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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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Aug 19, 2014 | Social Security

General Revenue & the Social Security Trust Funds

Social Security is often portrayed in one of two ways, either as its own self-contained program (the “trust fund perspective”) or as part...
Aug 18, 2014 | Social Security

Event Recap: "Can Simpson-Bowles Save Social Security?"

On August 15, hosted a debate on Social Security featuring CRFB's very own Ed Lorenzen. The event, titled "Can Simpson-Bowles...
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Aug 15, 2014 | Budget Process

The Story of Supplementals Since 2000

The use of supplemental appropriations got some press last month as the Obama Administration requested $4.3 billion to address the Central American...
Aug 14, 2014 | Social Security

On Social Security’s 79th Birthday, CRFB Releases Updated "Social Security Reformer"

It was on this day 79 years ago that President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act of 1935. While lawmakers have expanded the...
Maya MacGuineas
Aug 14, 2014

Maya MacGuineas: The Long-Term Answer to Inversions? Tax Reform.

Maya MacGuineas, President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, wrote a commentary that appeared in the Wall Street Journal Washington...
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Aug 13, 2014 | Social Security

CRFB's MacGuineas Dispels Five Social Security Myths

In an op-ed that appeared in several papers, including the Providence Journal, CRFB President Maya MacGuineas dispelled five myths about Social...
Aug 12, 2014 | Budgets & Projections

How to Get a Balanced Budget in Ten Years

In a New York Times article describing Republican plans if they re-take Congress next year, reporter Carl Hulse cited CRFB, saying that "...
Aug 12, 2014 | Taxes

Reports Question Effectiveness of New Markets Tax Credit

Both the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Senator Tom Coburn's (R-OK) office have released new reports on a tax credit that rewards...
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Aug 12, 2014

MY VIEW: Maya MacGuineas

Maya MacGuineas, President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, wrote an op-ed distributed via McCatchy wire service that appeared in...
Aug 11, 2014 | Social Security

Updating the Cost of Delay for Social Security

Click here to read the original paper on the cost of delay for Social Security. Click here to see an updated version of this analysis for 2015. The...