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Before They Left Town, Did House Republicans Change the Rules of the Tax-cutting Game?

David Paul | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics
David Paul

This month the Republicans took a stand against tax cuts because of the fiscal implications of those cuts. For the first time in recent memory, Milton Friedman and the Republican Party of my grandfather were redeemed. This was a significant point that should not be lost.

The G.O.P.'s Fiscally-Conservative Frauds

Susan J. Demas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan J. Demas

Repealing the new national health care reform law will explode the national deficit by $230 billion by 2021. Tea Partiers must be pretty sore at these charlatans of fiscal conservatism.

House GOP Will Obliterate Its Own 'CutGo' Rule When It Repeals Health Reform

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

New House leaders who are claiming to be fiscally responsible should be held accountable for proposing to ignore their own fiscal rules before the sign is changed on the Speaker's office door.

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.

A Tale of Two Gushers: Oil and Spending

Ernest Istook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ernest Istook

Failure to plan is a big part of the BP disaster, and a big part of DC's as well. The culpability of BP's management is minor compared to elected officials who won't control spending, but instead push the debt onto Generation X.

Keeping the Long-Term Fiscal Picture in Mind

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

Progressives understand that growing debt and interest payments, unless curtailed now, will eat up money that should go to the long-term investments that matter most, like clean energy, education and health care.

Ryan Grim

Pelosi: 'We'll Never Have Deficit Reduction Unless We Have Job Creation' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The deficit debate in Washington misses the fundamental point, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday, arguing that the primary objecti...

How Obama Plans to Keep Funding a Senseless Afghanistan War

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

Late yesterday Obama met with a gaggle of legislators to tell them he has no intention of ending the disastrous and pointless occupation of Afghanistan. It was a bit of bipartisan bonhomie: the blind leading the lame.

The Progressive Case for PAYGO

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

The idea behind PAYGO is simple: our country, like any family struggling with deep credit card debt, must start paying for what it buys.

Symbolic Blather: Washington's Congenital Disease

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

In the new economy emerging out of the calamity, we need progressive tax reform and increased public investment. This week, progressive legislators will try to figure out where they stand on this.