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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 2, 2013 | Social Security

More Ways to Reform the Social Security Disability Insurance Program

The recent NPR segment from Chana Joffe-Walt on the disability insurance program has certainly started a conversation. The Washington Post's...
Apr 1, 2013 | Taxes

RATE Coalition Urges a More Competitive Tax Code

Today, the RATE Coalition sent a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees, urging them to...
Apr 1, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Mankiw Agrees on the Target for Deficit Reduction

Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors and Harvard Professor Greg Mankiw explains how a sustainable budget would affect debt levels in a...
Apr 1, 2013 | Social Security

NYT Gets It Wrong on the Chained CPI

The New York Times has an editorial criticizing switching to the chained CPI for Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs). Recall that the...
Apr 1, 2013

MY VIEW: Pete Peterson

In today's Politico, CRFB board member and former Secretary of Commerce Pete Peterson calls for a long-term solution to our national debt, which...
Mar 29, 2013 | Budget Process| Taxes

A "Dynamic" Amendment to the Senate Budget

Among the many amendments that were voted on to the Senate budget resolution, one caught the eye of POLITICO: Sen. Rob Portman's (R-OH) amendment to...
Mar 29, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

The Uncertainty of Long-Term Projections

The Economic Policy Institute's Ethan Pollack has a blog post questioning the accuracy and ultimate usefulness of long-term (75-year) budget...
Mar 29, 2013 | Health Care

Common Ground on Medicare Reform?

Listening to reports on recent budget negotiations in Washington may lead you to believe compromise between the two parties is near impossible,...
Mar 28, 2013

My VIEW: Bill Frenzel

On Tuesday, President Obama signed the continuing resolution funding the government for the remainder of FY 2013. As we've explained before, the bill...
Mar 28, 2013

Line Items: Sweet Sixteen Edition

Bittersweet – The madness is here. The NCAA tournament field has been reduced to 16 teams, and after this weekend there will be only four...

Notable Amendments to the Senate-Passed Budget

As the Senate worked on its FY 2014 budget resolution, which passed by a 50-49 vote late last week, hundreds of amendments were filed in a process...

An Interesting Analysis of Interest Rates

The Congressional Budget Office has been busy on its blog lately, posting both snapshots of federal programs and also publishing responses to...

Alice Rivlin To Receive 2013 Robert M. Ball Award

CRFB board member and former CBO and OMB director Alice Rivlin is somewhat of a legend in the budget world, with a long line of work spanning from...
Mar 26, 2013

Reminder: The US Spends Far More On Health Care Than Other Countries

It's a well known fact that the U.S. spends much more than other industrialized countries on health care, but just how much more can be surprising....
Mar 26, 2013 | Social Security

NPR Takes a Look at Disability Insurance

In a recent story called “Unfit for Work: The Startling Rise of Disability in America,” Chana Joffe-Walt of NPR's Planet Money takes an...
Mar 26, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Comparing the Budgets on Spending, Revenue, Deficits, and Debt

Update: This blog has been updated since its original posting to incorporate the House Democratic, Republican Study Commitee, and Senator Rand Paul (...
Mar 25, 2013 | Taxes

Examining the Domestic Production Activities Deduction

It is well known that the corporate tax code is littered with tax provisions that cost the government revenue. Today, the U.S. has the highest top...
Mar 25, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

MY VIEW: George Voinovich

In today's Cincinnati Enquirer, CRFB board member and former Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) calls on Ohio's congressional members to get serious...
Mar 22, 2013 | Health Care

The Affordable Care Act Turns Three

Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. The legislation expands health insurance to about 30 million...
Mar 22, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Fill in the Blanks: The Unspecified Parts of the Budget Resolutions

Continuing in our analysis of the FY 2014 budget resolutions, we will be discussing the things in the budgets that the authors didn't tell you....

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