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Brian Higginbotham is senior economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He works with Dr. Martin A. Regalia, the Chamber’s chief economist to understand developments in the U.S. and global economies. He writes extensively about the economy, entitlement reform, and tax policy, among other issues facing entrepreneurs and policymakers.
Previously, Brian served as an economist at the Congressional Joint Economic Committee where he advised committee members on monetary policy, the state of the economy, and tax policy.
Brian has a B.A. in political science from UCLA and an M.S. in economics from Johns Hopkins University. He is completing his Ph.D. in public policy at George Mason University in Virginia.
Election years are the best of times, and the worst of times, for reasoned major policy discussions. They are the best of times because candidates and the country tend during elections to focus on big issues. The current crop of presidential candidates has done an extraordinary job of demonstrating why elections years are also the worst of times as the candidates have thoroughly mangled important policy issues. One area where this is especially pronounced is with the candidates’ positions on entitlements, such as the future of the Social Security program.
The summary report from CBO underscores the structural challenges that continue to face the budget outlook.
The U.S. economy racked up another middling performance in 2015.
There is still time to ensure market participants understand how the decision will be made.