Budget and Deficit
Six Challenges Facing Tax Reform
President Trump appears more excited about tax reform than health care reform, but he will face some of the same challenges--and perhaps even more.
The Debt Ceiling's Baaaaack! What Will Republicans Do?
Republicans challenged President Obama efforts to raise the debt ceiling by demanding spending cuts. Now that the debt ceiling is back and Republicans are in control, will they be as aggressive in pushing spending cuts?
Will Single-Payer Health Care Be California's Next Big Fiscal Crisis?
As Institute for Policy Innovation scholar Merrill Matthews recently noted in these pages, a number of states have tried to impose single-payer health plans on their citizens and failed.
On Tax Reform, You Can't Expense What You Can't Afford
Congressional leaders need to remember that the goal of tax reform is increased growth through increased business investment.
The Republican Replace Plan Is Unlikely to Lower Health Insurance Costs
Obamacare abandoned actuarial principles, which is a primary reason why the health insurance exchanges are collapsing. The Republican replace plan does the same thing.
Both Sides Now, Nonsensically
“The public tends to focus on the total national debt, which just passed the $17 trillion mark — up from $10.6 trillion when President Obama took office,” explained Matthews.
Conservative Think Tank Wants to Reduce US Prison Population - Here's How
The president of a Texas-based conservative think tank is speaking out against the high rate of incarceration in the United States, arguing that the annual cost to house inmates is not fiscally responsible and that the intended outcome is not the same as the actual result.
The Costs of Revenue Neutrality
Some argue that tax reform must be revenue neutral so that it doesn't cost the economy. But revenue neutral tax reform will have significant costs as well.
Big, Credible Tax Reform
Republicans should not trap themselves within the strait jacket of revenue neutrality--the goal is economic growth.
Trump Needs to Cut $10 Trillion in Federal Spending
President Trump is reportedly considering a plan that cuts up to $10 trillion in federal spending over 10 years; and if he gets his tax cuts passed, he'll need every penny to balance the budget.
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