CBO: What if Congress did nothing this year? Well, we’d cut the deficit
- positive According to a hypothetical posed by the Congressional Budget Office, if Congress’ deadlock worsened and nothing got done this year, the deficit would shrink heavily as the Bush tax cuts would expire and other spending initiatives would end. Huh.
- negative However … this comes with a lot of pain. As federal workers lose their jobs, the unemployment rate would rise above 9 percent again, and the economy’s recent gains would get pushed back, according to CBO estimates. Would the cost be worth the benefit, guys? source
» The trade-off: "On the one hand, if policymakers leave current laws unchanged, the federal debt will probably recede slowly," said CBO director Douglas W. Elmendorf. "On the other hand, changing current laws to let current policies continue … would boost the economy and allow people to pay less in taxes and benefit more from government programs in the next few years — but put the nation on an unsustainable fiscal course." That’s a tough one, kids.
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