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Researched and written by George Linzer

Reviewed by Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and William Gale

Published on November 5, 2019

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Progress Updates

Is Now the Time to Expand Medicare?

2021-10-12T12:56:40-05:00October 10th, 2021|

President Biden’s proposal to add three new benefits ignores concerns over looming Medicare insolvency and our historically high national debt.

Pushing for Real Policy Debate

2021-10-10T10:53:41-05:00October 1st, 2021|

When we interviewed Maya MacGuineas earlier this year, she made her case for real policy debate by putting serious ideas on the table and challenging others to do the same. We couldn't include them all in our profile of her, so we decided to excerpt some of her comments here.

Hyperventilating Over the Debt Ceiling

2021-10-10T10:55:32-05:00September 8th, 2021|

Raising the debt ceiling will make Congress confront past spending decisions, but puts no limits on future spending despite claims by some congressional leaders.

Biden’s Budget Blues or Effective Balancing Act?

2021-09-08T13:19:05-05:00July 14th, 2021|

President Biden has decisively answered one of the most critical early questions of his administration, making plain that increased public investment in response to the pandemic-induced economic crisis will be his priority rather than curbing the growth of the national debt.

Leader Profiles

Maya MacGuineas: Fiscal Warrior, Systems Fixer

2021-10-01T09:40:37-05:00

Despite her reputation as a debt hawk, Maya MacGuineas was an early advocate for pandemic relief spending, and has launched FixUS to address a broken political system that has failed to exercise fiscal responsibility.

Ross Perot: Early Advocate for Fiscal Responsibility

2021-09-30T08:54:35-05:00

In 1992, billionaire entrepreneur Ross Perot put fiscal responsibility and the national debt on the political radar during his third-party campaign for President. At the time, the debt had doubled in a decade to 47% of GDP. Perot believed this to be unsustainable.

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