Bye-Bye Surplus

Brief

Bye-Bye Surplus

Commentary
December 5, 2000

Abstract

[Washington Post] A president with no mandate to pursue his campaign promises. A Congress hardened by four years of partisan combat, scarred by a bitter election and immobilized by the lack of a party with a clear majority. Isn't this the recipe for continued gridlock? Won't legislative paralysis leave the growing budget surpluses safe from plunder for another two years?
Don't bet on it. A torrent of legislation that squanders much of the projected surplus is much more likely than continued gridlock, because four key ingredients needed to cook up a fiscal feast of historic proportions will all be present next year.

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