Archive for the ‘Deficits, Debt and Taxes’ Category

There’s much to be said about the President’s new budget proposal…

February 2nd, 2015

…and here are some tasty items to get you started: My man Bob Greenstein holds forth here. I take an angle I haven’t seen elsewhere here, though I explicitly admit that I may be nuts. My other man, Paul Van de Water, points out in a tweet some hawkish commentators are neglecting the progress that’s… Read more

The 529 microcosm: a revealing political train wreck re an inefficient tax break

January 28th, 2015

This little train wreck over the White House’s proposal and then retraction of a plan to cut back on a wasteful yet beloved tax benefit is highly instructive. It’s a clear example of how much hot air there is in these fiscal debates, where policy makers and pundits scold everyone within earshot of the need… Read more

1) The deficit is down because of less spending and more revenues 2) themes in tax reform to worry about.

January 22nd, 2015

The picture I’m about to show you is not a shocker if you follow this sort of thing but I made it for a presentation this AM and damnit, I’m gonna use it! It shows federal gov’t spending and receipts since 2007, in dollars adjusted for both inflation and population growth. The deficit/GDP ratio’s in… Read more

Ed Kleinbard calls out “dynamic scoring”

January 3rd, 2015

There are many strong, substantive reasons to be worried about the use of “dynamic scoring” by the new Republican Congress. As Ed Kleinbard tells it in today’s NYT, the new majority is instructing the official scorekeepers of the revenue implications of tax changes to employ models that incorporate macroeconomic feedback. As I argued here, such… Read more