Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Fiscal FactCheck

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

Many candidates will suggest some form of a balanced budget amendment (BBA).

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 Continue Borrowing Without Consequences?

One of the most common myths about the national debt is that we can increase it without consequence.
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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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Aug 6, 2015 | Blog Paper Press Release | Taxes

Can We Dramatically Lower Tax Rates by Closing a Few Egregious Loopholes?

Candidates who propose tax reform plans that are revenue-neutral may suggest that the cost of tax rate reductions can be offset by closing egregiou
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Aug 6, 2015 | Blog Paper Press Release | Taxes

Can We Fix the Debt Solely by Taxing the Top 1 Percent?

A popular suggestion is that raising taxes only on high earners (for example, the top one percent – households that make above roughly $435,000 ann

Are Medicare and Social Security Earned Benefits that Should Not Be Touched?

Although Social Security and Medicare are two of the fastest growing programs in the budget, many argue against making adjustments to these program
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Will Repealing “Obamacare” Fix the Debt?

Some candidates may propose to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” in order to solve the fiscal situation.