The Public Interest

The balanced budget crusade

Robert Eisner

Winter 1996

A”BALANCED budget,” no matter that few know what it means, particularly by archaic federal accounting rules, seems to be an American icon. Republicans and President Clinton now both proclaim it as a goal, differing only on timing and the means of achieving it. 

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