Blog Post

Debt Is a No-Show at First Debate

September 27, 2016

The first segment of the first presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump was dedicated to achieving prosperity.

That provided an opportunity for the moderator to ask about -- and the candidates to talk about -- their respective plans for putting the nation’s projected debt on a sustainable path. It’s hard to see how prosperity can be achieved, or long maintained, with a debt that is projected to reach unsustainable levels.

Unfortunately, the subject was not discussed.

Issue Brief

Uncertainty in Economic Projections

While projections by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for rising federal deficits are troubling enough, a recent CBO blog post offers an important reminder of the uncertainties invol

Blog Post

In Capitol Hill Meetings, Signs of Real Interest in Fiscal Reform

August 27, 2015

It has been easy for advocates of generationally responsible tax and spending policies to look at Capitol Hill with dismay for the past few years. A few consequences of inaction and lack of bipartisanship include:

  • A complete breakdown in the federal budget process.

  • Continued struggles to replace arbitrary, shortsighted caps on discretionary spending with smarter deficit reduction.