Tyler Evilsizer: Fiscal Negligence of Recent Congresses Must Be Dealt With Now

Tyler Evilsizer is deputy policy director at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote an opinion piece for The Hill, an excerpt of which is below: 

The budget deficit is projected to total almost $900 billion this year — higher than any time outside of the Great Recession — and policymakers have no one to blame but themselves.

Ordinarily, high deficits are the result of a recession or a war, but not this time. In fact, the deficit has never been this high when the economy was this strong and the country wasn’t fighting a major war. 

Often, growing structural deficits can be attributed to the effects of an aging population and rising health-care costs on the nation’s largest spending programs, but not this year.

Read the entire piece here.

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