The White House Budget Proposal Doesn’t Add Up

The White House Budget Proposal Doesn’t Add Up

The political theater that passes for serious policy debate is about to run into an unfortunate reality as Donald Trump’s budget plan comes face to face with its arch-nemesis: arithmetic. It’s impossible to cut taxes, increase spending, and balance the budget. That’s...
New Report: Corporate Pirates of the Caribbean

New Report: Corporate Pirates of the Caribbean

DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT HERE CEOs with the dubious lobby group “Fix the Debt” are pushing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and the social safety net, painting themselves as the good guys in the budget debate. But as they ask for everyday Americans to...
Hey Congress: Sequester Apartheid!

Hey Congress: Sequester Apartheid!

It has been roughly a month since the first $85 billion of Congress’ across-the-board “sequestration” cuts started to impact the daily lives of Americans. Parents are dealing with Head Start programs shutting down; patients are worrying about their...
Defense Industry Scare Tactics Won’t Create Jobs

Defense Industry Scare Tactics Won’t Create Jobs

As indicated by the recent rollout of the House Republican budget strategy, the gloves are off in the battle to define the country’s spending priorities in the run-up to the November elections. But neither party adequately addresses the largest item in the...
Panel Discussion on Arts Funding in DC

Panel Discussion on Arts Funding in DC

DC government funding for the arts has declined over 65% from Fy09 to Fy12, and private funding is down as well. Notably, the Meyer Foundation decided in Fy12 to stop making grants to the arts in the District. Additionally, the National Capital Arts and Cultural...

A Better Way to Balance the Budget

As Washington hurtles closer to a government shutdown, extremist proposals that would benefit the rich and deepen the suffering of the poorest Americans are becoming alarmingly common. At the Institute for Policy Studies, we’re offering far more practical...
Unnecessary Austerity, Unnecessary Shutdown

Unnecessary Austerity, Unnecessary Shutdown

“We’re broke.” Or so claim governors and lawmakers all over the country. Our states and our nation can no longer afford, their plaint goes, the programs and services that Americans expect government to provide. We must do with less. We need...