Latest budget deal: Faster process, similar results

The Bipartisan Budget Act will compound the fiscal problem, and ironically the debt limit – which is supposed to help constrain spending – provided an excuse for hasty action. Read More...

Budget news for FY 2020

Senate Budget Committee is reviewing the budget process. SAFE is pleased to support these and other efforts to make things better, with the ultimate goal of balancing the budget and keeping it that way.

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Whither BP-2020

The House and Senate Budget Committees reviewed the president's budget proposal from every angle. Republicans seem worried about budget deficits; Democrats are more concerned about spending cuts. Read More...

What to make of Medicare for All

Medicare for All wouldn’t fix the US healthcare system; it would make things worse What’s needed are more options and power for patients and their doctors. Read More...

Healthcare could be deciding issue (E-8)

Republicans have demolished Democratic arguments for doubling down on GovCare, and the administration is working on (but hasn’t clearly explained) some worthwhile improvements. Read More...

Unity: The impossible dream (E-78)

No Labels posits that unity will result if politicians discuss the issues, but experience suggests otherwise. It might be better to debate the issues and aim for timely and well-informed decisions. Read More...

Soaring deficits hard to square with fiscal responsibility

With its conservative credentials in tatters, the GOP should insist on completing the FY 2019 budget process in a businesslike manner before the Oct. 1 deadline. 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...

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...

Is America becoming a banana republic?

Trump wasn’t wrong to play the special prosecutor card, but doing so may not pay off for his campaign. Read More...

Campaign issues: Social Security

Social Security burden keeps growing, and most of the presidential candidates are pretending not to notice.
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Free trade gets a bad rap

If the presidential candidates mean what they are saying, the Trans-Pacific Partnership may be doomed. Read More...

Campaign issues: deficits and debt

Presidential candidates ignored the fiscal problem in 2008, and the same thing could happen this year, but wishing won't make the problem go away. Read More...

Campaign issues: spending

Nonstop deficits are a huge problem; which of the presidential candidates would be most likely to fix it? Read More...

A fateful presidential election is brewing - part 2

Just because people want something, that doesn't prove it would work nor that they are willing to pay for it. Read More...

Update on 2016 presidential race

It’s beginning to look as if this race will be about the issues for a change. Read More...
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