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Blog | July 2016

Welcome to our blog – The Bottom Line, where you’ll find up-to-date commentary and analysis on the most important news in the fiscal world. Below is a list of our blog posts.
Social Security
Jul 29, 2016 | Social Security

Long-Term Budget Outlook Underlines Trouble Ahead for Social Security

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) 2016 Long-Term Budget Outlook release came with updated projections of the 75-year solvency of Social...
Jul 28, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Making Trust Funds Solvent Would Just About Stabilize Debt

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) long-term outlook shows a bleak picture, with federal debt steadily rising from 75 percent of Gross...
Jul 27, 2016 | Health Care

Analyzing Clinton's Health and Education Expansions

Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently unveiled expansions of her proposals for higher education and...
Jul 27, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

How Much Would Clinton and Trump Increase Our $19 Trillion Gross Debt?

Our report Promises and Price Tags: A Fiscal Guide to the 2016 Election estimates that debt held by the public would rise from about $14 trillion...
Donald Trump
Jul 25, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Has President Obama Doubled the National Debt?

While accepting the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump said, "President Obama has almost doubled our national debt to more than $...
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Jul 22, 2016 | Health Care

Latest Health Spending Projection Shows Higher Spending Growth Ahead

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its National Health Expenditure (NHE) projections for 2015-2025 last week. National...
Taxes_1040 Form
Jul 22, 2016 | Taxes

Is the U.S. the Highest Taxed Nation in the World?

As he accepted the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump stated that “America is one of the highest-taxed countries...
Jul 21, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

The Long-Term Outlook Could Be Even Worse Than CBO Says

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) long-term outlook shows debt nearly doubling as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the...
Jul 19, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

The Very, Very Long-Term Budget Outlook

The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) long-term outlook shows growing federal debt over the next 30 years, but we extended those projections to...
Jul 19, 2016 | Taxes

What Donald Trump Can Do to Improve His Tax and Spending Policies

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week, Donald Trump’s economic advisers Andy Puzder and Stephen Moore stated that the campaign will release...