Posts Tagged ‘Balanced Budget Amendment’

A Showdown, Some Backlash and Big Bets

The Highway Trust Fund is almost out of gas. Congress leaves for its month-long recess on Friday, but without legislative action the fund will run out in August. The Senate is expected to vote on the amended bill this week, though it needs 60 votes to pass. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had scheduled a […]

The Balanced Budget Amendment’s $300 Billion Error

The balanced budget amendment introduced by Senate Republicans yesterday contains a striking error. As written, it would limit federal spending much more than they claim or, I suspect, intend (I said the same back in 2011, when this first came up). The senators want to balance the budget by limiting spending rather than raising tax […]

Tom Coburn: Tax Subsidies Are Socialism

Give Sen. Tom Coburn(R-OK) credit. In a city where obfuscation and misdirection are the coin of the realm, the conservative Republican lets you know exactly where he stands. While most of his party remains mired in its  “job-killing tax increase” rhetoric, Coburn has no misgivings about eliminating tax subsidies and using the money to reduce […]

A Big Error in the Senate Republicans’ Balanced Budget Amendment

Senate Republicans made a striking error in the balanced budget amendment they introduced last week. As written, the amendment would limit federal spending far more than those senators realize or, I suspect, desire. The Republicans want the budget to be balanced by keeping spending down rather than by raising tax revenues. They thus propose limiting […]