Archive for the 'Debt' Category

The Legend of Sequestivus and the Airing of Grievances.

By mw | Related entries in Budget, Congress, Debt, Deficit, Democrats, Obama, Republicans

A selection of public grievances in this first fortnight of the first season of Sequestivus. Motivated by a common desire to moderate or replace some of the sequester cuts, budget proposals are being prepared and presented by Senate Democrats and House Republicans. Unsurprisingly, they look nothing alike. Surprisingly we may actually get a compromise Grand Bargain that puts us on a sustainable fiscal path. The only certainty is that the airing of grievances will continue for the foreseeable future.

March 13th, 2013 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities still blaming Bush tax cuts for deficit even though they expired.

By mw | Related entries in Budget, Bush, Debt, Deficit, Divided Government, Fiscal Responsibility, Obama

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities are still calling the tax cuts and war expenses a “Bush Legacy” and attributing most of our current and future debt and deficit to GWB. They are simply not acknowledging the facts. The argument itself and the dubious premise are exactly the same as when first presented three years ago. What has changed are the facts about who is the author and owner of the policies they are tracking. And by ignoring these facts, the CBPP has moved from a dubious, “disingenuous” argument to outright misrepresentation and falsehood.

March 3rd, 2013 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

The sequester is not the problem. The sequester is [part of] the solution.

By mw | Related entries in Bad Decisions, Bipartisan, Budget, Congress, Debt, Deficit, Fiscal Responsibility, Obama

The “sequester” is not a crisis. The “sequester” is not the problem. The real problem is the massive growth in federal spending creating unsustainable deficits and debt that will be shouldered by generations to come. The “sequester” is a solution to a real problem facing America. That said, the “sequester” is not a great solution.The sequester cuts are not a smart way to address the spending problem. The sequester cuts are not adequate to solve the spending and unfunded liability disaster that looms in our entitlement programs. But the odds of getting anything smart out of this administration or this congress that makes even as little impact as do the sequester cuts are vanishingly small. Since it’s a bad bet to rely on our leaders for smart significant cuts, let us at least bank the cuts they already passed.

February 19th, 2013 | Permalink| 26 Comments »

It’s unsustainable, stupid.

By mw | Related entries in Debt, Deficit, Divided Government, europe, Fiscal Responsibility, Health Care, Obama, Romney

In the 1992 presidential campaign, James Carville’s motivational meme “It’s the economy, stupid.” perfectly encapsulated the key issue of the election. In 2012 “It’s unsustainable, tuip”. You may not like the Romney/Ryan plans for dealing with our unsustainable spending, debt and entitlements, but at least it is a substantive plan and they are willing to talk about it during this campaign. If the Democrats and the Obama administration have a sustainable fiscal plan for the United States government I don’t know what it is, and they sure seem reluctant to talk about putting anything meaningful on the table. The easiest thing for the President to do would be to embrace the Simpson-Bowles plan. It was his commission. It was his idea. If the 2012 presidential election comes down to a choice between a candidate with a serious plan to get us out of this morass vs. a candidate that appears to ignore it – the man with the plan wins.

August 22nd, 2012 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Debt Collection Infographic – What You Need To Know

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Debt, Economic crisis, Economic recovery, Economy, Infographic, Money

During the past decade many Americans have faced a reality where their debt has exceeded their income, sometimes through no fault of their own. So when I saw an infographic come in about how consumers can protect themsleves, I thought it would be interesting to share. This from the creator, Frugal Dad: Collector abuse is […]

June 19th, 2012 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

When “Bad” Bipartisanship Happens to “Good” Partisans

By mw | Related entries in Bipartisan, Debt, Deficit, Democrats, Divided Government, Partisan Nonsense, Republicans

Conventional Wisdom in both main stream and non-traditional media have passed judgement on both the debt ceiling legislation and the bipartisan deficit reduction super committee it begat. Conventional Wisdom informs us that we have seen this movie before and we know how it ends. Conventional Wisdom tells us the bipartisan Super Committee will fail. Problem being – Conventional Wisdom is wrong.

August 23rd, 2011 | Permalink| 22 Comments »

H&R Block Founder: The Rich Need To Pay More Taxes

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Debt, Money, Republicans, Smart Things Said By Smart People, Taxes

In an op-ed I HOPE will get picked up across the country, Henry Bloch explains why taxes need to be raised on the rich ASAP. From KC Star: I do not understand some Republicans’ resistance to the idea of tax increases on the wealthy. The argument we have been hearing from some politicians about the […]

August 2nd, 2011 | Permalink| 30 Comments »

SPOILER ALERT! How the debt ceiling “crisis” ends.

By mw | Related entries in Boehner, Budget, Debt, Deficit, Divided Government, Fiscal Responsibility, Obama

The compromise will include some formula for revenue increases, (probably in the form eliminating deductions while reducing rates), it will include cuts to the military, and it will include deep meaningful and substantial cuts in spending in the overall budget. And the compromise will be agreed on the brink of default to no one’s satisfaction. In the meantime, we have six weeks of Kabuki theater to enjoy while the eventual compromise is hammered out. Both tribes will have ample opportunity to point at the feckless hypocrisy of the other. Enjoy the show.

July 27th, 2011 | Permalink| 27 Comments »

Obama Vs. Bush: A Debt Illustration

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Debt, Democrats, Obama, Republicans

I’m not trying to lay blame, but context about who has added more to this problem is important. Because Republicans voted to raise the debt ceiling every single time it came up under Bush 2.0 and now they’re not so cooperative. NY Times has more: A few lessons can be drawn from the numbers. First, […]

July 25th, 2011 | Permalink| 38 Comments »

Gang Of Six’s Reasonable $3.7T Debt Plan Calls Republicans’ Bluff

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Bipartisan, Debt, Deficit, Democrats, Obama, Republicans

Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) just may have come up with something to bridge the gap between Dmes and the Repubs on the debt ceiling negotiations. It even has Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) coming back to the table… “The plan has moved significantly, and it’s […]

July 19th, 2011 | Permalink| 25 Comments »