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DLC | New Dem Dispatch | October 2, 2007
Elephants With Very Short Memories
It's time to end the fiscal madness, and a good starting point is to expose the GOP's ludicrous efforts to claim the mantle of fiscal sanity.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch | July 20, 2007
Idea of the Week: A Progressive Economic Message
There is truly a choice to be made in handling our country's econonic challenges between a populism that relies on Americans' fears, and a progressivism that seeks positively to turn fear into hope.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch | June 11, 2007
CIA Plan Blows Cover on Contractor Costs
We applaud the CIA for planning to trim its contractor staffing by 10 percent. It's a step in the right direction for all federal agencies.


The Politico | Opinion | May 22, 2007
Debt Adds Up to National Security Deficit
By Paul Weinstein Jr.
The 2008 campaign is already defining itself as a contest over how to solve the problems George W. Bush will leave behind. To the long list of messes the next president will have to mop up, add another: the astonishing growth of America's budget deficit.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch | May 2, 2007
Idea of the Week: Why and How To Restore Fiscal Responsibility
Two new PPI reports provide a progressive argument for fiscal discipline, and a new path to a federal government that can meet the big challenges without showering benefits on special interests or imposing unfair costs on present and future middle-class taxpayers.


PPI | Policy Report | April 30, 2007
Return to Fiscal Responsibility II
By Paul Weinstein Jr. and Katie McMinn Campbell
Here is a detailed blueprint for reducing the Bush deficits by $1.88 trillion over the next 10 years with a hit list of spending cuts, steps to restore budget discipline, and tax reform that will make a down payment on restoring progressivity and fairness.


PPI | Policy Report | April 30, 2007
Why Deficits Still Matter
By Austan Goolsbee
Deficit reduction now functions as a crucial insurance policy against global financial shocks and over-reliance on foreign lenders, as well as national emergencies such as Hurricane Katrina's devastation of the Gulf Coast.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 23, 2007
Running on Empty
By Paul Weinstein Jr. and Katie McMinn Campbell
Bush has busted the federal budget. Here's how Democrats can save $1.8 trillion and restore some fiscal order.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch | February 7, 2006
The Bush Budget: It Doesn't Add Up
We cannot afford to simultaneously fight and win the war on terror, meet the country's basic domestic needs, and permanently relieve the wealthiest Americans of a significant share of the national tax burden. Even with the kind of dishonest accounting the administration is once again relying upon, the numbers just don't add up.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch | December 14, 2005
Grinch Priorities
The leaders of this Congress have made it pretty clear that their holiday wish list includes a nice big stocking for its partisan constituencies, and a lump of coal for everybody else.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch | October 27, 2005
Bushonomics: The Debate the GOP Avoids
Bushonomics is based on avoiding all the issues raised in this week's DLC forum on fiscal responsibility, but the debate the administration refuses to acknowledge must be taken to the American people.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch | September 21, 2005
Financing the Katrina Recovery
We can keep borrowing to fulfill the GOP's manic drive to comfort the already comforted, or see if just maybe the wealthiest Americans can get by with their current income and begin meeting the challenges facing our country.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch | March 16, 2005
PAYGO, Or No Go, On the Budget
PAYGO worked before, it can work again; and it's a useful tool for reforming a Congress that's lost its grip on the basics of fiscal arithmetic.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch | February 8, 2005
An Unserious Budget
The president's budget for the next fiscal year has been trumpeted by administration officials as a big new departure signaling that George W. Bush and the Republican Party are finally getting serious about the fiscal calamity they have engineered over the last four years. It is nothing of the sort.


DLC | New Dem Daily | January 14, 2005
Idea of the Week: New Tools for Budget Reform
Democrats should champion a whole new generation of budget reform proposals tailored to the extreme nature of the current fiscal crisis, and to the underlying abandonment by the GOP of the bipartisan commitment to fiscal discipline that produced such spectacular results during the Clinton administration.


DLC | New Dem Daily | January 4, 2005
Assuming Away the Budget Crisis
The fiscal chicken hawks of the Bush administration have shown once again they are not serious about coming to grips with the federal budget crisis, or even admitting its existence. It's time for the opposition to step up to the plate and provide some real leadership.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | December 13, 2004
Fiscal Salvation
By Paul Weinstein Jr.
Democrats can lead the way to fiscal responsibility and become the nation's reform party.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | October 7, 2004
As Far As The Eye Can See ...
By Paul Weinstein Jr.
While most Americans are forced to live within their means, the Bush administration does not feel similarly constrained. That's unfortunate for us, because we and our children will have to pick up the tab.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | October 7, 2004
Empty Economics
By Robert D. Atkinson
Given the importance of securing our nation's fiscal future, it's surprising how much misunderstanding exists about it, both among the commentariat and the general public.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | October 7, 2004
It's Still the Economy, Stupid!
By Roger Altman, Robert J. Shapiro, and Gene Sperling
Bush administration economic and fiscal policies have left the nation with anemic job growth and ballooning deficits. Democrats have alternatives that can reverse the trends and produce both growth and progressivism.


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