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Here’s an overview of inflation, why it matters, and how it’s managed.
The United States spent $686 billion on national defense during fiscal year (FY) 2019 according to the Office of Management and Budget, which amounts to 15 percent of the federal budget.
These infographics portray headline results from each national survey that can help inform policymakers during and after this crisis.
A key assessment of poverty in America is the Official Poverty Measure (OPM), which is calculated by the United States Census Bureau using a range of income and economic data.
By making gradual changes to federal spending and revenue, lawmakers can not only stabilize our fiscal outlook, but provide long-run economic benefits for American families (in terms of real GNP growth) without inflicting undue damage on the U.S. economy in the near term.
On our current path, CBO projects that deficits will reach $1.0 trillion by 2022 and total $10.1 trillion over the next ten years.
A large, comprehensive plan that addresses our long-term structural deficits is clearly the best way forward for America’s future economy. However, more modest proposals, which would begin to take meaningful steps towards putting our debt on a sustainable path, would also be worthwhile.
Our fiscal goal must be to stabilize the debt as a share of the economy, and put it on a downward path for the longer term.
As policymakers consider how best to address our looming fiscal challenges, there is a growing debate about whether the U.S. can reduce defense spending without jeopardizing its national security.