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CRFB Reacts to Trustees Reports

CHAIRMAN
Bill Frenzel
Tim Penny
Charlie Stenholm

 
PRESIDENT
Maya MacGuineas
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DIRECTORS
Barry Anderson
Roy Ash
Charles Bowsher
Steve Coll
Dan Crippen
Vic Fazio
Willis Gradison
William Gray, III
William Hoagland
Douglas Holtz-Eakin
Jim Jones
Lou Kerr
Jim Kolbe
James Lynn
James McIntrye, Jr.
David Minge
Jim Nussle
Marne Obernauer, Jr.
June O'Neill
Paul O'Neill
Rudolph Penner
Peter Peterson
Robert Reischauer
Alice Rivlin
Charles Robb
Martin Sabo
Gene Steuerle
David Stockman
Laura Tyson
Paul Volcker
Carol Cox Wait
David M. Walker
Joseph Wright, Jr.
 

SENIOR ADVISORS
Elmer Staats
Robert Strauss


CRFB Reacts to Trustees Reports
August 5, 2010



Today, the Social Security and Medicare Trustees released their annual reports on the financial status of the two programs. The Trustees are projecting that Social Security will face a cash flow deficit of $41 billion (excluding interest) this year, a cash flow deficit of $7 billion next year, will then run small surpluses from 2012 to 2014, and will again return to deficits thereafter. Deficits will reach 0.4 percent of GDP in 2020 and 1.2 percent by 2030. The Medicare deficit in the Hospital Insurance program is projected to reach $33 billion this year, before running small surpluses by mid-decade. But deficits will resume an upward path by 2020.

The report states “The projected trust fund shortfalls should be addressed in a timely way so that necessary changes can be phased in gradually and workers can be given time to plan for them. Implementing changes sooner will allow the needed revenue increases or benefit reductions to be spread over more generations.”

“When the programs’ own Trustees tell the nation reforms need to be made sooner rather than later, we ought to listen,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. “The clock is ticking; our ongoing delay has already made strengthening the program much more difficult. Do we really want to tell participants down the road – sorry for the abrupt benefit cuts and tax increases—the Trustees warned us year after year, but we chose to delay taking action? It just doesn’t make sense that when it comes to Social Security, one of the nation’s most successful programs, we are unwilling to make the necessary changes to avoid insolvency even in the face of repeated warnings.”

 


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CRFB Reacts to CBO's Long Term Outlook

CHAIRMAN
Bill Frenzel
Tim Penny
Charlie Stenholm

 
PRESIDENT
Maya MacGuineas
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DIRECTORS
Barry Anderson
Roy Ash
Charles Bowsher
Steve Coll
Dan Crippen
Vic Fazio
Willis Gradison
William Gray, III
William Hoagland
Douglas Holtz-Eakin
Jim Jones
Lou Kerr
Jim Kolbe
James Lynn
James McIntrye, Jr.
David Minge
Jim Nussle
Marne Obernauer, Jr.
June O'Neill
Paul O'Neill
Rudolph Penner
Peter Peterson
Robert Reischauer
Alice Rivlin
Charles Robb
Martin Sabo
Gene Steuerle
David Stockman
Laura Tyson
Paul Volcker
Carol Cox Wait
David M. Walker
Joseph Wright, Jr.
 

SENIOR ADVISORS
Elmer Staats
Robert Strauss


CRFB Reacts to CBO's Long Term Outlook
June 30, 2010



Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its Long Term Budget Outlook, which paints an alarming and dismal picture of the country’s fiscal future.

Under current law, public debt will reach 79 percent of the economy by 2035 and about 107 percent by 2080. Under CBO’s Alternative Fiscal Scenario, which is seen to be a more likely policy path and includes the extension of many expiring policies as well as modifications to certain savings assumptions that may not materialize, debt will reach 87 percent by 2020, 185 percent by 2035, and an astronomical 854 percent by 2080. Talk about unsustainable.

CBO also reports that even with health care reform, population aging and excess cost growth remain the largest problem areas in the budget and will push deficits and debt to untenable levels.

If current policies are continued, federal spending is projected to increase from 24.3 percent of GDP today to over 35 percent by 2035, whereas revenue levels will be far from sufficient to sustain the projected growth in spending—increasing from 14.9 percent today to 19.3 percent in 2035.

“Aging, health care costs, and an outdated, insufficient revenue system are set to bury the country in debt,” said CRFB president Maya MacGuineas. “Are the findings in this report really the messages we want to be sending our creditors?”

“Policymakers must begin working on real solutions to our long-term problems now,” said MacGuineas. “With debt levels expected to soar, policymakers must embrace meaningful reforms to help us regain control over future deficits, reduce the risks of a fiscal crisis, and keep the economic recovery on track. If this year’s Long Term report isn’t a call to action, I don’t know what is.”

 


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Congress May Not Produce a Budget, But You Can

CHAIRMAN
Bill Frenzel
Tim Penny
Charlie Stenholm

 
PRESIDENT
Maya MacGuineas
­­­
 
DIRECTORS
Barry Anderson
Roy Ash
Charles Bowsher
Steve Coll
Dan Crippen
Vic Fazio
Willis Gradison
William Gray, III
William Hoagland
Douglas Holtz-Eakin
Jim Jones
Lou Kerr
Jim Kolbe
James Lynn
James McIntrye, Jr.
David Minge
Jim Nussle
Marne Obernauer, Jr.
June O'Neill
Paul O'Neill
Rudolph Penner
Peter Peterson
Robert Reischauer
Alice Rivlin
Charles Robb
Martin Sabo
Gene Steuerle
David Stockman
Laura Tyson
Paul Volcker
Carol Cox Wait
David M. Walker
Joseph Wright, Jr.
 

SENIOR ADVISORS
Elmer Staats
Robert Strauss


Congress May Not Produce a Budget, But You Can
May 19, 2010



The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget today is launching its new “Stabilize the Debt” budget simulator to allow the public to get a better understanding of the steps necessary to close the budget gap and stem the rising federal debt.

The simulator allows anyone—from members of Congress to interested citizens — to try their hand at stabilizing the federal debt at a manageable level of 60 percent of GDP.

“Congress will not likely adopt a budget resolution this year, but this new budget simulator puts power in the hands of the public to show their preferences for tackling the mounting debt,” said Maya MacGuineas, CRFB president. “Policymakers and voters need to understand the types of policy changes that will be necessary; the simulator both shows them the types of policies that will ultimately have to be part of a plan and gives them the opportunity to make their preferences known.”

The online budget simulator (http://crfb.org/stabilizethedebt) presents users with a variety of budget options from all parts of the budget in an accessible format that allows them to track how their choices affect the medium-term debt picture. Social media capabilities will allow users to share their experience virally with friends and discuss their choices online. CRFB will keep track of the results and share them with policymakers and the public.

 


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