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The US deficit

Author: Kathy Jennings; Lynn M Zott
Publisher: Farmington Hills, MI : Greenhaven Press, ©2013.
Series: Opposing viewpoints series (Unnumbered)
Edition/Format:   Book : English
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This volume explores the topics relating to the vastly differing approaches to the various causes and proposed solutions to the U.S. budget deficit by presenting varied expert opinions that examine many of the different aspects that comprise these issues. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. Allows the reader to attain the higher-level  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kathy Jennings; Lynn M Zott
ISBN: 9780737760507 0737760508 9780737760514 0737760516
OCLC Number: 783171217
Description: 264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: ch. 1. What are some key issues in the debate over the deficit? Deficit reduction is crucial to strengthen the US economy / Carla Fried --
Deficit reduction will not strengthen the US economy / Joseph E. Stiglitz --
Job growth will lead to US economic recovery and deficit reduction / Dean Baker --
Deficit reduction must take place before job growth can occur / Peter D. Schiff --
Debate over deficit reduction is more about politics than the economy / Christopher Hayes --
Poor economic policy does more harm to the economy than a large deficit / Daniel Berger --
ch. 2. What role should taxes play in deficit reduction? Raising taxes can help reduce the budget deficit / Congressional Budget Office --
Raising taxes will not resolve the budget deficit / Tino Sanandaji and Arvid Malm --
Placing limits on tax expenditures will raise revenue and lower the budget deficit / Martin Feldstein --
Tax increases for wealthy Americans would greatly reduce the deficit / Robert Reich --
The price of taxing the rich / Robert Frank --
Tax reform is necessary to reduce the deficit / Barack Obama ; Reducing the deficit through tax reform is unrealistic / Len Burman --
ch. 3. Will cuts to entitlement programs reduce the deficit? Cuts to entitlements and other programs are essential to reduce the deficit / Michael Tanner --
Cuts to crucial government programs will make the deficit larger / Mike Whitney --
Medicare reforms benefiting middle and lower income Americans could reduce the deficit / Michele Swenson --
Cutting Medicare spending is unnecessary because it is an affordable program / James Kwak --
Social security spending is a major contributor to the deficit and must be cut / Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget --
Social security does not add to the deficit and cuts could destroy the program / National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare --
Cuts should be made to health care costs, not to entitlement programs / Alan S. Blinder --
Entitlement spending must be cut because the US population is aging / Charles Blahous --
ch. 4. Should defense spending be cut to reduce the deficit? Cutting defense spending will reduce the deficit and increase national security / David Morris --
The dangerous debate over cutting military spending / Robert J. Samuelson --
Cutting defense spending should be done carefully to preserve national security / Dick K. Nanto and Mindy R. Levit --
The US defense budget is bloated and can be easily cut / Taylor Marvin --
Past presidential administrations provide a blueprint for sustainable defense spending / Lawrence J. Korb, Laura Conley, and Alex Rothman --
Reforming the defense industry will help cut defense spending and the deficit / August Cole --
America can no longer afford to keep the world safe / Will Wilkinson.
Series Title: Opposing viewpoints series (Unnumbered)
Responsibility: Kathy Jennings and Lynn M. Zott, book editors.

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This volume explores the topics relating to the vastly differing approaches to the various causes and proposed solutions to the U.S. budget deficit by presenting varied expert opinions that examine many of the different aspects that comprise these issues. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. Allows the reader to attain the higher-level critical thinking and reading skills that are essential in a culture of diverse and contradictory opinions.

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