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Blog | October 2011

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.
Oct 31, 2011

MY VIEW: Vic Fazio

Today's Roll Call included an op-ed by former Representative and current CRFB board member Vic Fazio. He discusses the need for fiscal reform...
Oct 31, 2011

Line Items: Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween – Anyone with kids, or anyone who enjoys scaring kids, knows that today is Halloween; the day of the year it is acceptable to...
Oct 28, 2011 | Economics

Business Support for Go Big Grows

Going big is getting bigger. A letter to the Super Committee today from a coalition of business organizations that spans numerous industries...
Oct 28, 2011 | Taxes

The Results Are In

Rick Perry's tax reform plan has inspired a lot of discussion in the past week, but it left people wondering how much revenue it would raise. He...
Oct 28, 2011

Another Bipartisan Letter Calls for “Go Big” Approach

In addition to the letter from a large, bipartisan group of House members that is still being circulated for signatures, Go Big gained further...
Oct 28, 2011 | Health Care

Medicare Premium Increases Announced and Medicaid Glitch Fix Passes House

Last week the federal government announced that 2012 Medicare premiums will increase for most participants by $3.50 per month from $96.40, making...
Oct 27, 2011

Competing Outlines Emerge from the Super Committee

We talked yesterday about a roughly $3 trillion plan offered by Democrats on the Super Committee that would represent a "go big" approach...
Oct 26, 2011

Business Roundtable and Partnership for New York City Urge Super Committee to Go Big

Two business groups today urged the Super Committee to not only approve of a deal before its deadline next month, but to also go beyond its...
Oct 26, 2011

Super Committee Democrats Offer (Possible) "Go Big" Plan

Recently, there have a plethora of media accounts and interviews asking policymakers whether they believe the Super Committee will be able to achieve...
Oct 26, 2011 | Economics

Elmendorf Joins the Announcement Effect Club

At today’s Super Committee hearing, each of the twelve members had the chance to address CBO Director Doug Elmendorf on issues related to...