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Democrats need to change the deficit debate. Here’s how.

The Senate agreed not to agree on how to keep the government funded this afternoon. The Republican bill failed 44 to 56. The Democratic bill failed 42 to 58. Note that the Democratic bill got fewer votes in a chamber...

By Ezra Klein  | March 9, 2011; 7:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Grover Norquist: ‘The goal is to reduce the size and scope of government spending, not to focus on the deficit’

Grover Norquist is the president of Americans for Tax Reform and one of the most influential conservative activists in the country. There has been a series of reports recently that he’s fighting to keep Republicans from striking a “grand bargain”...

By Ezra Klein  | March 9, 2011; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Where’s halfway on spending?

John Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel e-mails to ask whether “the White House is meeting Republicans ‘halfway’ on spending cuts — as they said again in their Statement of Administration Policy on H.R. 1 today — are they going to destroy between 100,000 and 350,000 jobs, depending on whose number you use?”

By Ezra Klein  | March 9, 2011; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Are state pensions underfunded? And if so, what should we do about it?

Tyler Cowen read Dean Baker's take on state pensions and says he prefers Josh Barro's more alarmed assessment. I read Barro's piece and was surprised to find that it agreed, in many respects, with Baker's piece, though the two articles...

By Ezra Klein  | March 2, 2011; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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What you need to know about state pension systems

Let's forget about unions and collective bargaining. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says this is all about state pension funds. So let's take a look at them. This paper (PDF) by Dean Baker is one of the clearest examinations of...

By Ezra Klein  | March 1, 2011; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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What the GAO thinks we can do without

The Government Accountability Office has released a more than 300-page report tallying up 34 areas in which the government has duplicative, fragmented or overlapping programs, and an additional 47 areas where better management or spending decisions could save us money...

By Ezra Klein  | March 1, 2011; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Older Entries in This Category »

How is the GOP planning to create jobs, again?, Ezra Klein , February 28, 2011
The budget battles of the '90s in two paragraphs, Ezra Klein , February 28, 2011
Can you win the future without reducing war?, Ezra Klein , February 24, 2011
A good moment for a grand bargain?, Ezra Klein , February 17, 2011
Handicapping a 'grand bargain', Ezra Klein , February 17, 2011
Was Simpson-Bowles really so great? , Ezra Klein , February 16, 2011
Can the White House tackle the deficit?, Ezra Klein , February 15, 2011
The White House's 'two big theories of action', Ezra Klein , February 15, 2011
Two budget dodges to watch for, Ezra Klein , February 14, 2011
Why cover the budget at all? (Plus: E2I2!), Ezra Klein , February 14, 2011
The GOP's budget cuts in one table, Ezra Klein , February 10, 2011
How much more should the states cut?, Ezra Klein , February 9, 2011
Getting specific about discretionary cuts, Ezra Klein , February 3, 2011
Spending cuts as culture war, Ezra Klein , January 25, 2011
It's not (just) about the deficit, Ezra Klein , January 17, 2011
After the debt ceiling vote fails, Ezra Klein , January 14, 2011
Towards better budget hawks, Ezra Klein , January 10, 2011
What a debt default would mean, Ezra Klein , January 7, 2011
Column: America's other deficit, Ezra Klein , January 3, 2011
Cuts or investments at the State of the Union?, Ezra Klein , December 21, 2010
The Democrats hand over more hostages, Ezra Klein , December 20, 2010
Deficit hawks vs. deficit frauds, Ezra Klein , December 15, 2010
Andy Stern takes on America's second deficit, Ezra Klein , December 2, 2010
The failure of Simpson-Bowles, Ezra Klein , November 18, 2010
Four possible deals on the Bush tax cuts, Ezra Klein , November 15, 2010
Four budget calculators, one story, Ezra Klein , November 15, 2010
The small-government vision of Bowles-Simpson, Ezra Klein , November 15, 2010
The Simpson-Bowles plan for capping stuff, Ezra Klein , November 12, 2010
There is no report from the fiscal commission, Ezra Klein , November 10, 2010
The fiscal commission reports -- sort of, Ezra Klein , November 10, 2010
Divided government and deficits in one graph, Ezra Klein , October 27, 2010
Americans prefer tax increases to benefit cuts, Ezra Klein , October 18, 2010
What to do about state pensions, Ezra Klein , October 13, 2010
How much can we blame on state pensions?, Ezra Klein , October 12, 2010
Shouldn't taxpayers get a receipt?, Ezra Klein , September 30, 2010
How to balance the budget through spending cuts, Ezra Klein , September 24, 2010
There's no such thing as easy spending cuts, Ezra Klein , September 24, 2010
Why we have a budget problem, Ezra Klein , September 24, 2010
Cut Medicare first, Ezra Klein , September 22, 2010
Yes, tax cuts increase the deficit, Ezra Klein , September 15, 2010
On tax cuts, Democrats win, deficit loses, Ezra Klein , September 13, 2010
A better way to test deficit credentials, Ezra Klein , September 10, 2010
Rogoff and Reinhart strike back, Ezra Klein , August 11, 2010
Tax cuts and tanks require real money, Ezra Klein , August 2, 2010
The six-for-six compromise, Ezra Klein , August 2, 2010
Blame the states?, Ezra Klein , August 2, 2010
Food stamps cont'd, Ezra Klein , July 30, 2010
Pete Peterson speaks, Ezra Klein , July 30, 2010
The White House's capitulation on deficits, Ezra Klein , July 16, 2010
OMB, ACA, CBO and the deficit, Ezra Klein , July 8, 2010
The case for austerity, and our case, Ezra Klein , July 7, 2010
Don't just sit there. Do nothing., Ezra Klein , July 1, 2010
The Bush administration's fiscal record, Ezra Klein , June 30, 2010
A progressive budget calculator, Ezra Klein , June 29, 2010
Missing the deficit opportunity, Ezra Klein , June 21, 2010
Column: Meet the anti-stimulus, Ezra Klein , June 18, 2010
Grim growth forecasts, Ezra Klein , June 17, 2010
Stimulus isn't free, Ezra Klein , June 14, 2010
Worst-of-both-worlds fiscal policy, Ezra Klein , June 14, 2010
Where are the deficit deals?, Ezra Klein , June 14, 2010
Deficit politics, Ezra Klein , June 11, 2010
Deficits and reckless minorities, Ezra Klein , June 11, 2010
Department of Corrections, Ezra Klein , May 19, 2010
Where's all the debt coming from?, Ezra Klein , May 17, 2010
The 2020 budget, Ezra Klein , May 17, 2010
Chuck Grassley's odd accounting, Ezra Klein , May 5, 2010
Notes on CBO skepticism, Ezra Klein , March 19, 2010
Dueling Republican op-eds, Ezra Klein , March 2, 2010
Sins of commission, Ezra Klein , February 19, 2010
The budget in boxes, Ezra Klein , February 8, 2010
Was the CBO too kind to Paul Ryan's budget?, Ezra Klein , February 5, 2010
Obama's deficit problem, Ezra Klein , February 5, 2010
The strange politics of Kent Conrad, Ezra Klein , February 4, 2010
The spending freeze vs. health-care reform, Ezra Klein , February 2, 2010
The budget and the bureaucracy, Ezra Klein , February 2, 2010
Rep. Paul Ryan's daring budget proposal, Ezra Klein , February 1, 2010
Oldies but goodies in the budget, Ezra Klein , February 1, 2010
Obama's budget problem, and ours, Ezra Klein , February 1, 2010
The defense budget should be frozen, Ezra Klein , January 27, 2010
The little commission that couldn't, cont'd., Ezra Klein , January 27, 2010
How dumb are the bond markets?, Ezra Klein , January 26, 2010
Taking the freeze seriously, Ezra Klein , January 26, 2010
Rachel Maddow vs. Jared Bernstein, Ezra Klein , January 26, 2010
Surprise! We got you a spending freeze., Ezra Klein , January 26, 2010
Mr. Freeze, Ezra Klein , January 25, 2010
The deficit commission cometh, Ezra Klein , January 20, 2010
Congressional inaction isn't an option, Ezra Klein , January 14, 2010
Deficit update, Ezra Klein , January 11, 2010
More than cutting and taxing, Ezra Klein , January 7, 2010
Happy Holidays to the CBO, Ezra Klein , December 29, 2009
And the Californiacation of America continues, Ezra Klein , December 23, 2009
Baucus slams the Conrad-Gregg deficit commission, Ezra Klein , December 11, 2009
The little commission that couldn't, Ezra Klein , December 9, 2009
Can Congress cut Medicare costs?, Ezra Klein , December 4, 2009
Deficit reduction in practice, Ezra Klein , December 2, 2009
Budgeting for TARP, Ezra Klein , December 2, 2009
The possibility of deficit reduction, Ezra Klein , November 25, 2009
The CBO puts $900 billion in perspective, Ezra Klein , November 19, 2009
A 5 percent chance of another Great Depression?, Ezra Klein , November 17, 2009
Cutting the deficit, Ezra Klein , November 13, 2009
CBO: Don't trust the CBO, Ezra Klein , November 13, 2009
Doug Elmendorf calls out the American people, Ezra Klein , November 11, 2009
Budget context, Ezra Klein , November 2, 2009
How the CBO would estimate your grocery list, Ezra Klein , October 19, 2009
More on the Deficit Double-Standard, Ezra Klein , September 4, 2009
Deficits and Democrats, Ezra Klein , September 4, 2009
The Coming Budget Battle, Ezra Klein , August 25, 2009
Three Ways to Look at the Budget Review, Ezra Klein , August 25, 2009
How to Think About the CBO, Ezra Klein , July 29, 2009
The Mid-Session Budget Review, Ezra Klein , July 22, 2009
The Government's Rearview Driver, Ezra Klein , June 23, 2009
Paying, Going, Ezra Klein , June 11, 2009
Your Deficit in Charts, Ezra Klein , June 10, 2009
The Most Pernicious Phrase in Washington, Ezra Klein , May 21, 2009
 
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