Contrasting Reports on State Revenues and Spending Tell Us Who’s Paying the Price for Harmful National Economic Policy

By: Saturday April 21, 2012 1:00 pm

An article in today’s New York Times tells us about two new reports, one from the Rockefeller Institute (RI), the other from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), which together tell us about the fiscal health of state and local governments. The RI report gives us data on the amount of tax revenues state and local governments have been collecting — they’re up in many states — while the CBPP report tells us what the states have been doing on the spending side to balance their budgets.


A Matter Of Perspective

By: Friday February 3, 2012 6:01 pm

I guess it all depends on how you look at it…

Bush II chief economist and CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin attacking the millionaires tax:

Majority Opposes Any Cuts to Medicare or Social Security

By: Thursday July 28, 2011 8:30 am

The insane belief common among many of the beltway pundits and politicians that the American people actually want a “grand bargain” or a “super Congress” to cut our entitlement programs has absolutely no basis in reality. It is purely a fantasy created people with lots of money, who don’t think they will ever have trouble affording the basic necessities after they retire.

Fascinating Things I Learned Today

By: Friday June 24, 2011 6:01 pm

Just a few of the amazing things you can pick up from reading the news.

Deficit Hawks Tell Republicans to Give It a Rest

By: Friday June 10, 2011 6:01 pm

Even the people who hyperventilate about deficits for a living think economic growth is more important than spending cuts right now.

By Greater than Two-to-One, Americans Want Jobs, Not Spending Cuts

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 7:50 am

CBS News has released a new poll and, not surprisingly, with official unemployment around nine percent, it found that an overwhelming 51 percent of Americans said jobs/economy is the most important problem facing the country. By comparison, the national debt comes in second with a mere seven percent of Americans saying it is the most important problem, followed by health care with five percent.

GOP Job Creation Strategy Explained!

By: Friday March 18, 2011 6:01 pm

Why is it that Republican job creation strategies never seem to have anything to do with creating jobs? Just remember one simple rule, and it will all make perfect sense.

Obama Better Hope The GOP Reads Politico

By: Friday March 11, 2011 6:01 pm

Politico explains to us how fortunate the Republicans are that the sober and fiscal-minded tea party grownups dragged them kicking and screaming away from irrational Obama hatred to a laser focus on budget cuts, which most Americans want because they stimulate the economy and create jobs. This savvy change in focus is why they won big last year and will win big again next year.

Americans to Washington: We Want Jobs, Not Budget Cuts

By: Wednesday March 9, 2011 6:36 pm

In what is something like the 50th survey to show the same thing, a new Bloomberg poll (PDF) found that by far the top issue for Americans is jobs, and that a clear majority want the federal government to be focused on the priority of creating jobs instead of cutting spending.

Tea-GOP Craziness: Will Someone Please Have Our Political Leaders Committed?

By: Sunday March 6, 2011 8:29 am

With the exception of the McCarthy era, I can’t remember a time when the facts pointed so clearly to mass public hysteria, denial and delusion among those who are driving government policies.

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