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National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

Adopting a Policy of "Peace through (Economic) Strength"

Edward Headington | Posted 02.27.2013 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

We cannot tax cut our way to prosperity any more than we can tax and spend our way into fiscal nirvana. It requires a balanced approach of sensible spending cuts, substantive entitlement reforms and negotiated tax increases.

Alan Simpson: Quit Politicizing 'The Poor'

The Huffington Post | Ian Gray and Daniel Lippman | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. Senator and co-chairman of President Barack Obama's deficit commission Alan Simpson told an audience Tuesday that politicia...

How So-Called Deficit Experts Would Destroy Our Already Broken Pension System

Jane White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane White

My household is currently one of millions of victims of a counterintuitive retirement policy. Why should any American be forced to bankroll their own retirement -- as opposed to their employers?

The Deficit Commission Report: A Good Start, But Only a Start

Gary Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Johnson

While the Deficit Commission's report may be bold, it isn't bold enough. Eliminating waste won't do it. We need to cut what government does, not just what it spends trying to do it.

Attention Deficit Disorder

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

The Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform ended its work not with a bang or a whimper, but, as Co-Chair Alan Simpson put it, by taking a "big...

Wasteful Development Subsidies Among Cuts Proposed by Debt Commission

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Anderson

If Congress really wants to rebuild our economy and spur job growth they should start by cutting federal subsidies that incentivize wasteful development and bankrupt our communities.

It's Not Raining, We're Getting Peed On (4): The Scam of the Deficit Crisis

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

Over the past three days, we've looked at the phony deficit crisis withe excerpts from my new book, "It's Not Raining, We're Getting Peed On: The S...

It's Not Raining, We're Getting Peed On (3): The Scam of the Deficit Crisis

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jonathan Tasini

Today, as the Catfood Commission unveiled its final report, I'll look at some of the people behind pushing the phony "crisis" within an excerpt from the next chapter of my book.

It's Not Raining, We're Getting Peed on (II): The Scam of the Deficit Crisis

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

When the budget crisis fanatics say we have no money because government has a "structural deficit," it's just not true. We have a bigger deficit now because we let a bunch of Wall Street gamblers play fast and loose with the rules.

A Progressive Budget Plan: Job Creation and Fiscal Sustainability

Andrew Fieldhouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Fieldhouse

The recession is not a justification for fiscal austerity, but rather an opportunity to show how investing in the American economy can help us grow our way out of tough fiscal times.

It's Not Raining, We're Getting Peed On (1): The Scam of the Deficit Crisis

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

The government's deficit and debt are not a big crisis. It's not even a little crisis. It's not a crisis at all. What is most disturbing is how man...

The Deficit Commission's Best Chance at Containing Rising Health-Care Costs

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kenneth Thorpe

If President Obama's deficit commission wants to move America in the right budgetary direction, it needs to take a hard and careful look at the nation...

The Midterm Elections and Medicare For All

Dr. Quentin Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Quentin Young

There are a number of candidates running for office this November who support single-payer legislation, both incumbents and challengers.

Prevention $aves: Making the Debt Commission Advance Social Good

Chris Norwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Norwood

Savings through prevention have the consistent advantage of forcing us to focus on building a country that works better for its citizens.

It Is About the Dependency Ratio

Samuel H. Williamson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Samuel H. Williamson

No matter how rich they are, everyone who is not working depends on workers to produce goods and services for consumption.

Sacred Tax Cows: It's Them or Us

Edward D. Kleinbard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edward D. Kleinbard

Everyone likes certain tax breaks but we much choose: we can maintain our herd of hideously expensive tax sacred cows, or we can sacrifice them and set the country on the path to fiscal health.

Will You Run Out of Money Before You Run Out of Years to Live?

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark Miller

Some changes to Social Security are inevitable. But the debate should include discussion of benefits adequacy and revenue increases -- not just benefit cuts.

Raising Social Security Age Reduces Benefits While Increasing Risks

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

It takes colossal gall to propose, during a period of near-record unemployment, forcing older people to work longer by cutting their Social Security benefits and calling that "reform."

Rx on Medicare's Birthday: Expand it to All

Dr. Quentin Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Quentin Young

By replacing our crazy-quilt, inefficient system of private health insurers with a streamlined, publicly financed single-payer program, we would reap enormous savings.

America Speaks on Long-Term Deficit Reduction

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

In just two hours, about half of the diverse table groups that took part in the America Speaks National Town Meeting were able to find enough common ground to reduce the deficit in 2025 by $1.2 trillion.

Here Comes Wall Street's Attack on Social Security

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Miller

Former CEO of Lehman Bros. convenes a fiscal summit for aggressive cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits. In a hard times economy, we need to protect Social Security's future.

Social Security "Reform" Doesn't Protect the Young, Hurts Us All

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

Social Security "reform" advocates like former Senator Alan Simpson claim they will shield young people from future tax burdens. Simultaneously they a...

Has Obama Created A Social Security 'Death Panel'?

Nieman Watchdog | Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama and the leadership in Congress have delegated enormous, unaccountable authority to 18 unrepresentative, inordinately wealthy individua...

The Return of Alan Simpson

George Mitrovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Mitrovich

Alan Simpson is an inspired appointment for President Obama's deficit commission. Among decent men and women he's one of the most beloved and respected figures in American politics.