Monthly Archives: August 2011

A policy worth considering

The White House has already given some indication of the sort of proposals it will put forward after Labor Day to help boost the economy.  These include extending payroll tax cuts for another year, extending unemployment benefits, and speeding the … Continue reading

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WSJ op-ed board member: The unemployed prefer sitting on their duffs to working

Writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, WSJ op-ed board member Stephen Moore offers a variety of dubious–and at least one outrageous–opinion on the economy and eocnomic policy. (1) The economy would be in better shape today in the absence of … Continue reading

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The monetary musings of Gov. Rick Perry

Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, “…brought the Fed directly into the campaign debate Monday night by saying it would be ‘almost … treasonous’ for the central bank to play politics by expanding the money supply. “‘If this … Continue reading

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Don’t blame the messenger

In case you have been asleep for the last couple of days, the sovereign debt rating of the United States was downgraded on Friday has been downgraded by the Standard and Poor’s (S&P) from AAA to AA+. This has not … Continue reading

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All hail Ronald Reagan

Apparently, the editors of the Wall Street Journal have a rule about the number of op-eds each week that praise Ronald Reagan.  I haven’t figured out the exact count yet, but Robert Barro’s piece in Monday’s Journal gets the paper … Continue reading

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How bad does Edward Lazear need it to be?

Writing in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, Stanford professor Edward Lazear argues that the real danger to the American worker is too much government–in other words: too many taxes and too much spending. Prof. Lazear writes: During the debt-ceiling debate, President … Continue reading

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