The Politics of the Federal Budget

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

David Wessel dissects the federal budget, a subject that is fiercely debated in the halls of Congress and in the media, yet is misunderstood by the American public. In Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget, Wessel looks at the 2011 fiscal year to see where all the money was actually spent, and why the budget process has grown so far out of control.


David Wessel

Comments [6]

mitchell essig

Healthcare is a priviledge not a right.Health is a responsibility . Health care fix from a 30 yr practitioner : demerits for detimental life style behavior :federal tax return should have a questions for height , weight & are you a smoker ? The first layer of tax audit should be : "step on the scale" . If you are morbidly obese i.e.a body mass > 36 - you are off medicare, medicaid . There is no need to throw good money after bad .

Aug. 01 2012 12:54 PM
Joan from Brooklyn

The object of a good economy is to improve living standards? What world is Mr. Wessel living in? It seems to me that the object since the 70s, when living standards leveled off and then began declining, has been to keep us all in the economic equivalent of barefoot and pregnant. A fearful, compliant workforce is a cheap workforce. And, as AIGs Benmosche has said workers should not expect to receive benefits but be prepared to work into their 70s and 80s. Improve living standards my foot.

Aug. 01 2012 12:53 PM
John A from France, 1789

I found the Fresh Air version of this interview slightly edgier - but we are not over yet - Very Thankful for both, BTW.

Aug. 01 2012 12:37 PM
Henry from Manhattan

That comparative military spending list David Wessel rattled off is just embarrassing to the United States.

Aug. 01 2012 12:25 PM

War on Terror. War on Drugs. Neither is necessary and both are destroying our country.

Aug. 01 2012 12:21 PM

If we reduced the military budget, we could provide healthcare. who are we building up against? sounds like national paranoia. the war on terror doesn't require the equipment of traditional war.

Aug. 01 2012 12:17 PM

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