Budget, Debt, and Deficits

Must Read Author: John Cranford

John Cranford of Congressional Quarterly writes that increases to the ceiling on federal debt have become highly partisan affairs. If Republicans are united in their intent to use the debt limit to demand tough spending constraints, then brinkmanship, not compromise, may be the driving force behind this year's Congressional vote.

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Must Read Author: James Bickley

Due to an increasing U.S. Federal government deficit many groups now argue for the institution of a national value-added tax (VAT) to increase government revenue. James M. Bickley of the Congressional Research Service examines the plausibility of enacting such a plan.

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An Rx for Debt Reduction?

Peter R. Orszag interviewed by Roya Wolverson

Cutting the federal deficit is seen as essential for reviving the country's economic standing. CFR's Peter Orszag looks at some of the pros and cons of recommendations by a presidential commission's co-chairs to cut more than $3.8 trillion from national deficits.

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Op-Ed Authors: Benn Steil and Paul Swartz
Financial News

Benn Steil's June column in Dow Jones' Financial News, co-authored with Paul Swartz, shows how mass Russian and Chinese selling of Fannie and Freddie debt in 2008 severely exacerbated the financial crisis.  Contrary to the arguments of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and others, they show that there are very real dangers inherent in America's outsized reliance on foreign government financing.

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