The other deficit: balance of payments

We agree that the balance of payments deficit with China is of serious concern, but the administration is not making the right moves to combat it. Read More...

Overuse of the judicial process

Routine use of politically motivated lawsuits to challenge administrative policies is contributing to the political gridlock that everyone professes to be concerned about. Read More...

Don't count on finessing fiscal problem

The GOP tax cut may have been a reasonable bet, but trillion-dollar deficits are sure to backfire. Read More...

SAFE to DC: Please fix this problem

SAFE has been warning of deficits & debt since 1996, so far without avail. This week we sent individualized pitches to the president, six members of Congress, and the budget director.
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Let's make the budget process work

In the wake of the budget deal and subsequent delivery of a "dead on arrival" budget, prospects for solving the fiscal problem seem remote - but SAFE isn't about to give up. Read More...

More shutdown drama, mediocre results

The more one examines last week's bipartisan, bicameral budget deal, which raised government spending levels across the board, the uglier it looks. Read More...

Assessing the SOTU address

The State of the Union address was effective political theater, which received a favorable response from the American public. But when and how is the GOP going to tackle the fiscal problem? Read More...

GOP won shutdown skirmish, but budget battle is far from over

To avoid being blamed for the next government shutdown, which is set for February 8, Republicans should consider taking a harder line. Read More...

Another spending deadline, but that's not the real problem

The current minority party is fixated on delegitimizing the president; Republicans must put their foot down in spending level negotiations or they will be rolled over. Read More...

Year-end frenzy in DC

No one wants to be blamed for a government shutdown, but there are deep divisions on several issues and neither side will give up easily. Don’t count on anything until the dust settles. Read More...

A different kind of president

Don’t stop at political style in assessing the president’s performance; also consider his policies. Read More...

How things work in DC

Gridlock in fixing the fiscal problem is unfortunate, but in other cases it's not necessarily a bad thing. Read More...

The meandering path of healthcare legislation

Graham-Cassidy bill would lower federal profile in healthcare and give more authority to the states. Read More...

Oops, that's not what was supposed to happen

Two deadlines were extended by bipartisan agreement, but don’t expect a new spirit of cooperation in DC. Read More...

Republican pivot to tax reform

Republicans haven’t yet revealed their tax plan, but Democrats have already rejected it. SAFE has questions for both sides. Read More...

GOP irresolution could lead to a government shutdown

There is no bipartisan consensus to solve the fiscal problem so the majority party should lead the way. Read More...

Dwindling options for real change in DC

The president was elected with a change agenda, but the establishment isn’t cooperating. Time for a COS? Read More...

Republican healthcare resolve falters

Senate healthcare bill has some good points, and a “bipartisan” approach wouldn’t yield better results.
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Fixing the fiscal problem: work on what matters

Conversations about raising the debt limit are a waste of time; the money is already spent or committed. Read More...

House healthcare bill draws heavy flak

The American Health Care Act is being attacked as extreme, but the case against it seems underwhelming. Read More...

The insitutional decline of Congress

What’s the problem in DC; some say partisanship but a better answer might be too much wishful thinking. Read More...

A barrage of presidential actions

Changing the way government has been working will take some epic battles, and they may not all be won. Read More...
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