How Should Policymakers Treat The Budget For Non-Defense "Discretionary" Programs?
Publication Date: March 2007
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Economic projections; Fiscal future; Federal budget
Domestic discretionary programs are not the cause of the nation’s fiscal problems. It also should be recognized that some non-defense discretionary programs will require additional resources in coming years if the nation is to improve the productivity of the workforce and maintain international competitiveness, to confront a variety of global challenges like the global HIV/AIDS crisis and global warming, and to address poverty and rising inequality in the United States.