I just found out this morning that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)♠ has its own Blog, with posts under the Director's name. Here it is—book mark it!
The latest OMB post is a come back on the CBO post on the proposed IMAC ♥. The IMAC is discussed by The Washington Post's David Broder here. In his own analysis, Slate's Mickey Kaus opines that Mr Broder is destined for an early trip to an ice floe.♦
But, as for "Dueling Blogs," how about this last paragraph of the OMB Director's blog post (linked above)
A final note is worth underscoring. As a former CBO director, I can attest that CBO is sometimes accused of a bias toward exaggerating costs and underestimating savings. Unfortunately, parts of today’s analysis from CBO could feed that perception. For example, and without specifying precisely how the various modifications would work, CBO somehow concluded that the council could "eventually achieve annual savings equal to several percent of Medicare spending...[which] would amount to tens of billions of dollars per year after 2019." Such savings are welcome (and rare!), but it is also the case that (for good reason) CBO has restricted itself to qualitative, not quantitative, analyses of long-term effects from legislative proposals. In providing a quantitative estimate of long-term effects without any analytical basis for doing so, CBO seems to have overstepped.Ouch!
Regards — Cliff
♠ OMB is part of the Executive Branch, with the Director of the OMB, Mr Peter Orszag, reporting to the President. Wikipedia entry for Mr Orszag is here.
♥ Independent Medicare Advisory Council, a five member board to be appointed by the President, with the approval of the Senate to five year terms and modeled on the BRAC, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The CBO Post appears to be this one.
♦ Mr Kaus cites the Lucianne dot Com blog, but I couldn't find it in a quick search. My original link was from Instapundit.