Trump's Mathematical Error in the 2017-18 Budget: Budget Office Perspectives
6 Pages Posted: 25 May 2017 Last revised: 28 May 2017
Date Written: May 23, 2017
The proposed 2017 Trump Administration Budget is premised on a rudimentary error of an arithmetic nature. This discussion paper ties the double-counting error in the Trump budget with the perspectives of budget institutions: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO); and identifies the pressing necessity of impartial analytical rigour in an environment of budget partisanship that invites fiscal sleights-of-hand.
Keywords: Donald Trump; Budgeting; Fiscal Oversight; Congressional Budget Office; Alternative Facts; 2017 Budget
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