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Jack Block: This and That

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block President Trump and Conservative Members of Congress have been trying to cut back on wasteful spending. The President wants a more efficient government by reforming civil service rules – a “merit system”… Read More
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John Block: Debt

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Here is what I read in the Wall Street Journal: “Deficit financing has become the mother’s milk of politics. Each party is giving the other its wish list with all the bells and whistles included and asking… Read More
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The Budget Agreement and Some Thoughts About Next Steps

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) announced a two-year budget agreement that, in their words, “reduces the deficit—without raising taxes…it cuts spending in a smarter w… Read More
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More Budget Cliffs – Get Ready for Weeks of Bungee Jumping

The fiscal cliff is behind us, or over us, depending on your point of view.  But with deadlines looming for extension of the debt limit, for avoiding the across-the-board cuts required by sequestration, and the need to extend the Continuing Resoluti… Read More
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History Suggests Grand Bargain to Avert Fiscal Cliff

By Kenneth D. Ackerman, as published in Bloomberg News. The “fiscal cliff,” a combination of tax increases and severe spending cuts scheduled to kick in next year, is a product of multiple deceptions. Both the expiration date on the Bush-era tax… Read More
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Here’s Your Chance to Fix the Budget

With three weeks to go in the election season, federal budget and tax policy has taken center stage. Candidates on both sides of the political divide have had to reduce complex policy issues to sound bite-sized propositions.  What’s lost in the de… Read More
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