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One possible explanation for the difficulty in controlling the budget is that a major component of spending-tax expenditures-receives privileged status. It is treated as tax cuts rather than spending. This paper explores the implications of that classification and illustrates how it can lead to...

August 31, 2011
Leonard E. BurmanMarvin Phaup
Research report

Continuation of current U.S. fiscal policy will lead to an enormous accumulation of debt with potentially disastrous economic consequences. Exacerbated by the recent economic turmoil and fueled by the willingness of creditors to lend at very low interest rates, there is signifi cant risk that...

September 1, 2010
Leonard E. BurmanKatherine LimJeffrey RohalyJoseph Rosenberg
Testimony

Leonard Burman's testimony before the Senate Committee on Finance on whether and how to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.

July 14, 2010
Leonard E. Burman
Brief

This article, written for a lay audience, discusses the causes and consequences of catastrophic budget failure. When Americas ballooning federal debt becomes unmanageable, we might simply refuse to honor our obligations, triggering a worldwide financial collapse and an economic downtown that...

April 26, 2010
Leonard E. Burman
Brief

This year's tax season controversy surrounds the Tax Policy Center's estimate that 47% of households do not owe income tax. The estimate has raised concerns about equity (nearly half of families free-riding on the rest of us) and civic responsibility (can democracy work when half of voters get...

April 19, 2010
Leonard E. Burman
Brief

CNNMoney.com. Len Burman discusses the health insurance mandate.

April 14, 2010
Leonard E. Burman
Testimony

Leonard Burman's testimony before the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures House Ways and Means Committee on taxes and the federal budget.

March 23, 2010
Leonard E. Burman
Brief

President Obama has proposed to freeze most domestic discretionary spending -- a step in the right direction, but not enough. The $250 billion in expected savings over the next decade is chump change compared with deficits that could top $10 trillion if policy doesn't change.

February 2, 2010
Leonard E. Burman
Brief

The two Santas came to Washington in 2000 and threaten to never leave. If we don't send them packing, Christmas Future could be very bleak indeed.

January 18, 2010
Leonard E. Burman

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