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    As Fed Tapers, More Central Bank Independence Needed

    This week finance ministers and central bank officials from around the world will converge on Washington for the spring meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Discussions of monetary policy normalization are leading this year’s expansive schedule. One notable item missing from the agenda is discussion of … More

    Fed Nominee Brainard Needs Nuance on Austerity

    In her hearing before the Senate today, Federal Reserve Board nominee Lael Brainard reportedly said that “expansionary austerity is a contradiction and does not work.” This one-dimensional view of a complex set of policies ignores extensive academic research and lacks the nuance we expect from those who serve on the … More

    Sorry, Janet Yellen, We Can’t Spend Our Way to Prosperity

    In spite of aggressive expansionary Federal Reserve policies and several rounds of fiscal stimulus since 2007, the U.S. economy has yet to take off. Nonetheless, some officials are refusing to give up and even explaining to the public exactly how these Keynesian stimulus policies will (eventually) work. In a Time … More

    How President Obama Is Killing Jobs

    Five years on and President Obama still refuses to assume responsibility for his woeful economic record. The buck stops with Republicans, other countries, changes in the weather, etc.—anywhere but the Oval Office. Of course, it’s not new having a chief executive who refuses to admit failure. What is rare is … More

    European Central Bank Lowers Interest Rates, Trumping "Zero Lower Bound" Theory

    The European Central Bank (ECB) lowered a key interest rate to 0.25 percent on Thursday. This is a big deal, since it demonstrates that the ECB has the ability and the will to stabilize euro inflation, which has fallen below the ECB’s target and become a drag on real growth. … More

    Look Closer: Tax Increases, Not Spending Cuts, Are the Harmful Austerity

    Proponents of government spending want to use the recent history of Europe as evidence that spending cuts are harmful, but their arguments lose traction when one looks closely at the data. One example comes from Paul Krugman, who used the International Monetary Fund’s Fiscal Monitor data to argue that “austerity … More

    Debt Limit: Brinksmanship or Fiscal Course Correction?

    Washington is in the midst of another budget fight this fall over the nation’s debt limit. What some call political brinksmanship others recognize as an important forcing mechanism to rein in out-of-control federal spending and avoid a much worse debt crisis in the future. Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute, a … More

    Detroit Bankruptcy Is No Time for Federal Bailouts

    The city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection yesterday with some $18 billion in debt, making it the largest municipal bankruptcy in the United States. There will inevitably be calls for the federal government to bail out Detroit. Washington should set a firm precedent now that it will … More

    WATCH: Bloggers Briefing on Expansion of Government and Tax Freedom Day

    Is it too late to turn the ship around? That’s the question James Antle explores in his new book, Devouring Freedom. Antle, who is editor of the Daily Caller News Foundation, will join us at noon ET for the Bloggers Briefing to talk about what we can expect during President … More

    Strong Defense and Fiscal Responsibility: It’s Possible

    Public perception may be that the sequestration cuts to the defense budget is about eliminating waste and inefficiency in the Department of Defense (DOD). In reality, sequestration will result in the loss of military capabilities. Then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta acknowledged in a January press conference that of the Obama … More