Help

Nation Topics - Budget Wars

Topic Page

Nation Topics - Budget Wars

Articles

News and Features

Simpson and Bowles

Candidates who ran on slashing Medicare and Social Security lost big in November. But that doesn’t stop Pete Peterson from pushing the fantasy that voters’ biggest concern is the deficit.

The “Fix the Debt” campaign is pure astroturf: corporate cash machinery masquerading as a grassroots uprising.

Dire warnings about the deficit don’t add up mathematically. But then, Fix the Debt is not really about the economy, it’s about gutting Medicare, Social Security and other social programs.

Dollar bills

In the looming debt-ceiling fight, progressives must make the case for protecting social programs, raising revenues and cutting the Pentagon budget.

What really happened on Capitol Hill this week, and a look ahead to the budget battles on the horizon. 

The median income of people over age 65 is less than $20,000. The solution is not to cut that further.

A few key points to keep in mind during the "fiscal cliff" negotiations.

Barack Obama

The “fiscal cliff” is being used to demand cuts that would otherwise be politically impossible.

How to get yourself to the edge of the fiscal abyss and not jump. 

Blogs

Anti–corporate tax-dodging groups, seniors and veterans plan to crash a “Fix the Debt” party hosted by Honeywell CEO David Cote in order to fight cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

February 11, 2013

The decision to cut Saturday delivery should be seen as equivalent to a deep cut to Social Security. A vital service is being attacked in pursuit of privatization.

February 6, 2013

Philadelphia students, teachers and allies—including a majority of City Council members—are pushing back against the district's proposed closing of thirty-seven schools. 

January 28, 2013

On our president’s maddening fetish for conciliation for its own sake.

January 16, 2013

A citywide strike kicks off Wednesday to prevent the privatization of yellow buses.

January 15, 2013

&qlduo;We need a treasury secretary who is prepared to stand up to corporate America and their powerful lobbyists and fight for policies that protect the working families in our country. I do not believe Mr. Lew is that person.”

January 11, 2013

It's one thing for the president to meet with advocates. It’s another to give lower-income people the opportunity to tell their own stories.

January 8, 2013

With their votes against Sandy aid, the House Budget Committee chair and his compatriots reject a basic premise of their oath to support the Constitution.

January 5, 2013

The antipoverty community sounds off on the “fiscal cliff” deal. How did low-income Americans fare in Congress’s latest compromise?

January 4, 2013

Coverage and commentary on the “fiscal cliff” deal has failed to note its affect on low-income Americans.

January 2, 2013