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It's far from obvious why people care about balancing the budget. So what are the most common reasons given?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 8, 2013
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Deficit hawks make the case that taxes can go much lower than recent analysis suggests if you get rid of enough loopholes and deductions. But their argument also is a reminder of just how hard it would be.

  • Suzy Khimm
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  • Oct 17, 2012
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Simpson-Bowles is often advertised as a plan that would reduce the deficit by $4 trillion, through a 3-to-1 ratio of spending cuts to revenue increases. But this doesn't always give an accurate picture of the plan.

  • Suzy Khimm
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  • Oct 2, 2012
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The reigning deficit hawks have a new plan: Get Congress to "fast-track" a big fiscal package that would allow individual members and committees to work out the details of a budget deal, but prohibit the filibuster to avoid gridlock. But would it work?

  • Suzy Khimm
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  • Sep 19, 2012
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