FROM THE REPORT
No one reading this report can avoid being struck by the magnitude of the long-term budget challenge facing the federal government. Other studies have called attention to this challenge in similar terms. This study provides a framework that leaders can use to systematically consider a range of choices . . .
This report neither presumes nor recommends a particular path to a stable fiscal future. In a democracy, it is not the role of experts from outside the government to decide important policy questions, especially questions of this magnitude. That is the task of political leaders.
If we as a nation do not grapple promptly and wisely with the changes needed to put the federal budget on a sustainable course, all of us will find that the public goals we most value are at risk. This report will have served its purpose if its insights and analytical framework are widely used to support serious discussion . . .
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This website was developed by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The site and the fiscal future social media communities launched by Public Agenda are online supplements to the report developed by a joint committee of the National Academy of Public Administration and the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences (...)