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  •  New America Foundation: (4+ / 0-)

    Extreme caution seems in order.

    Formerly, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget was a part of New America until it separated to become the Fix the Debt campaign. The bipartisan Committee ran a number of projects, including US Budget Watch (, a project funded by Pew Charitable Trusts which reports on important fiscal issues relating to the 2008 election and continuing after that. One of its most recent initiatives is the "Go Big" initiative, which was created after The Budget Control Act of 2011, enacted in early August to raise the debt-ceiling and avoid default. The effort urged a bipartisan 12-member Joint Congressional Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Committee) with finding an additional $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction by November 23.

    Maya MacGuineas, who has worked at the liberal American think tank Brookings Institution and on Wall Street, led the Committee and now leads Fix the Debt.After advising politicians from both parties, she serves as a trusted mediator on budget talks between Democrats and Republicans.[7] In addition, in April 2010, the Committee's policy director, Marc Goldwein joined President Obama's bipartisan Fiscal Commission.[8] Goldwein, 26, was also named one of the Forbes' "30 under 30."[9]

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 04:36:21 PM PDT

    •  my my (2+ / 0-)
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      musiccitymollie, joanneleon

      [Gomer Pyle]Well Lookey here sarg[/Gomer Pyle]

      Amazing what a little due diligence does. Kudos joanneleon.

      ...... Social Security blogathon March 25th thru March 29th. #HandsOffmySS FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 05:14:27 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks, jl. New America Foundation definitely not (1+ / 0-)
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      a 'fire breathing' liberal think tank.

      Here's a link to the Wikipedia bio of one of its co-founders, Michael Lind.

      Apparently he's co-authored (with another New America co-founder Ted Halstead) a book entitled "The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics."

      Interestingly, when I 'Googled' Lind, a Centrist himself, I found the following quote from a 2010 Financial Times piece by Edward Luce:

      'Forces of populism' set to rise

      “Obama doesn’t have a populist bone in his body,” says Michael Lind, a fellow at the New America Foundation, a centrist think-tank. “But the forces of populism, the old Jefferson-Jackson sentiment which I think is still the core of American politics, are rising. And Obama has to find some way of accommodating them.”


      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      by musiccitymollie on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 05:44:27 PM PDT

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