How’s That?

March 27, 2017

Well, there we are. It took less than three weeks for us all to realize that neither the Republican party nor┬áTrump are ready to govern. Their health care fiasco was the talk of the weekend, and fingers are being pointed every which way as culprits are sought and blame assigned. Naturally, Trump doesn't take any [more…]

Republican Dilemma

March 24, 2017

We are down to the wire in Congress: will the Republican party be able to live up to its six year old promise to eliminate the Affordable Care Act [aka Obamacare]? As I write this, a few hours before the vote in the House of Representatives, the answer appears to be no.

The reasons for [more…]

Budget Topline

March 16, 2017

We all ought calm down about the Trump budget. Presidential budgets never, ever, get put into practice. They are simply exercises in politics. They simply give us insight into presidential goals.

In Trump's case there is nothing that we didn't already know. He wants to slash domestic programs, especially those niggling ones that offend his [more…]

Trumpcare Facts

March 14, 2017

With the devastating  report from the Congressional Budget Office now being digested by the media and voters, it's hard to avoid talking about the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. So, in an effort to keep us focused on fact rather than fiction during our many discussions here are a few reminders:

No. Obamacare [more…]

The Scorekeeper Speaks

March 13, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office is the latest victim of the intensity of Washington politics. The CBO is the organization we rely on to "score" legislation so that Congress and the White House know roughly what impact their policies will have on the country. As you can imagine being the CBO during times such as these [more…]