Economic Debates

Most economic decisions can be debated. We have to decide whether we want higher or lower taxes, where to cut government spending, whether the deficit matters, if a business should have more regulation, if marginal analysis should affect environmental regulation. Learning about economics involves defending policy alternatives.

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    Government Matters

    Aug 4, 11 • 351 Views • No Comments

    Which do you prefer, “free” or “fair?” We have free speech, a free press, freedom of religion. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights refer to “free” but never “fair.”......  [read more]

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    GDP Solutions

    Aug 2, 11 • 411 Views • No Comments

    It is all about GDP.  In this article, the WSJ does a good job of explaining how each GDP component might solve our problems…or make them worse. Consumer Spending: The largest part of GDP, consumer spending has propelled recovery in the past. With......  [read more]

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    Do We Need Area Codes?

    Aug 1, 11 • 482 Views • No Comments

    What if the 3 digits that precede your phone number no longer related to a place? Known as “number depletion,” phone companies use area codes because we are running out of numbers. But need the numbers have geographical significance? Calls outside......  [read more]

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    An Excellent Budget Plan

    Jul 29, 11 • 380 Views • No Comments

    A debt reduction suggestion. Let’s use what the President’s budget commission suggests. Proposing legislation that will mandate restraint and discourage political opportunism, they are bipartisan. And, they get people on the right and the left......  [read more]

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    The Power of the Market: Part 2

    Jul 28, 11 • 309 Views • No Comments

    World oil demand has hit a new high. But not from everyone. Called the “New World” and “Old World” by economist Ed Yardeni, you can see through his graphs, the divide in world oil demand. China, India, Brazil and other emerging......  [read more]