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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.

Feb 17, 2016 | Social Security

Would Reducing Fraud Make Social Security Solvent?

At the 7th Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump stated that he would “save Social Security” by reducing its “...
President Obama
Feb 12, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Why the President's Last Budget Will Matter

With the release of the President's FY 2017 budget, it is common for reporters and observers to say that the budget is dead on arrival on Capitol...

CBO's Analysis of the Distribution of Taxes

In an appearance on C-SPAN this morning, CRFB president Maya MacGuineas referenced a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis that shows that high...
POTUS Budget

What's New in the President's FY 2017 Budget

The final budget of the Obama Presidency continues a mix of long-standing policies (including a few that have been in all eight budgets) and policies...
POTUS Budget
Feb 10, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

CRFB Publishes Paper on President's FY 2017 Budget

President Obama released his final budget proposal yesterday, and we released a short paper that analyzes its major policy proposals. This...
POTUS Budget
Feb 9, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Five Takeaways from the President's Final Budget

Moments ago, President Obama released the final budget of his presidency. In the coming hours, days, and weeks, CRFB will be publishing analysis...
Bixby and MacGuineas
Feb 9, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Robert L. Bixby and Maya MacGuineas: Candidates need credible solutions to fix the debt

Robert L. Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, and Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal ...
interest rates
Feb 8, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Moving on Up: Interest Costs in the CBO Baseline

With the Congressional Budget Office releasing its final baseline last week, we know the dire fiscal future facing the country. Thanks to...
POTUS Budget
Feb 8, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Preview of the President's Budget

The President has released a preview of the spending priorities in his FY17 budget, most of which are new although some were proposed in previous...
Secretary Clinton
Feb 4, 2016 | Taxes

Clinton's Taxes on the Wealthy, Explained

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has proposed several new taxes that would raise taxes on the wealthy...