Difference between revisions of "Balanced budget"
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A '''balanced budget''' is a budgetin which receipts equal or exceedoutlays. Fiscal conservatives, such as [[George H. W. Bush]] balanced budgets, more liberal polticians do not.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/reference/glossary_term/balanced_budget.htm] US Senate Reference
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A balanced budget is a budget in which receipts equal (or exceed) outlays. Fiscal conservatives, such as George H. W. Bush favor balanced budgets, while more liberal polticians do not. In the United States, state and local governments are required to have a balanced budget, but the Federal Government has no such requirement and may incur a budget deficit.
There are conservatives, such as Bruce Bartlett (a former domestic policy adviser to President Reagan), who oppose a Federal balanced budget. Bartlett argues that a balanced budget amendment would be nearly impossible to enforce and that forcing a balanced budget in times of economic downturns would worsen the economy.