CRFB Releases and Events

So Does Social Security Add to the Deficit?

In light of the recent debates over Social Security, CRFB's latest paper attempts to clarify how the program relates to the federal budget and budget deficits. Some say that Social Security is a completely independent program and contributes nothing to the budget deficit, while others argue that it is in fact the largest government program and adds to overall deficits since it spends more than it takes in. So who's correct?

"Meet the Generations": Seniors

Meet Edna, a 75-year-old fictitious senior citizen. In the third installment of our "Meet the Generations" series, we take a look how policymakers' action (or inaction) could affect her life, as outlined in CRFB's March 10 paper "America's Fiscal Choices at a Crossroad: The Human Side of the Fiscal Crisis".

Ruth Marcus: “A Debt Crisis That Requires Compassion”

In her recent column, Ruth Marcus, of The Washington Post declared:

“Don’t call me a deficit hawk. Call me a deficit panda.”

Seeking a cuddlier image for the mantle of fiscal responsibility, she continues:

64 Senators Call On President Obama to Lead on Deficit and Engage in Broader Discussion

Today, a bipartisan group of 64 Senators sent a letter to President Obama urging him to show leadership on reducing the federal deficit and to take a broader approach in addressing our nation's fiscal problems.

"Meet the Generations" : Gen-Web

Meet Keisha, the 6-year-old fictional member of the Gen-Web generation “profiled” in our "Meet the Generations" series, based on CRFB's "America's Fiscal Choices at a Crossroad" paper.

"Meet the Generations" : The Millennials

Meet Nick, a 24 year old Millennial. In the first installment of our "Meet the Generations" series, we take a look at how the life of Nick (a hypothetical person) will be affected by the fiscal choices our leaders are making now, based on the alternative futures scenarios in CRFB's new paper "America's Fiscal Choices at a Crossroad: The Human Side of the Fiscal Crisis".

Ask CRFB Co-Chair Bill Frenzel Your Budget Questions in Today's Live Chat

Update: Adam Looney of The Hamilton Project participated in today's chat in place of Bill Frenzel - still a very interesting read, check it out below!

Today at 12:30pm, former Congressman Bill Frenzel will be participating in a live chat to answer questions about the on-going budget negotiations. David Mark, senior editor at Politico, will moderate the discussion.

America's Fiscal Choices At a Crossroad

CRFB has released a new paper called America's Fiscal Choices At a Crossroad: The Human Side of a Fiscal Crisis, which was released in conjunction with our event last week and the announcement of our fiscal video contest winners ("Voices of America").

CRFB Hosts "Human Side of the Fiscal Crisis" Event

On March 10, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget hosted a terrific event entitled America at a Crossroad: The Human Side of the Fiscal Crisis. The event was made possible by the MacArthur Foundation. The purpose was to bring together the major stakeholders and experts on the issues of fiscal reforms, to discuss the benefits of early action to avert a fiscal crisis (whether sudden or gradual) and the calamitous effects a crisis would have on everyday Americans.

Congressional Hearing on Fiscal Commission Plan and Launch Event of the Moment of Truth Project

Two important events are lined up for today. First, the Senate Budget Committee will hear testimony from Erskine Bowles and Senator Alan Simpson, co-chairs of the President's Fiscal Commission.

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