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Alice Rivlin
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Economist
    (March 4, 1931-May 14, 2019)
    Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Birth name was Alice Mitchell
    Wrote 'The Role of the Federal Government in Financing Higher Education' (1961), 'Systematic Thinking for Social Action' (1971), 'Economic Choices' (1982) and 'Caring for the Disabled Elderly: Who Will Pay?' (1988)
    Member of the Brookings Institute (1955-93)
    First Director of the Congressional Budget Office (1975-83)
    Director of the Office of Management and the Budget (1994-96)
    Vice-Chair of the Federal Reserve (1996-99)
    Co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Debt Reduction Task Force (2010)
    Appointed by Barack Obama to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (2010)
    She described her CBO job as 'official purveyor of bad news to Congress.'
    She bipartisanly recommends tax increases (ticking off Republicans) and entitlement cuts (ticking off Democrats).
    Paul Ryan kept trying to make his budget proposals more palatable to Democrats by insisting they are based on her ideas. (Unfortunately for him, she kept popping up to make remarks like, 'This budget plan is quite different from anything I would recommend.')
    She does the Harlem Shake in a video aimed at getting young people to pressure lawmakers to address the national debt.
    As CBO director, she rejected rosy 'this will pay for itself' projections for both Democratic spending programs and Ronald Reagan's tax cuts.
    She won a MacArthur Foundation 'genius grant' (1983).
    She said about her sometimes unpopular deficit reduction plans, 'I have a bias against magic wands and painless solutions.'

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