheet, we will indeed pay much more with poor performance in school and chronic health issues later.

Simon Johnson: Does The U.S. Really Have A Fiscal Crisis?

New York Times | Simon Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The United States faces some serious medium-term fiscal issues, but by any standard measure it does not face an immediate fiscal crisis. Overly indebt...

A Frightening "Roadmap" for America in the Republican Rebuttal to the State of the Union

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

I served with Rep. Ryan on the 18 member Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and learned firsthand from the personally congenial Ryan just how dark his vision of America's future is for all but the super-rich.

Alan Simpson Doesn't Know What His Grandchildren Are Talking About

Hilary A. Doe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hilary A. Doe

By: Zachary Kolodin, Roosevelt Campus Network As President Obama's Fiscal Responsibility Commission releases its recommendations, we'll continue to h...

Casting Light on "The Moment of Truth"

James K. Galbraith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James K. Galbraith

When middle class families take a moment from their own budget plans to examine the deficit commission's, they'll notice that the sacrifices so nobly embraced by "their leaders" will actually fall on them.

Simpson's Program, Not Social Security, Victimizes the Young

Merton and Joan Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Merton and Joan Bernstein

Does he really mean to say that, in our working years, we help pay for the modest Social Security benefits received by the parents who fed, clothed, educated and housed us? What perfidy. What selfishness.

Millennials Tackle 21st Century Challenges With a Blueprint for America's Future

Hilary A. Doe | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Hilary A. Doe

The largest-ever generation of Americans -- the Millennial Generation, born between 1980 and 2000 -- has designed the future that they want to inherit.

Even Your Cranky Uncle Can Be Thankful for Social Security

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Picture everyone sitting around the table this Thanksgiving and the cranky old uncle lobs a political hot potato at you designed to push the conversat...

Making Deficit Decisions in the Dark

Stacy Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stacy Sanders

Earlier this month, the co-chairs of the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform released draft recommendations on how to ...

Sam Stein

Alan Simpson: 'Grover Norquist Will Be Irrelevant In A Year' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Say what you will about the actual policy proposals put forth by the chairs of the president's fiscal commission -- both former Senator ...

In The Public Interest : The Sounds of Silence

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

The press coverage of the Fiscal Commission's Co-Chairs' proposal has focused on the great gulf between the right and left. By all accounts, Americans...

Obama Fiscal Commission Proposes Cutting "Comedy Rule of Three" to Two

Spencer Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

In a potentially devastating blow to performers and writers everywhere, President Obama's special fiscal commission will recommend cutting the long-st...

Sam Stein

Sanders Calls For Progressive Meeting, Alternative To Fiscal Commission | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Clearly displeased with the initial deficit-reduction recommendations offered by the fiscal commission chairmen, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-...

Amanda Terkel

Public Broadcasting Groups Denounce Debt Commission's Recommendation | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and NPR are denouncing the recommendation of the co-chairs of President Obama's Fiscal Com...

Sam Stein

No Warning: David Axelrod Had To Get Deficit Commission Report Off The Internet | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The preliminary findings from the presidential-appointed fiscal commission calling for drastic cuts to Social Security and Medicare in a...

Sam Stein

Fiscal Commission Chairs Gave Members Little To No Warning About Announcement | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the more peculiar elements of the White House deficit commission chairmen's decision to release their preliminary recommendations...

Sam Stein

Debt Commission Report Targets Social Security, Medicare | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics


Peter Orszag: We Have To Destroy The Village In Order To Save It

Nancy Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Altman

Tuesday's election gave expression to a deep frustration that Washington is not listening to Main Street. This frustration seems reasonable after read...

Dan Froomkin

Job-Creation Idea No. 12: Let The Old Folks Retire Early And Make Way For Young Workers | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

(No. 12 in Huffington Post's America Needs Jobs series.) Looking ahead fearfully to something that may or may not be a problem decades from now, Pres...

Fiscal Reform from the Radical Center

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

The big question is what impact the midterm election will have on the politics of fiscal evasion. Here's hoping that President Obama will give a close look to fiscal discipline that demands equal sacrifice from the left and the right.

Recovery, Please

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Republicans have made it impossible for the government to increase spending to create jobs and investment, and deficit hawks of both parties would rather have government tighten belts.

Paul Ryan's Playlist

Caroline Matthews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Matthews

As we formulate our opinion of the Congressman, what else do we want to know? We want to know what he is listening to on his iPod. Considering the Congressman's home state and political positions, I've taken a shot at recreating his go-to playlist.

In The Public Interest : New Insights into Preventing Wall Street Meltdowns and Reducing Debt

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

This Week's Basel Accord and New Poll Show How to Prevent Wall Street Meltdowns and Reduce the Debt with One Tool This week's news made the path for ...

It's Time to Bolster Social Security, Not Slash It

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark Miller

We should not be contemplating cuts in Social Security when the other pillars of retirement security have eroded to the point where many Americans won't be able to meet basic expenses in retirement.

"Tit Man" Alan Simpson Makes An Ass of Himself -- Women's Groups Call for Resignation

Martha Burk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martha Burk

The flamboyant co-chair of Obama's Fiscal Commission, Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming, who became an instant You-Tube star earlier this summer with a rant against senior citizens, is at it again big-time.