Build Back Better -- Wasting Trillions
As Democrats regroup to try to pass their $2 trillion Build Back Better Act, pressure grows for shining the light of fiscal responsibility on all this.
Given President Joe Biden's crashing approval ratings, there is some hint that the American people smell a rat.
One sign of the smell of that rat is the alarming escalation of the rate of inflation to where it hasn't been in over 30 years.
Let's start with the announcement from the Treasury Department a week ago that the revenue measures built in to finance the $2 trillion in spending will not only not add to the nation's existing fiscal deficit but will reduce it.
The headline from the Treasury department reads "Preliminary Estimates Show Build Back Better Legislation Will Reduce Deficits." The document shows an estimate of $2.151 trillion in revenue raising measures against $2 trillion in spending.
However, the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business has its own model, overseen by a professor with extensive experience in the Congressional Budget Office and the Treasury Department. According to the Wharton model, Build Back Better will add $500 billion to the federal deficit.
Treasury says the Build Back Better cuts the deficit by $151 billion. Wharton says it increases it by $500 billion. Not exactly a trivial difference.
Who do we believe?
The Congressional Budget Office will also weigh in. But it still leaves us with the question of who to believe.
It isn't about one place having better economists than the other.