Readers write in about defense spending as the real 'entitlement' the US Congress should cut and the need for better parental involvement in the effort to turn around failing schools.
Congress and the White House may have resolved one budget crisis. But comments on the Sunday talk shows indicate bigger fights ahead over federal debt and government spending.
Medicare will be the target for President Obama in search of budget cuts. House Republicans are looking to restructure Medicare.
Officials are generally expecting Medicaid's core functions to continue unimpeded, as long as any government shutdown is fairly short.
Budget stalemate has many on Capitol Hill crunching numbers. With any new budget, taxes may be the real third rail of politics. Can the U.S. solve its fiscal woes without more revenue?
Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin is the main author of a new House GOP proposal that would restructure Medicare and Medicaid, among other things.
President Obama began his reelection campaign just as Washington is debating the budget and deficits. Democrats and Republicans must not wait until after the November 2012 elections to reduce the deficit and to reform entitlements.