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Monday, October 20, 2008 - 6:01 PM

Our Executive Director, Bob Bixby, recently participated in an online discussion on the "National Journal's Expert Blogs" focused on whether there is room for fiscal stimulus in the budget, given the extraordinary change in the fiscal position of the government due to the economic downturn and the government's already unprecedented response. Here is his post:

"Yes, there is room for fiscal stimulus -- so long as it sticks to the principles of being timely, targeted and temporary. What we don’t have room for are permanent new policies, either on the spending or tax side, that aren’t paid for. While the very real threat of a serious and lengthy recession justifies deficit-financed stimulus in the near-term, we need to keep in mind that our underlying fiscal policy is already on an unsustainable track. Treating the short-term problem should do as little harm as possible to the long-term outlook. Economically speaking, we need to walk and chew gum at the same time.

The goal of additional fiscal stimulus is to boost consumption and avoid a deep recession. Since...

Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 12:33 PM

As I mentioned in our introductory post, The Concord Coalition is prominently featured in the documentary film, I.O.U.S.A.. One of the things that has struck me as the movie has gotten a lot of press is how eloquent the filmmaking team has become when talking about fiscal issues. These are individuals who had no real connection to fiscal policy or economics before they started making the movie and are now not just amazingly fluent in the policy details, but also incredibly passionate advocates for the cause of fiscal responsibility. You can read film director Patrick Creadon's thoughts on their journey in his guest post on EconomistMom.

--Josh Gordon

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 5:48 PM

On behalf of the staff here at The Concord Coalition, let me welcome you to our new blog. We hope this blog will provide a forum for us to bring you the latest news about Concord, highlight our fiscal policy positions, and report from the field. The last item is the one we felt our new website was most lacking, so we are hoping the blog will give us the opportunity to inform the public around the country what our field staff does and also what the citizens we encounter when we go around the country talking to schools, civic groups, and other community gatherings are most worried about when they think of the fiscal future and the importance of generationally responsible fiscal policy.

I want to thank our Chief Economist, Diane Lim Rogers, for keeping the seat warm here with her blog "EconomistMom.com" while we have worked on getting our new website up and running. She will continue her prolific blogging there, and will also be lending a hand here with posts highlighting her unique take on fiscal policy.

Many of you might wonder how we came up with the name for our blog and why we prominently feature a picture of an outdated soda can. For those of you who have seen the movie I.O.U.S.A. you probably already know that Concord...