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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.

Apr 6, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

White House Mixes Up Some Numbers on Simpson-Bowles

As readers of The Bottom Line and our releases will know, CRFB strives to compare as many plans as possible on a similar basis so that policymakers,...
Apr 6, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

IMF Warns of Fiscal Gimmickry

The IMF has a new report out called "Accounting Devices and Fiscal Illusions," a handy guide to different types of fiscal trickery...
Apr 5, 2012 | Health Care

Making Better Use of Health Care Dollars

Via Wonkblog, Sarah Kliff reports on an initiative by nine medical specialty groups to identify procedures that they find to be either unnecessary or...
Apr 5, 2012 | Taxes

How Much Did You Pay for National Defense?

Following up on a project they did last year, the White House has released its 2011 Federal Taxpayer Receipt. This tool allows you to put in how much...
Apr 4, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

What They're Hiding: Gimmicks in the FY 2013 Budget Resolutions

With a number of budget resolutions coming out, honest budgeting might be too much to ask for. As we took a look at the Republican (Ryan) and...
Apr 4, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

USA Today: 38 Members of Congress Find Courage to Do the Right Thing

The USA Today has joined us in the praise of the 38 Congressmen that had the courage to support the Cooper-LaTourette budget last week. With an...
Apr 4, 2012 | Economics

CFR's Richard Haass: Domestic Issues, Including Debt, Key to National Security

Richard Haass, the President of the Council on Foreign Relations, argues that the biggest threat to U.S. national security might not be a continent...
Apr 3, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Graphs, Graphs, Graphs: Comparing the FY 2013 Budgets

Just in case the whirlwind of plans out last week gave you a headache, the Bipartisan Policy Center has a number of comparisons for all the...
Apr 2, 2012

GAO's Long Term Outlook

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released its Long Term Outlook for the federal budget, showing an ever-climbing debt path as a...

An Addendum to the Fiscal Cliff

Via Twitter, Tax Policy Center director Donald Marron (@dmarron) makes a good point after reading our analysis last week of the "fiscal...
Mar 30, 2012 | Other Spending

Setting the Record Straight...on War Spending

The Simpson-Bowles alternative budget resolution put forward this week by Representatives Cooper, LaTourette, Schrader, Bass, Quigley, Dold and Costa...
Mar 30, 2012

CRFB's Policy Director Says "Stabilize the Debt"

CRFB's Senior Policy Director Marc Goldwein was the subject of a CNN piece (audio here) on the goal of deficit reduction (and the life of a budget...
Mar 30, 2012

MY VIEW: Erskine Bowles

Despite all the political gridlock and other developments that have people worried about our fiscal future, Fiscal Commission co-chair Erskine Bowles...
Mar 29, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

CRFB President on the National Debt Tour and Fiscal Developments

On CNBC's Squawk Box this morning, CRFB president Maya MacGuineas talks about the National Debt Tour and other developments in fiscal policy recently...
Mar 29, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Thanks for Your Fiscal Bravery

Yesterday, 38 members of the House cast votes for the bipartisan budget resolution that is modeled after Simpson-Bowles. 22 Democrats and 16...
Mar 29, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

What Congress Should Do With the Fiscal Cliff

With a large number of policies set to expire or kick in at the end of the year, with serious fiscal impacts, CRFB has released a paper laying...
Mar 29, 2012

The Newest TARP Estimate

CBO has released its newest cost estimate of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), projecting it to cost $32 billion over its lifetime, which is...
Mar 28, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Setting the Record Straight on Cooper-LaTourette

There have been a lot of claims circulating around about the "Simpson Bowles Alternative Budget Resolution" proposed by Congressmen Cooper...
Mar 28, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Additional Alternatives to the House Republican Budget

Update: We have updated the table with outlays, revenue, and debt numbers for the Congressional Black Caucus plan.Yesterday was a very busy day for...
Mar 28, 2012

CRFB Continues the "National Debt Tour"

As part of a continued national discussion on fiscal responsibility, The Wall Street Journal's Viewpoints Executive Breakfast Series will host...

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