US Presidential Election

The US presidential election involved timeless issues. While the election is over, the issues about fiscal and monetary policy and regulation remain topics for econlife.

  • Obama/Biden and Romney/Ryan Issues

    Election Economics: Tax Matters

    Sep 10, 12 • 510 Views • No Comments

    The candidates agree that tax proposals need to focus on reducing the deficit and on government spending. After that, the divide on tax policy is considerable. To narrow the gap between revenue and spending, President Obama supports a higher tax rate for the......  [read more]

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    Election Economics: More of the Jobs Story

    Sep 3, 12 • 596 Views • No Comments

    Here are some jobs facts that might be helpful when you listen to the candidates. During 1933, the unemployment rate was a cataclysmic 24.9%. Having entered office that year, FDR was re-elected in 1936 with unemployment still soaring but better at 16.9%. The......  [read more]

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    Why Are Most of Us Middle Class?

    Aug 28, 12 • 516 Views • No Comments

    “What then is the American, this new man?…He is an American, who, leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced, the new government he obeys, and the new rank he......  [read more]

  • Obama/Biden and Romney/Ryan Issues

    Election Economics: Aging Challenges

    Aug 27, 12 • 526 Views • No Comments

    If you lined up everyone in the United States by age, the middle person would be close to 37.1 years old. In 1850, the median age was 19, for 2000 close to 35 and by 2050, we expect that middle individual will be 41. Accelerated by baby boomers who started......  [read more]

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    Plane Train Competition

    Aug 16, 12 • 485 Views • No Comments

    Should government subsidize a railroad? Our story starts during the 1970s when you could fly from New York to Washington, D.C. on the Eastern shuttle. Eastern left hourly (!) and guaranteed a seat to everyone who showed up for the flight. Imagine, coffee cup......  [read more]