Time to get smarter about taxes

It’s too late for real tax reform, but let's not make things worse by starting new spending programs no one wants to pay for and assuming billionaires & big corporations will pick up the tab. Read More...

A conversation about the fiscal problem

In addition to letters urging that presidential candidates offer plans for balancing the budget, SAFE is available for discussion. A recent meeting with Sen. Tom Carper went well. Read More...

Setting a SAFE course in uncertain times

Smaller, more focused, less costly government is not in vogue these days, but SAFE has no intention of giving up. Here’s an overview of the battlefield. Read More...

Continuing efforts to improve the budget process

Responsible budgeting isn’t exactly in vogue right now, but let’s hear it for the political leaders and other people who are trying to bring it back.
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Time's running out for the 115th Congress

SAFE proposed four relatively modest goals for the closing weeks of the 115th Congress; guess how many of them will be achieved this year. Read More...

JSC proposals for budget system reform

Bipartisan reform of the "broken" congressional budget system sounded like a nice idea, but the JSC proposals wouldn't deliver any real benefits. Better to leave things as they are. Read More...

Midterm issues: Taxes (E - 64)

The 2018 tax cut will be a minor plus for Republican candidates on the campaign trail this fall, but real tax reform could be a big help in solving the fiscal problem longer term. Read More...

Reviewing the government's budget process

The Joint Select Committee on Budge and Appropriations Process Reform is a representative sample of participants in the congressional budget process; expect some fine-tuning of the current rules but no more. Read More...

DC braces for another legislative deadline

The use of “must-pass” bills to sneak through somewhat controversial legislation is perverting the congressional legislative process; it doesn’t have to be that way. Read More...

Don't count on finessing fiscal problem

The GOP tax cut may have been a reasonable bet, but trillion-dollar deficits are sure to backfire. Read More...

Let's make the budget process work

In the wake of the budget deal and subsequent delivery of a "dead on arrival" budget, prospects for solving the fiscal problem seem remote - but SAFE isn't about to give up. Read More...

More shutdown drama, mediocre results

The more one examines last week's bipartisan, bicameral budget deal, which raised government spending levels across the board, the uglier it looks. Read More...

Campaign issues: Social Security

Social Security burden keeps growing, and most of the presidential candidates are pretending not to notice.
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The president's budget proposal looks familiar

If the government keeps trying to do everything, it may wind up accomplishing nothing. Read More...

Power of the purse, use it or lose it

Republican vows to reboot the congressional budget process have been put on hold until 2017. Read More...
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