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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.
Sep 14, 2009 | Economics

Fiscal Failures Hurt U.S. Competitiveness

UPDATE: See New American Contract's response to our post. They argue there may be trade-offs between improving the fiscal situation and strengthening...
Sep 12, 2009

Three More FDIC Bank Closings

On Friday evening, the FDIC reported that it has taken over three additional banks (Venture Bank, Brickwell Community Bank, and Corus Bank) for a...
Sep 11, 2009 | Budget Process| Health Care

Selective Triggering

We think triggers can be helpful in budgeting, by providing a back-up plan for when estimates prove wrong or conditions change, and by helping...
Sep 10, 2009

CEA Releases Report on the Economic Impact of the Recovery Act

The Council of Economic Advisers has just released their first quarterly report on the economic impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act...
Sep 9, 2009 | Budget Process

Trigger Happy

REVISED: Today, CRFB issued a press release commenting on the President's statement last night on developing a trigger to ensure that any health care...
Sep 9, 2009 | Health Care

The Deficit Pledge

"I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future. Period.”That is a clear cut pledge, and a...
Sep 9, 2009 | Health Care

Some Highlights from Obama's Health Care Speech

A few minutes ago, President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to discuss health care reform. Although he talked about a wide array of...
Sep 9, 2009 | Health Care

Those 'Health Care Gimmicks' Are Still Out There

Today, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation released a Lewin Group analysis of the current House health care reform bill (America’s Affordable...
Sep 9, 2009

Congressional Oversight Panel Reports on Bailout of Auto Industry

This morning, the Congressional Oversight panel released a report on the use of TARP funds to bailout the auto industry, stating that the federal...
Sep 9, 2009 | Health Care

What We'd Like to Hear in the President's Speech Tonight

1. Health reform is first and foremost about controlling costs – There are three major problems people would like to solve through health...