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  • Obama’s Economic Slide

    The Commerce Department today revised down its estimate for second quarter gross domestic product from 2.4 percent to 1.6 percent. This is not a sign of a weakening economy but a weak economy last spring. The weakness was especially pronounced as the bulk of what growth did occur was due … More

    The Report on Stimulus CBO Wishes Would Go Away

    Pity the poor Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director. Congress passes and the President signs the most massive fiscal stimulus program in history, spending more money on Keynesian stimulus than has been spent so far on the Iraq war. But, unlike the Iraq war, the stimulus has been a complete bust. … More

    Slicing the Bagel Reveals VAT Flaws

    Washington think tanks and commentators continue to spin out impressive reams attempting to explain the necessity and virtues of adding a value-added tax (VAT) on top of all the taxes the federal government already collects. The fiscal policy problem is real enough—thanks to the Obama spending surge, federal budget deficits … More

    Whether Taxpayers Face Tax Hikes or Tax Cuts in January is A Matter of Perspective

    Unless Congress and the President intervene legislatively, federal income taxes will soar on January 1, 2011 for millions of middle- and upper-income Americans. Tax relief enacted in 2001 and 2003 is set to expire. Whose money is this? Is it the taxpayer’s money taken by government, or government’s money left … More

    Another Recession, Already?

    When economists forecast the economy, they tend to draw straight lines. They figure out where we are and where we’re going, and they plot a line. In fact, neither contractions nor expansions are ever smooth. For various anomalous reasons in the economy and in the data, reported GDP movements are … More

    What Boehner Should Have Told Gregory

    The mainstream media is having a field day with House Minority Leader John Boehner’s (R–OH) less-than-stellar handling of a simple “when did you stop beating your wife” question posed by NBC’s David Gregory on Sunday’s Meet the Press. Gregory repeatedly badgered Boehner about how he could square the Republicans’ newfound … More

    Points to Ponder as the Fed Gathers

    The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee meets today in the face of tremendous economic uncertainty. In light of last week’s dismal jobs report and related evidence of a faltering recovery, markets are looking for signs as to what the Fed might say and do. It’s widely expected that the Fed … More

    WaPo Fails Tax Policy 101

    There are many reasons tax reform remains a distant dream. Not “tax reform” disguising a tax hike as the Obama Administration envisions, but tax reform that would make U.S. companies and workers world-class competitors, ferret out tax cheats, and make paying taxes a little less onerous to taxpayers. Perhaps the … More

    NYT Laments the Failure of a Doomed Policy

    The New York Times got it half-right. Friday’s jobs report was highly discouraging, causing the Times to reflect that “there’s just no positive spin for this.” And you’d better believe they tried. In July, there were 131,000 jobs lost, and the unemployment rate held steady at a worrisome 9.5 percent … More

    Another Obama Economist Jumps Ship

    According to reports, Christina Romer, Chairman of the President’s Council of Economics Advisers (CEA) is calling it quits.  Why does this matter? Another ignored economist leaves Washington with a slightly tattered professional reputation to be received joyously back in the arms of her colleagues in academe having served in a … More