Brian Riedl

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  • Budget dilemma pits raising revenues vs. spending cuts

    President Obama says the federal government needs more revenue, while House Minority Leader John A. Boehner says it needs to spend less.

Peter R. Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, says pay-as- you-go rules supply important constraints to the government's impulse to overspend.

    Pay-go's promise routinely broken by Washington

    The pay-as-you-go rules President Obama is resurrecting as a solution to runaway federal spending have been repeatedly violated by Congress and the White House, allowing hundreds of billions of dollars to be spent without the required spending cuts or tax increases.

  • Farm bill boondoggle

    I was interviewing one of the most liberal House Democrats, Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, when suddenly he surprised me by saying, "I hope the president vetoes the farm bill, and if he does I'll try to round up votes on my side of the aisle to sustain the veto." Mr. Blumenauer added, if the veto is sustained, "then we can start over and do it right." President Bush did veto the bill Wednesday. But a clerical error in the bill is likely to force the House to vote on the bill again and prompt another veto.

  • Porkers feeling the heat

    The Democrats, flush from their 2006 election gains, took over Congress in January, promising to end the legislative stalemate and pass a sweeping agenda for reform.

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