Inflation is high. The GDP has shrunk. But the job market has never been better. The Washington Post's Damian Paletta helps make sense of the U.S. economy today.
Estimates of the federal budget surplus are dropping. Economic forecasters agree the recent tax cut altered the budgetary outlook, but disagree on how much, and on whether it’s a problem. President Bush’s critics say it’s proof the tax cut was irresponsible; his supporters say the tax cut was the best way to anticipate an economic slowdown. A panel talks about why the surplus is shrinking and how Washington policymakers should be handling the nation’s finances.
- Robert Bixby Executive director of the Concord Coalition
- Mark Wilson Of the Heritage Foundation
- Robert Greenstein Founder and executive director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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