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 In current debates over corporate tax reform, you’ve likely heard that U.S. corporate tax rates are among the highest in the world. As true as this is, the full story is more complex….

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Click here for the PDF version Overview In upcoming battles over tax reform, one question sure to spark heated debate is whether the current system is “fair.” Do wealthy Americans pay “enough”? Does the middle class pay too much? Who…

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*Updated October 2013 Click here for the PDF version Overview With gas prices still far above $3 a gallon nationwide, some lawmakers have called for a dramatic expansion in domestic drilling to bring down prices and reduce our dependence on…

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*Updated October 2013 Click here for the PDF version Overview Among the many conveniences of modern life, there are few things we take for granted more than turning on the lights. As a consequence, Americans are voracious consumers of electricity….

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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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