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    Why the Issue of Overpaid Government Workers Matters

    Government workers probably aren’t overpaid, and even if they are, we shouldn’t care. This is Paul Krugman’s message in a recent blog post that takes on the critics of government pay. He is wrong on both counts. The Heritage Foundation has written extensively about public-private pay disparities, and we have … More

    Pity the Poor Keynesians

    The Obama administration and their Keynesian media allies are desperately pushing back against a growing consensus that President Barack Obama’s expansive and intrusive domestic agenda is to blame for high unemployment and the economy’s slow recovery. So in Paul Krugman’s Pity the Poor C.E.O.’s column today he asserts: So where’s … More

    On Stimulus, Krugman Feints, Mankiw Parries, Both Miss

    It often happens that flawed theories put into practice expose their internal inconsistencies for all to see before long. We now see this playing out in the case of Keynesian stimulus and the U.S. economy, and the stimulus defenders are at a loss. By any measure, the Keynesian debt-based stimulus … More

    We’re Not Greece ... Yet

    In his latest New York Times column, Paul Krugman manages to make some useful observations before slipping into his usual role of distorting propagandist. His most important observation is in his title, “We’re Not Greece”. For that matter, we’re not Portugal or France, either, for all of which we can … More

    Effects of Unemployment Benefits

    The economic effects of prolonged unemployment insurance (UI) have become a controversial topic recently. Conservatives have pointed to a raft of economic studies to demonstrate that, in addition to the benefits they provide, extended UI benefits also come with an economic cost – lengthening the amount of time that those … More

    Currency Policy: A Matter of Life or Death

    The execution last week of a senior economics official in the North Korean government over a botched currency reform reminds us of that no parody of repressive government can fully capture the backwardness and evil of the North Korean regime. If any good can come of such a perversion of … More

    Spreading the Education Spending Fallacy

    Last week, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman tried to sell the merits of second “stimulus” by claiming education spending is being slashed, to the detriment of American students. He contends that education has suffered because of skepticism about the merits of government spending. Krugman writes: There’s no mystery about … More

    What A Difference A Page Makes

    On page A27 of today’s New York Times, Paul Krugman is at it again. Spending trillions of dollars we don’t actually have is what saved us from disaster, but we need to spend more! More! More! Krugman has written the same thing so many times, he apparently doesn’t need to … More

    Krugman Wrong on Cap and Trade Costs

    Paul Krugman blasted opponents of cap and trade and The Heritage Foundation in his New York Times column today, saying: So where do the apocalyptic warnings about the cost of climate-change policy come from? Are the opponents of cap-and-trade relying on different studies that reach fundamentally different conclusions? No, not … More

    Morning Bell: The People Spreading "Disinformation" About Obamacare

    The White House is losing the health care debate. Polls from National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal/NBC News, The Washington Post, Gallup, and Pew all show that the American people do not support President Barack Obama’s health care plan. The White House wants people to believe they are losing the … More