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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.

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Oct 15, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Deficits are a First-Order Problem

Yesterday, Former Treasury Secretary and director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers argued that “budget deficits are now a second-...
Oct 14, 2013

Bad Ideas Watch: Shutdown/Debt Ceiling Edition

Bipartisan discussions over how to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling are coming down to the wire as this week begins,...
Oct 14, 2013

Boskin Proposes Another Way Out

Today begins week three of the government shutdown, and we are now just days away from when the Treasury will exhaust its borrowing authority and...
Oct 11, 2013 | Other Spending

House Setting Into Motion Farm Bill Conference

Naturally, the country has been consumed by the developments (or lack thereof) in the government shutdown and debt ceiling impasse. But there is some...
Oct 11, 2013 | Budget Process

Keep Gimmicks Out Of A Deal

As the government shutdown continues into its 11th day, the two parties have just begun having serious negotiations about reopening the government...
Oct 10, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Marc Goldwein: Don’t Believe the Myth That Debt Problem is a Myth

With the recent improvement in medium-term budget projections, some are trying to advance the myth that our debt problems have been solved. But as we...
Oct 10, 2013

MY VIEW: Maya MacGuineas

In yesterday's New York Times, the paper asks in its "Room for Debate" series what federal spending we are better off without in light of...
Oct 9, 2013 | Budget Process

Rep. Paul Ryan Floats a Down Payment

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) presents a possible down payment on the debt as a way out of...
Oct 9, 2013 | Taxes

Kent Conrad: A Way Out Possible

The government is still shut down, and the debt ceiling is looming around the corner. Markets are beginning to worry, and the country is facing its...
Oct 9, 2013

MY VIEW: Rudy Penner

As we draw ever nearer to the projected deadline for hitting the debt ceiling, Congress still has not been able to make a deal. Today, CRFB board...