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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.

Oct 21, 2009 | Economics

Beige Book Results

Today, the Fed released its latest Beige Book, with each Fed...
Oct 21, 2009

About Those Additional Stimulus Ideas...

With unemployment still growing, rising from 9.7 percent in August to 9.8 percent this past September, discussions have developed over the...
Oct 20, 2009 | Taxes

Only 30% of 2008 Tax Rebates Spent

Recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on the results of the Economic Stimulus...
Oct 20, 2009

The Deficit Warnings Keep Coming

 In a speech on global imbalances, Fed Chairman Bernanke again warned about the need to put the U.S. on a sustainable fiscal path, saying:...
Oct 19, 2009 | Budget Process| Health Care

Congress Debates Medicare Payment Patches

Update: Debate on this issue got pushed back until today in the Senate. CRFB recently released this press release on the issue: Don't Let...
Oct 19, 2009 | Economics| Budget Process| Taxes

Weekend Editorial Roundup

Here are the highlights from this weekend’s editorials on fiscal and budget policy:In an editorial titled, “...
Oct 19, 2009

One More FDIC Bank Closing

On Friday evening, the FDIC reported that it has taken over an additional bank (...
Oct 17, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

A Really Big Deficit

The message from the end of the year deficit number is clear: we must start planning...
Oct 16, 2009 | Social Security

Obama Nominates New Social Security Trustees

Today, the White House nominated...
Oct 16, 2009

Say 'Bayh' to the Debt?

This week, Senator Bayh (D-IN) and nine other Democratic senators sent a...
Oct 16, 2009 | Taxes| Other Spending

Meeting Today of President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board

Today PERAB, otherwise known as the Tax Reform Subcommittee of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, is holding a meeting focusing on tax...
Oct 15, 2009 | Social Security

Administration Proposes One-Time Payment to Seniors

Today, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that, in light of the...
Oct 15, 2009 | Taxes

Vetting the VAT

In a...
Oct 14, 2009 | Taxes

Congress pressured to extend tax credit for homebuyers

Today Congressional Quarterly reported that Congress is...
Oct 13, 2009 | Health Care

Senate Finance Committee Passes Health Care Bill

 The Senate Finance Committee ...

What About Cutting Spending?

In their oped in the Washington Post today, Henry Aaron and Isabel Sawhill argue that raising taxes will be necessary to close the fiscal gap and...

Weekend Editorial Roundup

Here are the highlights from this weekend’s editorials on fiscal and budget policy:In an editorial titled, “The Greatest...

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