Why comparing budgets is so maddeningly tough

On the one hand, doing budget math is just solving arithmetic problems. On the other hand, the arithmetic problems were designed by a sadistic madman.

By Dylan Matthews April 11, 2013

The trick Washington is using to cut Social Security and Medicare

Politicians who are unwilling or unable to offer a persuasive political or policy rationale for cutting Social Security benefits are instead hiding behind a technocratic rationale. We're not "cutting benefits," we're "correcting our inflation measure."

By Ezra Klein December 18, 2012