On Medicare reforms, tax cut extensions, deficit recommendations, GOP objections will stand in the way of real progress.
11/30/2010 11:28 pm
At a Nov. 19 Monitor breakfast, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles discussed their plan to lower the US budget deficit, arguing that if reform doesn't happen, 'the choices will be made for us.'
11/24/2010 12:05 am
Readers write in about the US Navy and partisan politics; deficit reduction and entitlements; government and the economy; and the middle class's deferred dreams.
11/23/2010 05:44 pm
Commission’s draft proposal on cuts and taxes to slash national debt has riled partisans on both sides. Next major move is President Obama’s.
11/23/2010 08:52 am
Funding for fiscal year 2011 is set to run out Dec. 3. Will emboldened Republicans be willing to shut down government rather than pass a trillion-dollar budget that expands the deficit?
11/22/2010 07:43 pm
How the Giving Pledge, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett's quest to get billionaires to donate half their wealth to charity, will impact philanthropy and the world's needy.
11/20/2010 10:48 am
At a Monitor breakfast with reporters, the chairmen of the presidential debt commission say that lawmakers will finally cut the deficit either because of a crisis or because they're listening to one another. Let's hope it is the latter.
11/19/2010 03:52 pm
Many new Republicans were elected on a platform of shrinking the federal government. The first big test of their sincerity it coming, with a vote on whether to let the US borrow more money to increase the national debt. Deficit commission co-chair Alan Simpson says he 'can't wait.'
11/19/2010 01:44 pm
The New York Times presents readers the chance to try to balance the federal budget.
11/16/2010 03:36 pm
Medicare open enrollment has started with the Walmart-Humana drug plan the lowest in the nation.
11/16/2010 02:30 pm