Politics aside, the budget could be balanced

Here’s a blueprint for balancing the budget, incorporating proposals from a variety of sources. Hang in there, fiscal hawks, we still have a chance to avert disaster. Read More...

President's budget proposal lands with a thud

The president’s budget proposal doesn’t go far enough, but it will represent a big step in the right direction – if Congress is paying attention. Read More...

What to make of Medicare for All

Medicare for All wouldn’t fix the US healthcare system; it would make things worse. What’s needed are more options and power for patients and their doctors. Read More...

It's time to balance the budget

SAFE contacts selected political leaders re path forward for the fiscal problem. Effective presidential leadership would be essential as Congress isn't equipped to get the job done on its own.


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Prospects for action on the fiscal problem

SAFE suggestions: Abolish debt limit, prune spending, don't expand entitlements, don't raise taxes, expect 2020 presidential candidates to support balancing the budget.
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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...

Don't overthink the fiscal problem, it's not that complicated

The fiscal problem needs to be attacked more aggressively than it has been in recent years. and we agree with Milton Friedman that there is no chance of success without doing a much better job of controlling government spending. Read More...

Soaring deficits hard to square with fiscal responsibility

With its conservative credentials in tatters, the GOP should insist on completing the FY 2019 budget process in a businesslike manner before the Oct. 1 deadline. 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...

The meandering path of healthcare legislation

Graham-Cassidy bill would lower federal profile in healthcare and give more authority to the states. Read More...

Let's hear it for the SAFE budget

Unlike the official House budget, the Republican Study Committee version would cut spending aggressively. Read More...

Republican healthcare resolve falters

Senate healthcare bill has some good points, and a “bipartisan” approach wouldn’t yield better results.
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Pluses and minuses: assessing the president's budget proposal

The proposed spending cuts seem generally constructive, but critics will make every effort to derail them. Read More...

House healthcare bill draws heavy flak

The American Health Care Act is being attacked as extreme, but the case against it seems underwhelming. Read More...

Time to bin the filibuster

Filibuster rule leads to: gridlock, congressional decline, one-way ratchet, poor bills, budget blackmail. Read More...

Healthcare bill will be known as Trumpcare

Republicans must pass a healthcare bill or else, and with presidential leadership they will get it done. Read More...

GovCare replacement proposal falls short

Substance of the bill to “repeal and replace” GovCare should not be limited by procedural technicalities. Read More...

GovCare troubles reflect a more basic problem

It’s time to rethink the “price is no object” approach to government healthcare programs. 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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