Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Fiscal FactCheck

Can We Solve Our Debt Situation by Cutting Waste, Fraud, Abuse, Earmarks, and/or Foreign Aid?

When asked how they will fix the debt, many candidates may point to seemingly painless solutions such as reducing fraud, ending earmarks, or cuttin
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With Deficits Falling, Our Debt Problems are Behind Us

Since the Great Recession, the deficit has fallen by about two-thirds, from $1.4 trillion in 2009 to $485 billion in 2014, a fact that some have us
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Is There No Harm in Waiting to Solve Our Debt Problems?

Another debt myth is that even if the long-term debt outlook is a problem, there is no need to address the debt now – it can be dealt with la

Is a Balanced Budget Amendment All We Need to Fix the Debt?

Many candidates will suggest some form of a balanced budget amendment (BBA).
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Will Tax Increases Cripple Economic Growth?

One common argument against increasing tax revenue is that it requires raising marginal tax rates, which could severely damage economic growth by d
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Can Social Security’s Shortfall Be Closed Simply by Raising Taxes on or Means-Testing Benefits for the Wealthy?

Increasing the amount of wages subject to Social Security payroll taxes from the current $118,500 cap would raise more revenue and improve the fina
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Can We Fix the Debt Solely by Cutting Welfare Spending?

Some candidates may suggest that we can fix the debt simply by cutting welfare spending, but there is not enough spending in this category to reali
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Can We Continue Borrowing Without Consequences?

One of the most common myths about the national debt is that we can increase it without consequence.

A Quick Take on Governor Christie's Entitlement Plan

This morning, Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) delivered an important speech in New Hampshire on the need for entitlement reform. The speech not only...

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