July 08, 2003

Franklin: Making Ends Meet

Daniel Franklin (1993), Making Ends Meet: Congressional Budgeting in the Age of Deficits (Washington: Congressional Quarterly Books: 0871876566).

A very, very nice book. Highly recommended. I read it just after the inauguration in 1993, quoted it often, and all of a sudden a lot of people in the Treasury Department believed that I must have had at least five years of Hill staff experience somewhere in my cursus honorum.

However, it's mostly about an institutional structure--the Budget Enforcement Act--that has passed away and no longer constrains American politics.

Posted by DeLong at July 8, 2003 09:23 PM | TrackBack


Brad, keep it. I'm sure that it'll come in handy in the next Democratic administration. They'll have an enormous mess to clean up. You'll probably know somebody from your circle of friends, acquaintances, colleagues and students who will be involved.

Posted by: Barry on July 9, 2003 04:07 AM

And causus domesticus as well.

Posted by: northernLights on July 9, 2003 05:51 AM

The Budget Enforcement Act - doesn't that only take effect when there's a Democratic Congress?

Posted by: LowLife on July 9, 2003 06:29 AM

The Budget Enforcement Act - doesn't that only take effect when there's a Democratic Congress?

Posted by: LowLife on July 9, 2003 06:32 AM

Brad, why do you occasionally format your comments as if they were a blockquote?

Posted by: Keith M Ellis on July 9, 2003 07:34 AM

Forgive the topic change for a moment: Why does the media list 20 something soldiers killed in Iraq since the war was declared at an end on May 1, when there have been 72 American soldiers who have died and 10 British soldiers?

Posted by: LeeK on July 9, 2003 01:11 PM

The media notes 20 combat deaths. The other 52 deaths are non-combat. British soldiers, being not-American are regarded by the US media as somewhere between human and pet and therefore not mentioned.

Posted by: Dan on July 9, 2003 01:39 PM

Well I can tell you that this "non-combat" death stuff is baloney. Lance Corporal Gregory Macdonald was killed when his vehicle overturned as he rushed to save a group of fellow Marines who had been ambushed. His death is NOT included in the number because it officially was an "accident".

Yeah, right...

Like he would have been speeding toward the fight in his LAV (Light Armored Vehicle) manning the turret absent the war.

The cynic in me wants to say that they use the "combat casualty" category to make the numbers look less bad.

Posted by: James on July 9, 2003 01:46 PM

Slightly tangentially, a real "cursus honorum" wouldn't be a bad idea.

Posted by: Ian Welsh on July 9, 2003 08:38 PM

>>a real "cursus honorum" wouldn't be a bad idea.<<

In which case, put me down for Propraetor for the Roman Province of Southern Gaul...

Posted by: Brad DeLong on July 9, 2003 10:33 PM
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