Focus on Budget and Debt

Focus on Budget and Debt

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On September 1, the Office of Management and Budget released its mid-session budget review.

On August 26, Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke gave a speech in which he was critical of Congress for poorly managing fiscal policy.

On August 24, the Congressional Budget Office released its mid-session budget review.

Also on August 24, a group of think tanks released the 2011 “Green Scissors” report, which contains ideas for cutting government spending on environmentally harmful programs.

On August 16, Fitch Ratings confirmed the U.S.’s AAA bond rating.

An August 16 Rasmussen poll found that 58 percent of people oppose special government loans for small businesses.

Also on August 16, the Congressional Research Service released a report on the economic implications of long-term budget trends.

An August 13 Economist/YouGov poll found that a majority of people would oppose a budget deal that cuts Social Security, Medicare, or education.

On August 11, the Congressional Budget Office published a report discussing the way in which federal spending impacts the economy.

On August 9, I published a commentary reviewing some of the research by international institutions on the impact of fiscal contraction on the economy.

On August 9, the Congressional Research Service published a report examining the downgrade in the U.S. credit rating by Standard and Poor’s.

On August 1, I published a commentary explaining why the debt limit should be abolished.

I last posted items on this topic on August 9.

Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He blogs daily and writes a weekly column for The Fiscal Times. Bartlett has written for Forbes Magazine and Creators Syndicate, and his work is informed by many years in government, including as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House. He is the author of seven books including the New York Times best-seller, Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy (Doubleday, 2006).

Bruce Bartlett’s columns focus on the intersection of politics and economics. The author of seven books, he worked in government for many years and was senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House.