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22 February 2008

Center for Economic and Policy Research Resources...

Here are some neat resources at CEPR (pron. "seeper," I found out); I put the homepage in the "Worthy Endeavors" list to the left (scroll down; it's under the Label Cloud and Archive).

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Places specific tax or spending numbers in the context of the total U.S. budget. It converts dollar amounts into either dollars per capita or into a percentage of total revenues, total discretionary spending, or the total budget (including nondiscretionary spending).

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Compares the cost of owning a home relative to renting for a potential new homeowner. It reports the "Net Cost of Owning" — the expected amount of additional cash available to a renter.

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Compares current-law Social Security benefits to the Bush Plan based on "Progressive Indexing" and the 2005 State of the Union proposal, which includes private accounts paid for by 4 percentage points of the employee's payroll tax.

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