David Brooks Wants a New Fiscal Cliff to Solve the Fiscal Cliff

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 10:29 am

Dean Baker has already addressed the terrible policies that David Brooks is pushing for in his latest column, but he ignored the most idiotic idea Brooks put forward today. Apparently Brooks’s solution to the fiscal cliff, which is a product of Congress creating a set of automatic cuts that would go into effect if Congress [...]

Doing My Taxes Like Paul Ryan Does his “Budget”

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 9:03 am

While doing my taxes I came to a realization. How would the IRS react if I did my returns the same way Paul Ryan did his “budget,” allowing me to be completely vague and lacking in almost any actual numbers or details where it mattered? So I quickly mocked up what my 1040 would look [...]

Obama Does Want to Cut Medicare and Social Security Benefits

By: Tuesday July 19, 2011 1:10 pm

The truly historic importance of what is happen right now can’t be repeated enough. It is a Democratic President who is the driving force now behind cutting Medicare and Social Security. It is a Democratic President who feels that deficit reduction during a recession and keeping tax rates near historic laws are both much more important policy goals than protecting Social Security and Medicare Benefits.

Obama Packs Debt Commission With Social Security Privatization & Benefit Cut Supporters

By: Monday May 10, 2010 8:39 am

President Obama has packed the Debt Commission (also known as the cat food commission) with members who have an overwhelming history of support for both benefit cuts and privatization of Social Security. The “National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform” is operating in secret over the objections of both parties. John Boehner and John Conyers [...]