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We Need to Get Serious about Putting Our Fiscal House in Order

Though fewer and fewer Americans care to admit it, the country’s long-term deficit and debt problems aren’t going away.

So Trump Wants to Make the Gop the ‘Party of Health Care’? Here’s How to Do It.

Making Republicans the party of health care means putting the commitment to health care and financial security first and the goal of cost control second.

The Entitlement Crisis Is Looming

President Trump has put an end to the fighting over entitlement reform by simply refusing to face the problem altogether, in effect denying that any solution is needed at all. He has taken the Democrats’ denial a step further, and Republicans have been all too willing to follow his lead.

A Plan for Fiscal Hawks

Republicans who want spending restraint probably represent only about 10 to 15 percent of the total Republican-voting electorate, but without their support Republicans cannot win. That gives the fiscal-restraint advocates a strong hand to play, if they play it correctly.

This Is What You Call a Conservative Budget?

Republicans have used their control of the legislative and executive branches to enact a huge tax cut without offsetting spending reductions, to increase domestic discretionary spending to levels that delight Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, and to leave entitlements — the great drivers of unsustainable debt — untouched.

The Debt Is Still a Major Threat

Political leaders should take steps now to head off the debt crisis that will occur if policies are not changed. Waiting for the crisis to hit before acting would lead to much more painful austerity.

Who Will Be the Candidate with a Plan?

In addition to experience and leadership skills, the GOP candidates for president need to articulate a realistic plan for taxes, health care, and the federal budget.

What Is the Huckabee Plan for Social Security?

Governor Huckabee claims to be representing average Americans against the rich and powerful, but his opposition to reasonable Social Security reforms would force tax hikes on the middle class.

Liberty Needs the Strong Families and Communities that Reformocons Emphasize

The conservative vision of society is moved by a low opinion of the capacity of individuals to address complex problems even as it is informed by a high regard for the rights and freedoms of those individuals. So it seeks social arrangements that counterbalance human ignorance and vice while respecting human liberty and dignity.

Remember ‘Reconciliation’? The GOP Can Move an Agenda without Democratic Support

Republicans in Congress should use the budget reconciliation process to pass an agenda that is difficult for the president to veto.