Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – Driver’s seat

February 1, 2012

The day the Congressional Budget Office forecast that the United States is headed for its fourth straight year with a $1 trillion-plus budget deficit, President Obama touted the benefits of big government spending.

Obama vs Ryan: how the deficit plans compare

April 13, 2011

A combination photo shows House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) taking a question at a news conference held to unveil the House Republican budget blueprint in the Capitol in Washington April 5, 2011 and President Barack Obama delivering a speech on U.S. fiscal and budgetary deficit policy at the George Washington University in Washington, April 13, 2011.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama set a goal of reducing the U.S. deficit by $4 trillion within 12 years or less, in a speech outlining his plan to tackle the country’s massive debt problem. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has laid out a dramatically different vision of a future debt-free America. Here’s a snapshot of how they compare. Add your views in the comments.

A beautiful budget? It’s in the eye of the beholder

April 5, 2011

Budget beauty is clearly in the eye of the beholder.

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions took a look at President Barack Obama’s bloated, spend-your-way-out-of-USA-BUDGET/a-recession blueprint for 2012, with its $1.65 trillion deficit, and declared himself appalled.

What would Gingrich do?

March 23, 2011

RTR2JLFO_Comp-150x150President Obama may be in hot water with lawmakers who think the U.S.-led military mission in Libya is a big mistake. But some GOP voices are calling for an escalation of U.S. involvement — or at least an expansion of U.S. goals.

Washington Extra – Cake cutting

February 14, 2011

Everyone SAYS they want to cut the budget deficit, but when it comes to actually agreeing on a course of action, it’s not exactly a piece of cake.  GERMANY/

Washington Extra – Line dance

February 3, 2011

Here’s something that Republicans might want to hear: the White House is promising that its budget will include serious deficit control.

Peterson Foundation launches OweNo campaign on U.S. debt

November 9, 2010

While the ads are humorous, the subject is serious.

Fictional presidential candidate Hugh Jidette (pronounced huge debt) will soon be making a pitch for more U.S. debt held by foreign countries in television ads that willCALIFORNIA-PROTESTS/ be appearing across the country.

Social Security and milking cows

August 25, 2010

An email by deficit commission co-chair Alan Simpson saying the Social Security retirement program has reached a point “where it’s like a milk cow with 310 million tits” is prompting calls for his resignation.

Gingrich chides Obama for acting like a teenager with credit card

July 20, 2010

Extending unemployment benefits is this week’s battleground for Democrats versus Republicans. USA/NRA

Simpson: Fix the deficit or your grandkids will pick grit with the chickens

February 19, 2010

Newly minted Republican deficit commissioner Alan Simpson has a message for Americans: if you don’t want your grandkids picking grit with the chickens, better ignore soundbite politics and get lawmakers to find real solutions to the deficit.