government spending

Budget Fog and Budget Clarity

by on May 23, 2017

On a clear day we can dream of being free from the farce and incompetence that is Trump. Meanhwile back in reality ...

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That’s a Tax Plan?

by on April 27, 2017

Well, no, it isn't. It's a draft of a sketch of an outline of a synopsis of what a tax plan might look like were [more…]

Infrastructure? Not So Much

by on April 6, 2017

In the aftermath of the health care debacle Trump has been busying himself, so we are told, with other big projects. Tax reform is one. [more…]

Budget Topline

by on 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 [more…]

Republican Debt Builders

by on November 12, 2015

Just to make the point, here is a chart I grabbed, back in 2012, from Atlantic magazine:










Rubio Reality? Not Really

by on November 9, 2015

I have friends who think I am too harsh on the Republicans. They tell me that there are some good ideas over on that side [more…]

Debt Ceiling – Reminder

by on October 26, 2015

Just in case you thought we had entered a quieter period in our politics, allow me to remind you that the oddity known as the [more…]

Infrastructure [Non]Spending

by on February 18, 2015

Apparently one of the very few areas of likely cooperation between the White House and our newly energized all-Republican Congress is spending on our lamentable [more…]


by on February 9, 2015

I have a friend who is incapable of saying anything against Obama. It is truly astonishing. He loves Obama's budget proposals. I hate them.

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Back to the Budget

by on January 29, 2015

One of the least remarked upon aspects of the President's State of the Union address last week was that it made no reference to the [more…]