Federal deficit

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    Barron’s ‘Economic Beat’ columnist probes the debt-ceiling debate

    Gene Epstein of Barron’s warns readers about a fiscal crisis “looming” beyond present-day debates over the federal debt ceiling. Isn’t this a heck of a way to run a government? Since everyone knows the debt ceiling will get raised anyway, why not reform a system that has brought…
    Mitch Kokai, September 18, 2017
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    One conservative columnist who doesn’t fret about Trump’s deal with Democrats

    Deroy Murdock explains at National Review Online why he’s not worried about the debt-limit deal President Trump reached with Democratic congressional leaders. The Right’s insomnia over this matter seems excessive and misdirected. Trump on Wednesday agreed to the proposal of House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and…
    Mitch Kokai, September 12, 2017
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    Barron’s probes Trump’s debt deal with Democrats

    Randall Forsyth of Barron’s explores the president’s agreement with Democrats to delay the next fight over the federal debt ceiling. However it came about, Trump apparently saw this as a good way to prevent inside-the-Beltway politics from obstructing efforts to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, against the backdrop…
    Mitch Kokai, September 11, 2017
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    Trump’s debt-limit dealing draws fire

    Sarah Westwood of the Washington Examiner reports on the latest signs of a strained relationship between President Trump and congressional Republicans. President Trump’s decision on Wednesday to side with the Democratic leaders advocating a short-term increase in the nation’s debt limit rankled Republicans in Congress and ripped open…
    Mitch Kokai, September 8, 2017
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    The Politics of Federal Funding For Harvey Relief

    Is President Trump making things more difficult when it comes to working with Congress? Mitch Kokai discusses the debate over federal funding for people hurt by Hurricane Harvey. He joined Wednesday’s panel for Spectrum News’ “Capital Tonight.” WATCH here.
    Donna Martinez, September 7, 2017
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    Barron’s editorial page editor ponders host of bad options addressing government debt

    Thomas Donlan of Barron’s explores an expected frenzy over the latest vote to raise the federal government’s debt ceiling. … [M]any more scary proclamations are coming, from deficit hawks among the Republican members of the House and Senate, resentful members of the Democratic minorities, the belligerent president of…
    Mitch Kokai, August 28, 2017
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    Debt-ceiling fight on the horizon

    Michael Tanner uses a National Review Online column to preview a looming congressional showdown. If you thought the recent fight over health-care reform was fun, get ready for the next big Washington circus: raising the debt ceiling. In October of 2015, Congress chose to avoid the usual fight…
    Mitch Kokai, August 10, 2017
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    A reminder of long-term federal funding challenges

    Thomas Donlan of Barron’s crunches the numbers for Social Security and Medicare. They don’t look good. This is a good time to publish reports on the performance and prospects of the federal government. Sending them out when much of the nation is at the seashore or the mountains…
    Mitch Kokai, July 31, 2017