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DLC | New Dem Dispatch | October 27, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 25, 2020
A Progressive Growth Strategy
By Will Marshall and Robert Kuttner
The spectacular success of Clintonomics in the '90s and the abject failure of Bushonomics in the '00s has produced an unprecedented Democratic consensus on economic policy.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 25, 2020
By Paul Weinstein Jr.
Sen. John Kerry's economic plan would restore the pro-growth, fiscally responsible program of the 1990s.

DLC | New Dem Daily | May 19, 2020
It's Unanimous: There's a Fiscal Crisis
The Progressive Policy Institute, and eight other Washington think tanks from across the political spectrum, hosted a forum Tuesday on "Restoring Fiscal Sanity." The forum showed that even at a time of deep partisan divisions, all serious thinkers agree that the federal government has gone fiscally insane, and needs radical therapy to recover.

PPI, et al. | Speech | May 18, 2020
Remarks by Sen. John McCain at a Forum on the Fiscal Crisis in the United States
By Sen. John McCain
The current version of the Republican Party is engaged in an outrageous spending binge, and they're being steadied and encouraged by the Democrats.

PPI, et al. | Speech | May 18, 2020
Remarks by Sen. Joseph Lieberman at a Forum on the Fiscal Crisis in the United States
By Sen. Joseph Lieberman
America's growing annual deficits, exploding long-term debt and skyrocketing unfunded liabilities are converging with the demographic surge of older Americans to form the perfect economic storm.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 7, 2020
Budgeting For Outcomes
By David Osborne and Peter Hutchinson
How government can deliver more value for the tax dollars citizens spend.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 7, 2020
Leading By Example
By Jose Cerda III and Paul Weinstein Jr.
President Bush has punted on a domestic agenda. Governors can show him how it should be done.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 7, 2020
Mortgaging the Future
By Jeff Lemieux
The economy is showing the effects of stimulus -- but it's a short-term jolt we'll have to pay for later.

PPI | Testimony | May 6, 2020
Testimony of PPI COO Paul Weinstein Jr. on Government Reform
Testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | March 23, 2020
$4,000,000,000,000 ... and Counting
By Paul Weinstein Jr.
Bush is running up $4 trillion in deficits. Here's a progressive package of 55 spending cuts and government reform initiatives that will help clean up his mess.

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