budgets

Now is the time to be an infrastructure hawk, not a deficit hawk

Quoth Larry Summers: "just as you burden future generations when you accumulate debt, you also burden future generations when you defer maintenance."

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jun 5, 2013

Everything you could possibly need to know about student loan budgets (with gifs!)

Why an arcane debate about how much loans cost the government actually really, really matters.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 22, 2013

Five takeaways from the CBO’s analysis of Obama’s budget

The CBO finds Obama's budget would reduce the deficit by $1.1 trillion over ten years. But how does it do that?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 18, 2013

This is the only graph you need on Washington’s budget debate

Pay close attention to where the White House and the House Republicans actually diverge. It puts the lie to a lot of what the two parties want you to think they're arguing about.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 17, 2013

Wonkbook: Reid wants to call Republicans’ budget bluff

For years now, Republicans have said that the problem with the budget process is Democrats holding up "regular order." Today Democrats are calling the bluff.

  • Evan Soltas
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  • Apr 23, 2013

Six lessons from the Post’s awesome budget charts

Have you seen the Post's new budget interactive? It's great. And here are six things it taught me.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Apr 1, 2013

Why I was hoping for a government shutdown

We had two opportunities to come to a budget deal without imperiling the global economy. But Congress has decided to wait for the imperil-the-global-economy one instead. Great.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Mar 21, 2013

Paul Ryan doesn’t like to talk about his actual budget cuts

Ryan's budget makes a series of extraordinarily tough choices. But he doesn't like to talk about them.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Mar 15, 2013

House Progressives have the best answer to Paul Ryan

The correct answer to the the Ryan budget isn't the cautious plan released by the Senate Democrats. It's the uncompromising "Back to Work" budget from the House Progressives.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Mar 14, 2013

Patty Murray vs. Paul Ryan, in one chart

Move aside, Paul Ryan: The Senate Budget Committee also released preliminary budget figures today. Here's how the two plans stack up.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 12, 2013

Paul Ryan’s totally reasonable economic predictions

All budget plans have to assume something about where the economy is going to go in the future. And Paul Ryan's assumptions basically check out.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 12, 2013

READ: Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2014 budget

Here's the full text of House Budget Chair Paul Ryan's proposed budget for 2014.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Mar 12, 2013

Erskine Bowles: ‘Being far out front of the president on revenues wasn’t something I wanted to do again’

Erskine Bowles, co-chair of the Simpson-Bowles commission, explains why his new deficit-reduction plan has so much less in tax increases and so much more in health-care cuts.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Feb 19, 2013

The best reason to worry about the deficit

In the 1990s, the problem was the government crowding out the private sector. Today, the problem is the government crowding out itself.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Feb 15, 2013

READ: The Senate Democrats’ internal budget memo: ‘Revenue Must Be Included’

For the first time since 2009, Senate Democrats will pass a full budget. That work falls to Sen. Patty Murray, the new head of the Budget Committee. Here's how she's selling her colleagues on her plan.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jan 24, 2013

For Republicans, it’s not about deficit reduction

"Tax hikes are real in these deals, but the spending cut promises are a fraud, plain and simple," says Grover Norquist's group. That's wrong on both counts. But there's a reason conservatives keep saying it.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 24, 2012

Special topics in budget physics

Measuring the deficit-reduction in any given budget deals is a frustrating exercise in a subspecialty of physics known as budget relativity. It's also probably a mug's game.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 21, 2012

A ‘fiscal cliff’ deal is near: Here are the details

A fiscal cliff deal appears to be coming together, and fast. Here's what's in it.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 17, 2012

The GOP’s problem: The cuts they want aren’t the cuts they can get

Think back to Mitt Romney's proposed budget. The only big cuts Romney ever proposed were to programs that aid the poor. Paul Ryan's budget was similar, though less extreme. But the White House won't even consider those cuts. And so the GOP is a bit lost.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 13, 2012

11 shocking, true facts about Simpson-Bowles

Did you know Simpson-Bowles has $2.6 trillion in tax increases? Or that it taxes capital gains as ordinary income? Or that it cuts deeper into defense than the sequester? Or that it raises the gas tax by 15 cents? These, and other amazing facts, inside.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 4, 2012
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