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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.

Aug 24, 2012

Bowles, Simpson, and MacGuineas Discuss Fiscal Cliff

Over the past couple of days, CRFB President Maya MacGuineas and CRFB Board Members former Senator Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles have made the...

CBO Projects a Recession -- But How Deep?

We've warned many times before that going off the fiscal cliff would throw the economy into a double dip recession. With CBO's updated budget and...
Aug 24, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

CRFB's Jason Peuquet on the Republican Candidates' Plans

On New America's weekly podcast series The Sidebar, CRFB Research Director Jason Peuquet added some analysis on Representative Paul Ryan's (R-WI...
Aug 23, 2012

Stebbins Touts the Campaign to Fix the Debt

In a recent op-ed in the Miami Herald, World Fuel Services Corporation chairman Paul Stebbins touted his membership in the Campaign to Fix the Debt....
Aug 23, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

What Else is New? Changes in CBO's Baseline

Naturally, when a new budget projection is released, as CBO's updated baseline was yesterday, a good question to ask is: what happened? It is...
Aug 23, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Uncertainty Stemming From Our Political Problems

A few days ago, CNBC highlighted a client note by Goldman Sachs strategist David Kostin about the fiscal cliff. In short, he advises them to be wary...
Aug 23, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

CRFB's Newest Realistic Baseline

With the release of CBO's updated budget and economic outlook, we at CRFB have the opportunity to update our Realistic baseline. Recall that our...
Aug 22, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

CBO's Updated Economic and Budget Outlook

CRFB has just released a new analysis of CBO's updated Budget and Economic Outlook. The CBO updates its baseline every year in January,...
Aug 22, 2012

MY VIEW: Eugene Steuerle

Today, in "The Government We Deserve," Eugene Steuerle wrote an opinion piece about the need for budget constraints alongside health...
Aug 22, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

CBO's Updated Baseline Just Released

The Congressional Budget Office has just updated its Economic and Budget Outlook. We will be releasing a paper on changes to CBO's projections from...
Aug 21, 2012 | Taxes

Mixed News for Tax Reform

Reports today about the Republican Party's platform committee yields some good news and bad news for tax reform. First, the good news. The Wall...
Aug 21, 2012 | Social Security

AP's Ohlemacher Presents Social Security Options

Last week, Social Security celebrated its 77th birthday. But with the surplus in the trust fund due to be exhausted by 2033, its next 77 years face...
Aug 20, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Ripon Forum Features Simpson-Bowles Plan

Is the Simpson-Bowles plan where the budget debate will eventually end up? The latest edition of the Ripon Forum seems to think so, making the plan...
Aug 20, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Crapo and Simpson Host Discussion on the Federal Debt

This afternoon Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) will join CRFB President Maya MacGuineas in a public discussion at the...
Aug 20, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Gregg and Rendell Urge Lawmakers to Fix the Debt

In an op-ed in POLITICO, Campaign to Fix the Debt co-chairs Judd Gregg and Ed Rendell introduce the Campaign and explain its purpose. They start off...
Aug 17, 2012

Fiscal Fact Checker: What did President Obama do to Medicare?

A recent advertisement from the Romney-Ryan campaign claims that “Obama Cut $716 billion from Medicare… to pay for Obamacare.” It...
Aug 17, 2012

Jared Bernstein Agrees -- There is No Free Lunch

Nearly a month ago, we tried to dispel the claim that due to low interest rates, borrowing was essentially a free lunch. As we explained at the time...
Aug 17, 2012

My View: Maya MacGuineas

Yesterday in the Coeur d'Alene Press, CRFB President Maya MacGuineas wrote an op-ed touting the Campaign to Fix the Debt and its upcoming stop in...
Aug 16, 2012

Auto Bailout Cost Rises

Even though the bailout measures past during the recession have, for the most part, ended, cost estimates for many of the bailout programs are still...
Aug 16, 2012

92,000

A week ago, the Campaign to Fix the Debt launched the "Citizen's Petition to Fix the Debt," demanding that Congressional leaders and the...

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