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    Does Supply Create Demand?

    Which comes first: supply or demand? This question has serious policy implications, especially as President Barack Obama proposes $447 billion in additional stimulus spending in order to try to spur job growth in America. “Demand-siders,” also known as Keynesians (after influential economist John Maynard Keynes), insist that short-run economic fluctuations … More

    Tax Hikers Senselessly Stuck on Saving

    Tax-hike advocates have erected yet another straw man to protect their high-tax policy, now arguing that little economic harm would be done if Congress and the president were to raise taxes on higher earners because these high-tax sufferers would have saved the money anyway. Yet the issue is not saving … More

    Keynesian Doublespeak

    A year ago, President Obama warned the American people that the financial crisis was dire and required a whole new approach to government spending. Obama argued that the government must help America spend its way out of the recession, and his economists, using Keynesian multipliers, argued the “stimulus” would keep … More

    Morning Bell: The Road to Recovery Begins with the End of Obamacare

    When President Barack Obama was trying to sell his $787 billion economic stimulus plan to the American people, there was no louder cheerleader for the plan than Mark Zandi of Moody’s Economy.com. Zandi confidently produced scientific tables purporting to prove that for every $1 the Obama administration gave to states, … More

    Cato Fights Back

    The Cato Institute sought to make clear where they and the world’s smartest economists stand on the Pelosi-Reid-Obama Debt plan by running a full page ad in the New York Times, Washington Post and other major newspapers this week that includes 200 signatures from major economists who oppose the stimulus: … More

    Heritage Stimulus Plan Gets Plug at Economic Hearing

    Heritage’s Bill Beach testified at yesterday’s Economic Recovery Working Group hearing on Capitol Hill about an alternative to the misguided Keynesian stimulus package liberals in Congress are advocating. The hearing came a week after President-elect Barack Obama invited alternative suggestions for promoting economic growth. Obama’s openness to alternatives prompted Republican … More

    No, Serious Deficit Spending is Not Immediately Needed

    Government spending does not create economic growth. Regrettably, many in Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, have ignored this fact. Just today, Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), declared in his Wall Street Journal op-ed How to Make Sure the Stimulus Works that, “it is fairly obvious that serious deficit spending is needed … More

    Keynesian Economics Is Wrong

    Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute does an excellent job explaining why Keynesian fiscal strategies do not work in this new video from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation. It’s more important than ever to combat the myths of Keynesianism with President-elect Barack Obama proposing a massive government spending … More

    A Keynesian Christmas Present: Rep. Louie Gohmert's Tax Holiday

    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), champion of a federal tax holiday, faced skeptical questions today about his idea to give the economy a boost. Gohmert wants to stop collecting taxes for two months — using the unspent $350 billion from the Wall Street bailout to pay for the plan. Although his … More