Expert Panel Discusses Fiscal Solutions

Submitted by swinn on Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:44

A recent panel discussion in Washington underscored the fiscal and economic challenges facing the country but also pointed towards possible solutions and ways to protect the country now and in the future.

There was considerable agreement among the panelists that Washington’s fundamental budget problems were clear and could -- with sufficient political will and public engagement --  still be fixed.

Remembering McCain, a Straight-Talking Hero

Submitted by swinn on Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:30

During the latest edition of Facing the Future Steve Duprey, a longtime friend of the late Senator John McCain, discussed his legacy. Duprey, a New Hampshire businessman and Republican national committeeman, also touched on midterm election results and the New Hampshire primary in 2020.

Duprey praised McCain’s character and approach to politics.

“He was willing to admit when he made a mistake in judgment or fell short of his own expectations of how he should handle something,” Duprey said.

More Deficit-Financed Tax Cuts Would Be Irresponsible

Submitted by swinn on Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:17

A last-minute Republican plan to extend certain tax breaks and create some new ones appears to face dim prospects this month. Time is running short for the lame-duck Congress, and a scheduled House vote was postponed on Friday.

Senate passage of the proposed tax legislation seems unlikely even if the House were to approve it.

Defense Spending: How Much Is Needed?

Submitted by swinn on Tue, 11/27/2018 - 10:29

A bipartisan commission recently released a report filled with alarming language about the country’s ability to defend itself against China, Russia and other threats.

“The security and well-being of the United States are at greater risk than at any time in decades,” said the commission, which was appointed by Congress to review the Trump administration’s National Defense Strategy.

Proposals Fall Short on Budget Process Reform

Submitted by swinn on Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:00

Amid bipartisan frustration over the federal budget process, Congress early this year created a special committee to develop reforms that could enable lawmakers to pass spending bills on schedule and in a more effective and thoughtful manner.

There were high hopes that the eight Democrats and eight Republicans on the committee would present sweeping recommendations.