Basics

Most of the issues facing our country are multi-faceted and extraordinarily complex. Insert politics into the equation, and the complexity increases exponentially. In order to understand these policy issues and the various perspectives around them, members of Congress, the public, industry and nonprofits must first have a basic knowledge that is rooted in fact. With our Basics series, Center Forward presents complicated issues in a non-partisan and easy-to-understand manner that provides decision makers with alternative viewpoints.


Click here for the PDF version Overview As Congress tackles the burgeoning deficit, among the biggest upcoming debates will be whether to raise taxes and how. To answer this question, it’s important to know: Where does government get its money…

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Click here for the PDF version Overview Each year, one question drives the bulk of Congress’s work: how to spend taxpayer dollars. The failure of Congress to agree on this task is what nearly led to a government shutdown this…

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Click here for the PDF version Overview The intense spotlight on government support for public radio, Planned Parenthood and, until recently, earmarks, may have created the impression that most government spending goes to programs like these. In truth, 60% of…

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Click here for the PDF version Overview   In much of the recent coverage of the country’s fiscal situation, the terms “deficits” and “national debt” are used interchangeably by policymakers and the media, even though they mean very different things….

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