Is a Legislative Budget Office Compatible with the Nostrums of an 'Alternative-Facts' and Post-Truth Era?
10 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2017
Date Written: February 25, 2017
Legislative Budget Offices are a core element in the movement towards enhancing transparency and accountability in the fiscal process. Yet they are fragile institutions that must continually defend their position in the budget process through analytical rigour and nonpartisanship. When they do come under attack, the consequences for the fiscal process are singularly dire. That is why, in an era of “alternative facts” and “post-truth” nostrums, the viability of the American Congressional Budget Office (CBO) requires revisitation. This paper considers the text of remarks from a hostile American political figure against the CBO (Gingrich, 2017), to reexamine an emergent question in budgetary philosophy: is a Legislative Budget Office compatible with the nostrums of an “alternative facts” and post-Truth era?
Keywords: Trump, Budget, Congressional Budget Office, Fiscal Policy, Accountability, Institutions, Republicans, Sustainability
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