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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    An Excellent Budget Plan

    Jul 29, 11 • 260 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 • 201 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]

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    Interesting Debt Facts

    Jul 26, 11 • 192 Views • No Comments

    1. China and the Social Security Trust Funds have more in common than you would expect. The public has purchased $9 trillion of U.S. debt. China holds $1.1 trillion of the publicly held total. The U.S. government bought $4.6 trillion of its own debt. The...  [read more]

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    Debt Compromises

    Jul 23, 11 • 264 Views • No Comments

    This story is about a country that had massive debt. A recent war had been expensive and the economy had big problems. Still though, powerful political leaders opposed the solution that the Secretary of the Treasury proposed. Yes, the country is the United...  [read more]

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    Vaccine Dilemmas

    Jul 22, 11 • 252 Views • No Comments

    Let’s try to make one federal budget decision. Who should receive the meningococcal vaccine? Debating the issue, we should be sure to remember pharmaceutical companies, the vaccine’s recipients, the cost of each shot, who gets the disease, the...  [read more]