Messaging Wars: Deciphering Competing Budget Proposals

In the heat of the Presidential campaign, Governor Romney’s pick of Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has focused attention on the House-passed Budget for FY13, because Rep. Ryan is the architect.  From now until the November election, pundits and politicians will find snippets in the budget to bolster whatever case they are trying to make with respect to government programs.  The other candidate, President Obama, also put forth his yearly budget in February, so there are actually concrete comparisons to make between the two. 

Although Governor Romney has not …

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What You Need to Know About the “Fiscal Cliff”

The atmosphere in Washington resembles that of the famous scene in Stanley Kubrick’s movie Dr. Strangelove, when supposed Soviet nuclear missiles had been launched and were heading toward the United States. With precious little time to launch a counter attack, the generals – faced with imminent disaster – couldn’t do anything but argue and debate one another.

Luckily, it turned out to be a false alarm. Not so luckily, we are facing a very real threat from the so-called “fiscal cliff,” a ticking time bomb of sorts, set …

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