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Analyst: GOP hopefuls' budgets unrealistic

Analyst: GOP hopefuls' budgets unrealistic

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Proposals by Republican U.S. presidential hopefuls to lop off a chunk of the federal budget may be popular but are unrealistic, a budget watchdog group says.

Candidates' plans would increase defict

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- Plans outlined by the three main U.S. presidential contenders will increase the federal deficit, adding to the national debt significantly, budget experts say.

Economic reality vs. candidate's rhetoric

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Analysts say the next U.S. president may have to raise taxes and reduce benefits as healthcare costs soar and baby boomers retire in a stumbling U.S. economy.

Congress approves 4 tax cuts

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed four tax-cutting bills in two days, eliminating $94.5 billion in revenue from the federal budget.

U.S. cuts Medicaid, funds digital TV

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Congress is set to spend as much as $3 billion to subsidize digital television converter boxes before broadcasting goes all digital before the end of 2008.

Analysis: Medicare means testing unlikely

WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- Health care analysts say means testing for seniors in Medicare would not help the program's shaky finances significantly, but it does create a political fear factor for Democrats who see Republicans as trying to eat away at America's social commitment to
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

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