Brief Debt and Politics: Integrating America’s Fiscal Outlook with New Campaign Proposals
Erald Kolasi, C. Eugene Steuerle
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Congress and the president have put the federal budget on track for unsustainable and rising deficits without end. Mandatory spending programs—those that continue automatically without new appropriations—are expanding at a faster rate than discretionary spending programs, while total spending rises at a faster rate than revenues and national income. Health care, Social Security, and interest costs dominate this growth in spending, with most other government programs in relative decline. At this point, neither political party proposes to alter this overall fiscal trajectory, and presidential candidates and the president have suggested new spending programs or tax cuts that would exacerbate these trends.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Health and health care Wealth and financial well-being Aging and retirement Taxes and budgets Children and youth
Tags Social Security Fiscal policy Health insurance Federal health care reform Health equity Pensions Economic well-being Retirement Mobility Public and private investment Macroeconomy Individual taxes Federal budget and economy Campaigns, proposals, and reforms Federal tax issues and reform proposals Family credit and debt
Policy Centers Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center