Ellen Frank teaches economics at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and is a Dollars & Sense Associate.
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Monday, March 11, 2013
True Aim of Deficit Scare-Mongering: To Gut Social Security and Medicare
US politics seems stuck in an endless debate about the size of the federal deficit and federal debt.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Beyond Deficit Scare-Mongering
U.S. politics seems stuck in an endless debate about the size of the federal deficit and federal debt. From congressional Republicans’ refusals to lift the debt ceiling, fears of the “fiscal cliff,” disputes about the “sequestration” and its automatic federal spending cuts, and upcoming debates on a new federal budget and the need for so-called entitlement reform (primarily cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid)—all hinge on the presumed need to get the U.S.