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Rudolph G. Penner

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Research report

The report discusses the important budget events of 2011. It begins with the House Republican budget and the president's response. The very different approaches to health and discretionary spending and tax policy are analyzed in detail. The policy debate continued into the confused debt limit...

January 20, 2012
John L. PalmerRudolph G. Penner
Brief

In a contribution to the CNNMoney.com, Rudolph Penner discusses the super committee's failure to fix the deficit.

November 21, 2011
Rudolph G. Penner
Testimony

Rudolph Penner's testimony before the House Committee on the Budget on proposals for changing the budget process.

September 21, 2011
Rudolph G. Penner
Research report

Unless current policies are reformed, the national debt will continue to grow relative to GDP until a sovereign debt crisis, like those in Ireland and Greece, is inevitable. Although the nation is becoming more concerned about spiraling debt and a presidential fiscal commission and other groups...

February 4, 2011
Rudolph G. Penner
Commentary

The congressional budget process has been so perverted that it no longer imposes much discipline on fiscal decisionmaking, comments Rudolph Penner, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office. Penner explains how the situation arose and what to do about it.

January 21, 2011
Rudolph G. Penner
Research report

The United States is on a disastrous fiscal path. In the conflict between restoring solvency and stimulating the economy, the president's budget is more focused on the latter. Yet even before the recession Medicare and Medicaid, along with Social Security, accounted for almost 50 percent of...

December 8, 2010
John L. PalmerRudolph G. Penner
Testimony

Today's federal budget policies are unsustainable. Three programs - Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid - constitute more than 40 percent of spending other than interest in a normal year and all are growing faster than the economy and tax revenues. At the same time, Congress has kept the...

February 15, 2010
Rudolph G. Penner
Brief

Institute Fellow Rudy Penner describes how the U.S. budget is prepared by the executive branch and Congress, and how it then is implemented by the executive branch. The budget preparation process could be improved, Penner asserts, but budget implementation works smoothly and efficiently. The...

February 1, 2010
Rudolph G. Penner
Research report

The U.S. budget is on an unsustainable path. That is because Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, which together constituted almost one half of noninterest spending before the recent stimulus plan, are all growing faster than tax revenues. If these programs are not reformed, tax burdens...

June 23, 2009
Rudolph G. Penner

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