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The Only Solution for the Budget Committee: How to Muddle Through to 2015

Paul Abrams | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Republicans serve ideological masters, Democrats serve constituencies. None of the Democrats' constituencies fare well under Republican ideology, and nothing that serves Democrats' constituencies satisfies Republican ideology. Unstoppable force, meet immovable object.

Here's One Thing Americans Refuse To Cut Back On

Posted 03.13.2013 | Business

Americans may be cutting back on extras, but they’re still racing to buy guns. Feeling pinched by the end of the payroll tax cut, high gas prices...

Framing the Budget Conversation

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The main budget battle is just beginning this Friday, not ending. So far, President Obama has done an excellent job of laying out exactly what the Republicans don't want to talk about in public -- that when the federal budget is cut, it has real and lasting consequences to the American economy.

The Vision and the Budget

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

That budget needs to expand, to take on the challenges that the President has powerfully outlined. Yet that budget has been shrinking for thirty years, on a declining trajectory started by Reagan and continued by every president since then -- including Obama in his first term!

Why We Should Put Children and Families First During Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 02.10.2013 | Education
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Instead of sequestration, we must demand that policy makers develop a well-balanced plan, making critical decisions on revenue and spending that put children first!

Toss Wasteful Defense Weapons Programs Off the Cliff

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

No serious plan to address the deficit can go forward without defense spending reforms on the table. We need to rein in Pentagon spending after the last decade of unchecked increases, and spend our security dollars wisely.

The Romney-Ryan Budget: Reward the Rich, Punish the Rest

Terry O'Neill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Running throughout the Romney-Ryan budget is a suspicion that by helping people you make them weaker, that the poor are easily swayed into behaving irresponsibly. The sad thing is, Romney and Ryan are the irresponsible ones

Why Congress Lacks Easy Control Over Spending

Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics

More than half of all federal spending occurs automatically, without any congressional debate or vote. 55.5% of the federal budget, about $2 trillion,...

Government Spending on Autopilot: Prepare for the Crash

Lenwood Brooks | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Lenwood Brooks

Congress must take control of the federal budget process, which means taking responsibility for all spending programs to get the deficit under control. If Congress doesn't start relearning how to fly, we all need to be prepared for a fiscal crash.

Detroit Really Does Matter?

Daniel Cherrin | Posted 03.06.2012 | Detroit
Daniel Cherrin

Detroit and Detroiters changed the way people live, work and enjoy their lives. Detroit then and Detroit today, stands as an emblem of America's spirit.

Americans Tolerate Price Hikes On Everyday Products

AP | CHRISTINA REXRODE | Posted 01.26.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — The way Americans are chomping Big Macs, lacing up pricey sneakers and gulping peppermint mochas in this economy, you'd think they're...

Disappointing Reports of Deficit Plans That Target Vulnerable People

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

Democrats cannot keep putting cuts on the table that will hurt low-income people, only to see their package rejected by the Republicans, who are likely to adopt every spending cut proposal but little or none of the revenues.

Grim Realities in the Obama Budget Plan

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

Obama may be leaning against the right-wing juggernaut, but he is not changing its direction, only slightly blunting its force. He has already given in where it counts by agreeing with the Republicans in August to slash the core of the discretionary civilian budget.

Federal Agencies Warned To Prepare For More Cuts

AOL Government | Wyatt Kash | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

Federal agency and department leaders should plan for a 5 percent reduction in discretionary spending in fiscal year 2013, and prepare for more cuts -...

NY Times: Debt Deal Does 'Real Damage' At The Local Level

The New York Times | Editors | Posted 10.14.2011 | Business

States and cities had already endured a harrowing three-year financial slide when the debt-ceiling crisis darkened their outlooks even further. In the...

Joy Resmovits

What The Debt Deal Means For Kids In School

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.02.2011 | Education

Public schools around the country averted an immediate spending crisis when Congress voted Tuesday afternoon to pass an 11th-hour deal to raise the de...

The Boehner Proposal Does Contain Tax Increases... on Children

Ethan Pollack | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics
Ethan Pollack

The debt ceiling budgetary proposal put forth by House Speaker John Boehner includes a huge, hidden, and destructive tax increase on those least able to fight back, or even register their opposition: children.

De-Mystifying the Budget Debate

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

The White House and the Congress have completely sidelined the public in the budget processes. Numbers and plans are thrown around in order to obscure rather than clarify the choices being made behind closed doors.

Elise Foley

House Approves Bill With Massive Spending Cuts After All-Night Session

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***UPDATED*** WASHINGTON - After an all-night session, House Republicans early Saturday morning passed legislation that would slash $60 billion in ...

Paul Ryan's Budget: Unnecessary Pain With No Long-Term Gain

Andrew Fieldhouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Fieldhouse

It's not the non-security discretionary budget that is the culprit of today's deficit. But if enacted, Paul Ryan's proposed budget would have devastating consequences in those key public investments.

The 5-Year Spending Freeze: What Would It Mean?

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

President Barack Obama proposed a five-year freeze in government spending in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, but the actual significance ...

Welcome to Paul Ryan's House - and budget

Andrew Fieldhouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Fieldhouse

Not until recently, though, was Ryan's "Roadmap" paid much heed, but new rules passed at the beginning of the 112th Congress substantially empowered him as role as House Budget Committee Chairman.

The Real World vs. The Make Believe World

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert K. Lifton

The Kernen mantra that we should just "get government out of the way" disguises the problem with misdirection.

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.

The Top-Spending Cities In America (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 09.20.2011 | Business

Last year, residents of Arlington, Virginia might have done more to jump-start the economy than any other area in the nation. Consumer spending ac...