Ryan Alexander is president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan federal budget watchdog. www.taxpayer.net
Like things you spot in your side-view mirror, many of the budget numbers flitting around the debt talks are larger than they appear.
We have to stop subsidizing people to live in harm's way.
If lawmakers really want to stop blank checks for spending binges, they should start with the Pentagon.
Our lawmakers should spend the next month figuring out how to reduce our $16 trillion debt instead of showering special interests with even more wasteful subsidies that have nothing to do with the drought.
The United States can't afford giveaways for mining and oil companies anymore.