Readers write in about taxes, and progress Obama has made.
A White House plan released Monday would give the president more power to cut 'pork' spending. But Congress controls the federal purse strings jealously.
President Obama's State of the Union speech evoked mixed reactions from groups representing seniors, environmentalists, and small businesses. Some praised his policy proposals but wanted to see more action.
It will cost an additional $30 billion a year. Some antiwar Democrats in Congress talk of a 'war tax,' but the most likely option to fund Obama's Afghanistan war plan is to keep borrowing.
Cost-cutting accounting tricks are a common feature of Washington legislation. The Senate healthcare reform bill may be no exception.
The issue of controlling healthcare costs is so contentious that Congress may opt for a bill that punts much of the task to an independent commission.
Obama has called for a mechanism that would trigger budget slashing if the health overhaul adds to the federal deficit.
The White House predicts $9 trillion in red ink from 2010 to 2019. But the Congressional Budget Office estimates $7 trillion. What's an ordinary taxpayer to make of the confusing numbers?