A Radical Proposal for Escaping the Budget Vise

Brief

A Radical Proposal for Escaping the Budget Vise

Abstract

It's clearer by the day that fundamental, radical reform is needed to restore fiscal responsibility to the federal budget. Under current policy, spending grows automatically by default, faster than tax revenues as the population ages and health costs soar. These defaults are threatening the economy with large, unsustainable deficits. More important they deny to each generation the opportunity to orient government toward meeting current needs and its own preferences for services. This brief discusses some ways this might be achieved.

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