Budget Battles

Budget Battles : Instant Guide
A man dressed as Santa Claus speaks outside the U.S. Capitol before making his way to House Speaker John Boehner's office on Dec. 12.

The fiscal cliff: Calculate how much it will cost you

There's still no deal to prevent the double-whammy of harsh tax hikes and spending cuts kicking in on Jan. 1. Who will feel the most pain if we take the plunge?

Budget Battles : Analysis
House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama: Inching toward a deal?

A fiscal cliff deal: Are we almost there yet?

The president and House Speaker John Boehner seem closer than ever to a compromise. Will their parties go along?

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Americans are living and working longer. Why not raise the Medicare eligibility age?

Should Congress raise the eligibility age for Medicare?

Going from 65 to 67 would save more than $100 billion over the next decade

Budget Battles : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: America already drove over a fiscal cliff

The steep tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect at year's end pale in comparison to what the country weathered just a few years ago

Budget Battles : Analysis
Should all Americans be forced to pay higher taxes to help solve our budget woes?

Blame ordinary Americans for our fiscal cliff problems

Voters overwhelmingly want Washington to solve the country's budget problems. But they reject nearly every meaningful proposition to do so

Budget Battles : Analysis
Fun fact: There are no legal restrictions on minting platinum coins in the U.S.

Could Obama sidestep a debt-ceiling showdown by minting $1 trillion coins?

Some say the Obama administration could avoid a brewing fight over raising the credit limit (yes, yet again) by minting super valuable coins — and spending them

Budget Battles : Fact Sheet
Blue America: Subsidizing Red America?

The perverse, backward incentives of the fiscal cliff fight

If the GOP wins, the biggest losers are states that voted for Mitt Romney. If Obama wins? Blue states pay up

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
President Obama delivers remarks to members of the Business Roundtable on Dec. 5.

Will another debt-ceiling fight send America over the fiscal cliff?

President Obama is insistent that the fiscal-cliff battle not be a prelude to a debt-limit war in February, as the GOP is reportedly hoping

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Nov. 29.

Fiscal cliff fallout: The conservative rebellion against John Boehner

Democrats weren't impressed with Boehner's gauzy $800 million revenue offer, but some on the Right are downright livid

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
House Speaker John Boehner and the GOP may be considering letting tax hikes through to gain leverage later. 

The fiscal cliff talks: Can a doomsday plan save the GOP?

If the GOP can't beat President Obama on tax hikes for the rich, their sneakiest move might be to surrender

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
John Boehner (R-Ohio) leaves after a news conference on Nov. 30 on Capitol Hill.

The House GOP's fiscal-cliff counteroffer: Inching toward a deal?

The White House isn't impressed with the GOP's opening gambit, but this game of fiscal chess has finally started in earnest

Budget Battles : The List
If America tumbles over the fiscal cliff, 53 percent of the country will blame the GOP. Just 29 percent will finger Obama.

Why Obama may be willing to go over the fiscal cliff

Insiders reportedly say the president doesn't want to let devastating automatic tax hikes and spending cuts take effect Jan. 1 — but will if he has to

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
John Boehner and Co. "seem to hope a deal will be born by way of immaculate conception," says The New York Times' Paul Krugman.

The fiscal cliff: Have Republicans forgotten how to negotiate?

President Obama has apparently learned the art of the deal. Can Republicans make him an offer he can't refuse?

Budget Battles : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: A grand canyon separates Obama and the GOP on the fiscal cliff

When Mitch McConnell first heard Obama's proposal, he reportedly laughed in disbelief

Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Reagan vs. Obama: Who's really the taxer-in-chief?

Did Ronald Reagan tax Americans more heavily than President Obama?

A New York Times analysis finds that most Americans paid a higher percentage of their income in taxes in the '80s than they do now. Can that be?

Budget Battles : Analysis
President Obama visits a Pennsylvania manufacturing plant to make his case for action on the fiscal cliff.

Would going over the fiscal cliff help the U.S. in the long run?

Republicans and Democrats don't appear to be making progress toward a deficit-reduction deal to head off punishing automatic tax hikes and spending cuts

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