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    Don’t Hit Snooze on the Debt

    The national debt is a few years away from an unprecedented peacetime explosion, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Without serious fiscal restraint, public debt will reach 80 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2022 and then explode to 190 percent of GDP in 2038, around the time … More

    Health Care Spending Crisis Coming; Obamacare Adding Fuel to the Fire

    Today’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report reiterates the long-standing and obvious fact that there is a health care spending crisis approaching, resulting largely from the structurally flawed Medicare program and made significantly worse by Obamacare’s new unfunded entitlement spending. The key points: Medicare spending is unsustainable, but it’s even more … More

    A Swedish (Economic) Lesson for President Obama in One Chart

    President Obama is making the first ever bilateral visit to Sweden by a sitting U.S. President. As The Heritage Foundation and Swedish think tank Timbro discussed in a recent Google Hangout, the President should learn from Sweden that advancing economic freedom, not big-government policies, is the driver of economic dynamism. … More

    Economic Growth Remains Too Slow Because of Policy Uncertainty

    Today’s report on gross domestic product (GDP) shows that not much changed in the economy during the second quarter. The Bureau of Economic Analysis’s initial estimate shows that economic growth was just 1.7 percent from April 1 through June 30—well below the rate the economy should be growing this far … More

    ANALYSIS | Obama’s Economic Speech: Another Summer Rerun

    President Obama traveled to Illinois today to give the same tired, worn-out economic speech he’s been giving for almost five years now. Rather than offering new solutions that could revive the dormant economy and put people back to work, the President offered the same old policies that have already failed, … More

    China GDP Claims Don’t Matter

    China’s State Statistical Bureau (SSB) announced second-quarter real gross domestic product (GDP) growth at 7.5 percent and first-half real GDP at 7.6 percent. High or low, whether it meets the official target or not, no one should care. GDP is a poor indicator of economic health—anywhere. It is especially poor … More

    Immigration: White House Report Ignores Unfair, Unworkable, and Costly Amnesty

    Today the White House released a report called “The Economic Benefits of Fixing Our Broken Immigration System,” detailing purported economic growth from immigration reform and drawing significantly on the Congressional Budget Office report on the Senate comprehensive immigration bill (S. 744). The White House’s report fails in several areas. Measures … More

    Baucus–Hatch “Blank Slate” Tax Reform a Positive Step but Too Narrowly Focused

    Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Max Baucus (D–MT) and Ranking Member Senator Orrin Hatch (R–UT) recently proposed a “blank-slate” approach to tax reform. This new effort helps strengthen the growing momentum for tax reform, but it is too narrow to result in the fundamental reform to the tax code … More

    GDP: I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

    Many decision makers and commentators treat gross domestic product (GDP) as if it measures the whole of the economy. They even use “the economy” and GDP interchangeably. GDP is an accounting device—and a poor measure of economic health. Household wealth is much closer to what we mean by “the economy.” … More

    Food Stamps Don’t Stimulate Economic Growth

    The number of Americans on food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is at historic highs, but some on the left—like Paul Krugman—think that’s not such a bad thing because, as they argue, food stamps “stimulate” the economy: We desperately needed (and still need) public policies to promote … More