Congress has a lot of bad habits, none more maddening than passing temporary tax deductions and credits for special purposes and special interests.
A little more than a year ago, we published a book about American politics - and particularly Congress - titled "It's Even Worse Than It Looks.
Encouraged to go big, President Obama chose instead to go "medium," as Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget aptly put it. Compared to the $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion in savings that the new congressional...
WASHINGTON - Gene Sperling's sports metaphors collided so often during the White House budget rollout that it's a wonder the man didn't pull a hamstring.
Vice President Al Gore and Gov. George W. Bush tossed out lots of numbers about tax and budget policy in their debate Tuesday night. But often their math was faulty or misleading, even when rooted in the deep philosophical divide between the candidates.
WASHINGTON - When University of Idaho officials wanted help making their jazz history archive available on the Internet, they turned to their state's congressional delegation.
WASHINGTON - It's simply not true that America is ambivalent about everything when it comes to the Obama health plan.
WASHINGTON - The 34 names are familiar to anyone who has followed economic policy in Washington for the past generation, one-third of them former chairmen or members of key committees of Congress, seven of them former directors of the White House Office of Management and Budget, two of them former comptroller generals of the United States, seven of them former directors of the Congressional Budget Office and one of them - Paul Volcker - the former chairman of the Federal Reserve System and now an adviser to President Obama.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.