The Truth About the Safety Net

President Donald Trump’s budget, like all presidential budgets before it, arrived just in time to attend its own funeral. The power of the purse rests with the House, so the president’s budget is best understood as a statement of priorities, a powerful message that sets the tone for the coming negotiations. President Trump’s budget is…
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Donald Trump’s Taxpayer First Budget

Presidential budgets are political statements. A few are designed to set out a negotiating position, to pull members of both parties closer to the White House’s view of how the government should be spending the taxpayers money. Most are simply statements of political priorities, attempts at making policy points that the president feels are important…
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The Media Have Become Defenders of the Status Quo

Reform is meant to be hard. After all, things like health care and tax policy are infinitely complex, with overlapping incentives and disincentives created by an intricate web of legislation, regulation and economic behaviors. But it’s been made nearly impossible by a media who seems wedded to the status quo, regardless of the long-term impact.…
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Why All the Hubbub Over Donald Trump’s Budget?

President Donald Trump, as we’ve learned by now, is unlike most presidents. In that respect, did we really expect him to offer up a “traditional” budget? “There aren’t a lost of examples of presidents coming in and saying, ‘I’m going to eliminate this program and that program and cut a whole bunch of programs back…
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Donald Trump’s Budget is a Statement of His Priorities

Congress is usually not kind to presidential budgets. That historical pattern is unlikely to change with President Trump’s recently released “America First” budget. As conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News: This is a budget, like every other one I’ve seen in decades that I’ve been here, it is dead on arrival at Capitol…
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Tax and Spend is Still the Trend in Democrats’ 2015 Budget

Cutting $5.5 trillion in projected spending isn’t easy. Oxen are gored, third rails are grasped, and sacred cows are slaughtered. But House Republicans opted for the harder path in their budget, which was released earlier this month. They understood the political difficulty of identifying wasteful programs and either reforming or ending them, but they also…
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The GOP’s Budget and the Road Less Traveled

If there is one thing you need to know about the House budget plan that was introduced on Tuesday it’s this: It balances in nine years by cutting $5.5 trillion in projected spending over the next decade. Cutting isn’t easy. It requires making difficult, often politically unpopular choices because it inevitably requires someone’s favored program…
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President Obama’s Deeply Unserious Budget

President Obama has made an art form out of trolling. Nearly every “major” policy announcement the White House has made over the last several years has been little more than a blatant attempt to enflame the GOP’s base, at which point Democrats just sit around and watch marshmallows as conservatives burn with fury. He did…
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Obama’s Liberal Grab-Bag of a Budget

The New York Time’s headline sums up everything you need to know about President Obama’s latest budget: “Obama’s Budget Is a Populist Wish List and an Election Blueprint.” And the Times wasn’t alone. “[T]he plan, with its list of domestic initiatives, will serve as a campaign-ready agenda for Democrats,” writes the Los Angeles Times. “Every…
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Obama Calling for End to the Imaginary “Era of Austerity”

Over the last several years there has been a troubling increase in the diagnosis of attention deficit disorder. But over the same timespan Washington has suffered from an acute case of deficit attention disorder, which is to say that policymakers can’t seem to stay focused on the important task of reducing our unsustainable deficits. Republicans…
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