We work to provide straightforward and unbiased analysis, not seeking to support any existing ideological framework. Finding real solutions for the next generation requires people working to advance reforms wherever possible, regardless of their beliefs on countless other issues. We believe that people across the political spectrum can agree on some basic principles that the body of economic data suggests are true.
Current Rates of Spending are a National Problem
In recent years, the United States budget has steadily risen, and discretionary spending alone has more than doubled since the 1960s.
In future years, deficits and debt are expected to skyrocket, risking increased federal spending for interest payments on the debt, and even more serious problems. Thanks to years of dysfunctional budgeting, the idea of a “safety net” is becoming less and less safe. Indeed, those on all sides of partisan debates will see priorities endangered by ever-rising spending.
All Spending Should be on the Table
Polls show that most Americans want Congress to deal with the problem. And many politicians run on the promise of reigning in federal outlays. Why, then, has spending grown steadily over time?
The answer, we believe, is simple. For too long, too few have been willing to look at the entire budget. This attitude is harmful both to the nation’s fiscal health and also to the programs themselves. Shutting off major government departments from scrutiny harms efficiency, encourages waste, prevents reforms, and allows spending to keep rising.
Changing D.C.’s Spending Culture is the Cause of our Generation
Recent economic reports demonstrate clearly that spending is the problem when it comes to budget shortfalls and skyrocketing debt. Questions of other economic policy may divide along partisan lines, but acting now to get our budgets under control is a reasonable solution that all sides should seek.
Achieving this goal requires balanced, accessible research on the budget. The Institute for Spending Reform exists to fill that void.