Tag: Fiscal policy
“Dire Consequences” for Most Americans from $3.5T Infrastructure Bill
Stanley Druckenmiller is one of the most influential investors in America today. He became a billionaire himself by making billions more for his clients as a fund manager. At the time he chose to close his asset management firm Duquesne Capital in 2010, after more than 30 years of investing other people’s money, it...
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The Debt—Who Cares?
Regardless of where you stand in regard to the American Rescue Plan, it is mind-boggling to see how little anyone in positions of political responsibility seems to care about the debt, perhaps the single most important issue facing the U.S. economy in the next few years. The same can be said of most advanced...
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Should Rich Homeowners Get Coronavirus Tax Write-offs?
Crises have a way of exposing who politicians think they really work for. The coronavirus epidemic in the United States is no different in providing examples of how politicians are pitching changes to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 to gain favor among those they seek to provide aid in future elections,...
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Governors Get Graded on Fiscal Policy
Now that 2018 is over, how did your state’s governor do on their fiscal policy report card?
What Is Your State’s Fiscal Health Ranking?
Poor fiscal health calls for reform and law enforcement.
Three Times Interventionists Moved the Goalposts, Part 1
Part 1 of 3 One of the most frustrating things in debate is when you decisively win the initial point of contention, only to have your opponent “move the goalpost” to a different claim. To be sure, this is a human failing, not unique to any particular political perspective. I’m sure I myself do...
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It’s Called Recovery, but Where’s the Beef?
Many economists and other analysts have recognized that the recovery from the U.S. economy’s most recent contraction has been unusually weak—weaker, for example, than any other since World War II. But analysts have disagreed in characterizing the current recovery, which according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the semi-official arbiter of business-cycle chronology,...
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Inflation-Targeting versus Fiscal Stimulus
In the run-up to President Obama’s “State of the Union” address this evening, the nation’s monetary and fiscal policymakers seem, as often is true, to be working at cross-purposes. According to reports published in The Wall Street Journal yesterday (January 24, 2011), Chairman Ben Bernanke at long last has concluded that the Fed should...
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The Proposed New “Tax Deal” is More of the Same Washington Bait and Switch
According to a report published on the front page of the December 6, 2010, Wall Street Journal, Congress is close to negotiating a compromise in which the so-called Bush tax cuts will remain in place temporarily (for two years) in return for an extension of yet unknown duration in federal benefits for the long-term...
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Macroeconomic Booms and Busts: Deja Vu Once Again
Consider the following commentary on the economic situation: Foolhardy procedures which are divorced from economic realities, or whose economic implications are not understood by their promoters, do not perforce become sanctified and wise merely by designating them as “action”; tilting at windmills does not draw water. [W]hen a recovery program, which, while it may...
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