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Blog | November 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.
Nov 30, 2009 | Taxes| Other Spending

Considering a War Tax

Update: An editorial in today's Washington Post discusses the possibility of increasing the gasoline tax to help pay for the troop increase. The...
Nov 30, 2009 | Economics| Budget Process

Weekend Editorial Roundup

Here are the highlights from this weekend’s editorials on fiscal and budget policy:The Wall Street Journal calls the pharmaceutical industry...
Nov 30, 2009 | Health Care

How to Reduce National Health Spending

The New England Journal of Medicine, last week, had an article by four RAND researchers on Controlling U.S. Health Care Spending. Using Massachusetts...
Nov 25, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

FDIC Deposit Fund Turns Negative

Yesterday, the FDIC reported that the deposit insurance fund fell below zero for the first time since the third quarter of 1992 (during the savings-...
Nov 24, 2009 | Budget Process

Federal Officials Pressure ‘Pay Czar’ to Ease Pay Restrictions at AIG

Worry about the government’s investment in AIG has prompted some federal officials to call for easing the restrictions on pay at AIG for 2010,...

Interactive and Sharable Graphs Comparing the Health Care Bills

Nov 23, 2009

Deficit and Debt Make Headlines

Public concern over the United States’ ballooning deficit and debt seems to be growing. Both the cover of this week’s Economist and the...
Nov 23, 2009 | Economics

Weekend Editorial Roundup

Here are the highlights from this weekend’s editorials on fiscal and budget policy:As politicians react to record high levels of unemployment,...
Nov 23, 2009

One More FDIC Bank Closing

On Friday evening, the FDIC reported that it has taken over an additional bank (Commerce Bank of Southwest Florida) for a cost to the FDIC of around...
Nov 22, 2009

China Worries About U.S. Debt -- SNL Style

Yesterday, Saturday Night Live's opening sketch featured Chinese President Hu Jintao (played by Bill Hader) in a joint press conference with...