Maya MacGuineas is President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and Director of the Fiscal Policy Program at the New America Foundation. Both organizations are bi-partisan and seek to shed light on issues that may impact U.S. fiscal policy. In this open letter to representative Boehner, Ms. MacGuineas offers some perspective from the point-of-view of someone who specializes in economic matters.
"I realize I'm not going to convince anybody to stop pushing to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, but just between friends, we all know that these tax cuts are not the best way to stimulate the economy, nor are they the centerpiece of any real effort at fundamental reform in the longer run.
If you do proceed with making some or all of the tax cuts permanent, it will only make fixing the deficit and debt problem all the more difficult. And you can't fix the economy if you don't fix the debt problem."