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Blog | October 2009

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 8, 2009 | Economics

IMF World Economic Outlook

The IMF has recently released its monthly World Economic Outlook, the IMF’s premier publication on the state and health of both the global...
Oct 8, 2009 | Economics

Point-Counterpoint: When should we start caring about debt?

On the heels of yesterday’s debate in the LA Times, Maya MacGuineas participates in a point-counterpoint today with Dean Baker from Center for...
Oct 7, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

Cost of the Finance Committee Health Care Bill

Today the Congressional Budget released their analysis of the amended version of the America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009, the health care...
Oct 7, 2009

Debate on Necessity of Additional Stimulus

In response to high unemployment numbers, the Obama Administration is discussing the idea of a tax credit for employers that create new jobs. House...
Oct 6, 2009

Urban Institute Panelists Examine Exploding Debt

The Urban Institute hosted an event today on The Financial and Economic Consequences of an Exploding Debt. Len Burman, Norman Ornstein, Mike Mussa,...
Oct 6, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

Memo for FY2011 Budget Preparation: Positive Effects from Preannouncing Deficit Reduction

Faced with massive debt burdens coming out of the economic and financial crisis – even before the retirement and health care tsunami hits...
Oct 6, 2009 | Taxes

The U.S. Taxpayer and the IMF

For the U.S. taxpayer, last weekend’s International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings in Turkey were a reminder of the importance of global...
Oct 5, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

TARP -- One Year Later

Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), established as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act...
Oct 5, 2009

Three More FDIC Bank Closings

On Friday evening, the FDIC reported that it has taken over an additional three banks (Southern Colorado National Bank, Jennings State Bank, and...

Weekend Editorial Roundup

This weekend, there have been a number of editorials about fiscal and budget policy. Among them:USA Today argued for "patching" the...