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Articles by James C. Capretta (page 1)

June 26, 2023 5:32 am

We Used to Want Government to Work Well—And We Still Can

The surprisingly long history of the quest to make bureaucracy more effective and efficient.
James C. Capretta
March 30, 2023 5:30 am

As the Debt Ceiling Crisis Looms, Republicans Resort to a Gimmick

The GOP’s spending prioritization bill won’t work, practically or politically.
James C. Capretta
February 24, 2023 5:30 am

Democrats and Republicans Are Both Deluded About the Nation’s Fiscal Outlook

The national debt is projected to balloon and both parties offer unrealistic proposals.
James C. Capretta
November 3, 2022 5:30 am

Republicans’ Irresponsibility in Playing Political Games with the Debt Ceiling

Real budgetary reforms are needed. A debt-limit fight is the wrong way to advance those reforms.
James C. Capretta
October 13, 2022 5:30 am

How the Federal Budget Process Intensifies Partisanship

Budgeting rules were put in place when bipartisanship was still possible. Now the norm is to use them for strictly…
James C. Capretta
July 8, 2022 5:30 am

How Wobbly Are the Finances of the World’s Major Governments?

For many countries, the fiscal resilience trends look bad.
James C. Capretta
June 21, 2022 5:30 am

Ripple Effects of the Fed’s Anti-Inflation Actions

Among other things, tighter monetary policy will affect the federal budget outlook.
James C. Capretta
May 9, 2022 7:46 am

Is Biden a Deficit Hawk?

Explaining the administration’s recent rhetorical shift on fiscal matters.
James C. Capretta
April 8, 2022 5:40 am

The Gang of Ten and the Challenge of Bipartisan Budgeting

The center of the Senate holds a great deal of power. Why not use it to fix real problems?
James C. Capretta
March 7, 2022 5:30 am

Sizing Up the Fiscal Challenge

How changing the government’s accounting method—and reforming the congressional budgeting process—could start to improve the federal budget outlook.
James C. Capretta