Debt

In the last thirty years, our nation has experienced a paradox of productivity and progress. Productivity, driven by extraordinary growth in technology and an increased push towards consumption, has nearly tripled. Meanwhile social, environmental, and educational progress has stalled. Panic over...
10/18/2010
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Social Security remains our nation’s key source of retirement income for most Americans. The program’s overall health is sound and with relatively modest tweaks to the program’s financing, we can strengthen the system for generations to come. Social Security is currently in surplus and will take...
10/18/2010
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STABILIZING THE DEBT: SHORT, MEDIUM, AND LONG TERM POLICY SHORT-TERM   Sending the economy back into recession would be the worst thing we could do for our fiscal outlook. To ensure that our country returns to the level of sustainable economic growth necessary to successfully tackle our fiscal...
10/18/2010
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In my 40 years covering economics and finance, I've never seen a more alarming disconnect between the economic and the political — or higher stakes. There was an astonishing harmonic convergence Tuesday at a Washington conference on the nation’s economic and fiscal future. Martin Feldstein, Ronald...
10/06/2010
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To bolster current spending without adding more to deficits than necessary, we have no better option than to let the Bush tax cuts on the wealthy expire as scheduled. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, so the notion that starving the beast is a bad strategy doesn't imply that its proponents...
08/07/2010
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Where is Obama? Where is the high-profile Obama speech making clear that the top priority for now is putting America back to work, that deficit reduction will come when the economy is back on track — and that the budget will not be balanced on the backs of those who depend on Social Security,...
08/01/2010
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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Kuttner debates J.D. Foster over how Congress could improve the bailout bill and how much spending is required to jump-start the economy.
09/29/2008
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Demos Vice President of Policy and Programs Tamara Draut testifies before the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension regarding higher education costs and student debt.
02/16/2007
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Demos Vice President of Policy and Programs Tamara Draut testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs regarding the growth of credit card debt and credit industry practices.
01/25/2007
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