Former Oklahoma 1st District Congressman and CRFB Board Member Jim Jones penned an op-ed in today's Tulsa World calling for policymakers to put everything on the table for a plan to replace the fiscal cliff. Many members of Congress have just come off tough races, but as we saw yesterday the leadership in both chambers appears to be looking for a compromise.
Urban Institute Fellow and CRFB Board Member Gene Steuerle points out the great confusion in the recent Medicare debate. Both President Obama and Governor Romney are accusing each other of seeking to cut Medicare to the great loss for seniors.
Urban Institute Fellow and CRFB board member Gene Steuerle laments the presidential candidates' overpromising this election season, particularly on fiscal policy. According to Steuerle, neither President Obama or Governor Romney has laid out enough details to back their promises or reduce the deficit. In fact, sometimes the details seem to make promise of fiscal responsiblity harder to keep.
Former U.S. Comptroller General and CRFB Board Member David Walker has been busy traveling across the country on Comeback America's fiscal responsiblity bus tour. But instead of displaying a national debt clock, he prefers an alternative number, a measure of unfunded liabilities he calls the "Burden Baromenter."
Eugene Steuerle has a tongue-in-cheek post in his "The Government We Deserve" blog on why Americans should choose him as President after last night's debate. In it, he satirizes some of the more petty and political aspects of the debates and the 2012 campaigns more broadly.
CRFB President Maya MacGuineas writes in today's The Hill that as Congress returns home for another recess, there is plenty of evidence that continuing to kick the can down the road will no longer work.
In today's Financial Times, former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors durign President Clinton's Administration and CRFB board member Laura Tyson writes that tax reform represents a deficit reduction opportunity that both parties can agree on.
Former Senator and CRFB board member Judd Gregg (R-NH) writes in today's The Hill that former President Bill Clinton's call for bipartisanship may be one of the most important messages for this election and the next Congress. Gregg says that the country's tremendous fiscal problem represents so many difficult choices that it will be highly unlikely for one party to be able to impose their will in passing a solution.
CRFB board member Barry Anderson, along with Steve Bell of the Bipartisan Policy Center and Joe Minarik of the Committee for Economic Development, write in today's The Hill that letting the country go off the cliff and cleaning up the mess later would create even more problems for Congress.