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Dead Men Ruling: The Government We Deserve

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Publication Date: June 2007

Publisher(s): Tax Policy Center

Author(s): C. Eugene Steuerle

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Government (Public finance)

Keywords: Governance; Fiscal future

Type: Report


Let's get the facts straight. The nation's current fiscal mess stems from increasingly foolhardy efforts by both major political parties to control an uncertain future long, long before it has arrived. We've been in budget jams before, but not like this one. For perspective, what if during William Howard Taft's presidency Congress had enacted laws that would predetermine all spending from its day on and well into the 21st century?