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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.
Aug 24, 2009

Bernanke at Jackson Hole

The Fed is holding its annual summer retreat at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which features Fed officials and outside experts discussing the critical...
Aug 21, 2009 | Social Security

Fiscal Space, Stimulus and Entitlement Cuts

Given the weak economy, how do we balance our need for economic stimulus now with our need to get our fiscal house in order to prevent the age and...
Aug 20, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

Mid-Session Review to Report Lower 2009 Deficit

August 20 - Next Tuesday the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will release their Mid-Session Review of the budget. They plan to announce that...
Aug 19, 2009

Buffett Warns Against Rising Debt-to-GDP Ratio

Warren Buffett has written in the New York Times that significant levels of U.S. spending will prove to pose problems for our economy and currency...
Aug 18, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

Record Monthly and Yearly U.S. Deficit

August 18 - According to Bloomberg, last month's budget deficit hit a record $180.7 billion, higher than any month in U.S. history.Spending in July...
Aug 17, 2009 | Other Spending

Unwanted Defense Spending Draws Presidential Veto Threat

President Obama reiterated his intention to veto any Defense Appropriations Bill that contains superfluous spending provisions today at a Veterans of...
Aug 14, 2009

Obama Economic Advisor Appears on The Daily Show

Austan Goolsbee, chief economist of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board appears below on the Daily Show with John Stewart. Goolsbee...
Aug 14, 2009 | Economics

The Economy: Expectations and Reality Check

August 14 - Real GDP fell by 6.4 percent and then 1.0 percent in the first two quarters of the year. As of the second quarter, real growth was 4...
Aug 12, 2009 | Economics

FOMC Leaves Stance Unchanged

August 12 - The key Fed policymaking body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), released its statement today following its regularly scheduled...

CRFB Discusses CBO Social Security Projections

August 11 - Today, CRFB released a report highlighting its take on CBO's Long-Term Projections for Social Security. Last year, the CBO projected...

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