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    Budget Basics: How Does Our Debt Affect America's Foreign Policy?

    During the final debates, it's up to us to pay attention to how our presidential candidates’ plans could impact America's future. While the budget and economy were already major topics, the upcoming debates will highlight national security and a range of other issues — both foreign and domestic — that also have implications for our long-term fiscal health.


    https://www.pgpf.org/budget-basics/how-does-our-debt-affect-americas-foreign-policy

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    Taxes | PGPF Fiscal Issue Primers

    Each year, some of the revenue the federal government collects comes from various taxes. In 2012, taxpayers paid almost $2.5 trillion, which the government used to partially fund $3.5 trillion worth of spending on Social Security, health care, and other programs in areas such as defense and education. The remainder of spending was funded through deficits.


    https://www.pgpf.org/budget-basics/taxes-primer

    Programs & Projects

    The Tax Reform Tradeoff

    To help better inform the current debate over tax reform, the Tax Policy Center (with a grant from the Peterson Foundation) put real numbers behind different scenarios for tax reform that are both distributionally neutral and fiscally responsible.


    https://www.pgpf.org/the-tax-reform-tradeoff

National Debt Clock

See the latest numbers and learn more about the causes of our high and rising debt.

FISCAL ISSUES ILLUSTRATED

This series of infographics helps put some of today's most pressing fiscal debates in context.