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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 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...
Oct 2, 2009 | Economics

September Unemployment Rate and Uncertain Outlook

To those watching the economy as it enters into positive territory and the financial markets as they seemed to be getting into gear again, today...
Oct 2, 2009

This Week's Finance Committee Markup

 The Senate Finance Committee wrapped up work today on the markup of their Health Care Reform legislation, America’s Healthy Future Act....

Social Security Beneficiaries Rise by 19%

According to Bloomberg News, the number of Social Security beneficiaries increased by 19 percent, or 2.6 million retired workers, in FY 2009. This...
Oct 1, 2009

FDIC Proposes Banks Prepay Insurance Premiums

This week, the FDIC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) to require insured banks to prepay premiums for Q4 2009 all the way through 2012....

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