Douglas Holtz-Eakin


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If you have a complicated argument like that, you have to lay the groundwork months, years in
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Nov 13 2017
Douglas Holtz-Eakin has been quoted 74 times. The one recent article where Douglas Holtz-Eakin has been quoted is Tough decisions loom as congressional GOP moves closer to tax-cut plan. Most recently, Douglas Holtz-Eakin was quoted as having said, “If they thought they had the solution, it would have been in the [bill] already.”.
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Sep 22 2017

If it is a well-designed tax policy, it will partially offset the

Sep 11 2017 - Obamacare

I believe that language has become unhelpful and needs to go

Sep 11 2017 - Obamacare

Insurance is a way of shifting around the national health care bill from people who incur to the people who pay it. The real issue is the underlying bill. It's actually the practice and the conduct of the delivery system that drives people crazy. It's not like the rest of the economy where consumer sovereignty still

Sep 11 2017 - Obamacare

Health care reform is not a bill. It's a process. It'll be an ongoing

Sep 11 2017

Putting aside the understandable sympathy motives, I'm not a big fan of this idea. I prefer the tax code to be permanent, and structured to enhance trend growth; that is the tax reform objective and this doesn't promote

Aug 16 2017 - Trump Presidency

Some of the most liberal names in the Senate voted for it, like Ted Kennedy. You have to ask yourself, would that happen in today's environment? No, because they don't fear Donald Trump like they did Ronald

Aug 08 2017 - Trump Presidency

Some have argued that getting rid of the regulations would raise gross domestic product by just exactly that: $890 billion. If gradually achieved over 10 years, that translates into an additional 0.1 percentage point in growth. While not exactly chump change, it highlights the difficulty in substantially moving the long-term rate of economic

Aug 04 2017

You can't declare victory on the economy until you see that productivity number

Aug 04 2017 - Trump Presidency

On balance, it's hard to see a Trump bump. The economy is solid. It's not

Aug 03 2017

If there is something [already] on the books, the administration has enormous ability to establish its enforcement priorities. They can switch an awful lot very quickly, and they

Jul 26 2017 - Obamacare

Because the amendment would become part of the underlying bill, the new bill would have to satisfy those same reconciliation instructions. So the CBO should provide an estimate on each amendment so that they know that they're in

Jul 26 2017 - Obamacare

During Medicare Part D, at about 5:30 every morning, then-Senator Max Baucus would call my cell phone and tell me what I had to have ready. There was a regular workload of being ready to be able to give the Senate scores on amendments, and we

Jul 15 2017 - Republican Party

I doubt Mike Enzi would want to do that, because then you're in the business of jurisdiction shopping on every score. They have a CBO and a budget process explicitly for the purpose of not being reliant on the executive branch for

Jul 12 2017 - Obamacare

It would seem like an undesirable outcome for an exercise intended to rescue Obamacare (markets) that are melting

Jul 12 2017

You have the possibility of two different risk

Jun 27 2017

This has not been just semantics, but a political war for 40 years

Jun 27 2017

In a political ad, the first thing you say is 'cut.' Then you go to the synonyms like 'slash'. Pretty soon it gets to be a real powerful

Jun 26 2017

I have a deep faith in its commitment to nonpartisanship and the integrity of its

Jun 26 2017

You have to anticipate the decisions made by, ultimately, 300 million Americans. That's

Jun 24 2017 - Republican Party

No one wins on health care

Jun 23 2017 - American politics

This is a historic enterprise, and it explains why the screaming coming out of the left is so

Jun 23 2017 - American politics

When otherwise has this been done? You can't name any combination of tax cuts and entitlement reforms like this in one

Jun 22 2017 - Republican Party

There's, I think, an overabundance of caution up front to make sure that markets get stabilized and coverage gets maintained to the extent possible. They made sure there's enough money in there up front to, sort of, assuage those

May 27 2017

People are fully employed and fully unhappy because wage growth is too slow. That's a

May 27 2017

I would declare a victory, normalize monetary policy, and then go look at the supply-side things that would raise productivity

May 23 2017 - Trump Presidency

With the economy back to near full employment, conventional tax cuts or stimulus spending won't have that much of an effect. What is needed are policies that genuinely augment the supply side of the

May 12 2017 - Trump Presidency

I don't think any of this should be thought of as increasing short-term

Apr 28 2017

It's politics and symbolism. 'If we're going to do something in November, could we take credit for it now?' . It gives them two bites of the apple. We keep track of regulatory cost on a regular basis. There's about a $7 billion difference between the total regulatory cost imposed in this administration and the previous two. The business sector is going to notice

Apr 27 2017

There are many Republicans who genuinely care about deficits. They recognize that you can't create permanent tax reform if you're blowing up the deficit. . I think this is an opening salvo. With this president, everything is a negotiation, and this is his opening

Apr 27 2017

I want a plan that's focused on growth as much as anyone. But these tax cuts are not going to pay for themselves. If you believe that, you're kidding

Apr 26 2017

The president is right to press for tax reform, but his plan is irresponsible and

Apr 25 2017

I can imagine cutting the rate to 15 percent. I can imagine growing a percentage point faster. I can imagine raising $2 trillion in revenue. I can't imagine them being one and the same

Apr 20 2017

I would start drinking earlier every day, yes, absolutely. In both the House and the Senate, there are large blocs of Republicans who are properly quite nervous about the outlook, who when they think about growth, understand that sailing straight into a sovereign debt crisis is not a pro-growth

Apr 12 2017

If you cut the employees' payroll tax, then you impose that tax on employers, and you do that in equal and opposite proportions, it has zero economic impact. It doesn't do

Apr 10 2017

That's its primary virtue. It's the cleanest fix

Mar 29 2017

The reality is that it always going to be very hard to get a single bill that attracted votes from everyone from the Freedom Caucus to Susan

Mar 29 2017

He knows this stuff inside and

Mar 27 2017

There are strong core conservatives worried about individual freedoms, the size of government and by the number of bodies in government who clearly influenced this document. I would say what's the payoff on Big Bird. You're going to lose and it isn't big

Mar 27 2017

If want to influence the process, you have to get it at the front end. That's just the way the congressional budget process is

Mar 23 2017

It's fiendishly complicated. I have a dream of a tax code that the average Ph.D. in economics can understand and comply

Mar 23 2017

It's received wisdom among tax people that having two tax systems makes no sense. It's a shadow tax system. Personally, I believe you should have one tax system you believe in and then live with

Mar 16 2017

There's been reticence in the House since the word 'Go'. You have to have someone own this in the West

Mar 12 2017

It is his vision for the administration of the government. But the big government that everyone

Feb 28 2017

They have to establish

Feb 27 2017

I believe they have left themselves no choice. Politically they must do

Feb 25 2017

It's definitely a hand-off to the states. It's a commitment for money. It doesn't say how

Feb 07 2017

I don't think that is a model that is going be viewed as successful or that you can use it for all of the infrastructure needs that the U.S.

Jan 18 2017

This is the most dramatic change in business taxation ever proposed in the United States, period. If you want to get dramatically better economic performance and that is the goal – you want growth and you want it in the U.S., you have to make dramatic

Jan 08 2017

They have to do some sort of repeal bill, it's a political necessity, and once they do that they own it. So they need to get it

Jan 08 2017 - Affordable Care Act

Politically, people don't love change. The employer market is the one place the Affordable Care Act didn't change and also the place that's performed the best since

Jan 03 2017

This argument by the oil industry is, frankly, all wrong. Refiners are going to be basically held harmless. They'll have a lower dollar price of oil. Net cost is the same. And they go about their business. I'm

Dec 15 2016

The concern is that will feed more premium

Dec 02 2016

You get back to this old problem we have of spending growing faster than the economy. If you don't solve the cost problem, it will undercut coverage expansions because they get too

Nov 10 2016

Medicaid is going to be the crucial issue. There is a practical political reality

Sep 23 2016 - Commonwealth

You could quibble about some of the modeling, but directionally I think it's

Aug 05 2016

Wage growth figures indicate that the tide is

Jun 23 2016

I don't know where he's going to get the money. Maybe he's got it in the Cayman Islands or something?feedback

May 07 2016

There is no upside. It's a false

Feb 05 2016

The January report is a solid report in

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