CRFB Releases and Events
While all eyes (for now) are on the President's State of the Union address tomorrow night, the true test of President Obama's fiscal priorities will come in the FY 2012 President's Budget. Hopefully, we'll get a peek in his speech tomorrow night about what will be included in the FY 2012 budget. Today, CRFB released a statement of what we would like to see in that budget in order to put our country back on a sustainable fiscal path.
How do you want Washington to get our country's fiscal house in order?
CRFB's Fiscal Roadmap Project has just launched a new "Voices of America" video contest that will let you submit your own view about our fiscal problems and how you would solve them. With a $14 trillion debt and red ink as far as the eye can see, we want to hear from you on this important issue.
TV stars have the Emmys, athletes have the ESPYs, now budget wonks have a major award to call their own.
Happy New Year, and what a year we've had!
With a real lack of fiscal sanity running around Washington lately, it's truly refreshing and encouraging to see someone break from party lines, special interests, and all other shackles to make decisions about what's best for our country's fiscal health down the road. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has been doing just that.
James T. Lynn, a member of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget board and former budget director in the Ford administration died Dec. 6 in Bethesda, MD. Mr. Lynn was 83 years old and died as a result of complications from a stroke. During the Nixon administration, Mr. Lynn served as general counsel and undersecretary at the Department of Commerce before becoming secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1975, President Ford tapped Mr. Lynn as director of the Office of Management and Budget.
We at CRFB have been calling for people to Get Specific on ways to deal with our long-term fiscal crisis for quite some time. Well, since that has finally started to happen and deficit reduction plans seem to be in vogue (which couldn’t make CRFB happier), the second stage of the process, seeing where the plans intersect, is now beginning. And to start this process, we have a new paper that will help.
Getting to real solutions to the fiscal challenges facing the country requires asking the right questions. Today CRFB offered “Ten Questions to Ask the Candidates” in order to move the election rhetoric away from the grandstanding and finger-pointing that are dominating the campaign.