Posts Tagged ‘fiscal policy’

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    Unopened Stimulus Packages

    Aug 19, 10 • 130 Views • Economic History, Economic Thinkers, GovernmentNo Comments

    Economists recently have been debating whether the $787 billion 2009 stimulus package has helped the economy. Perhaps first they should ask what has been spent. For a variety of reasons, recipients of stimulus money are not spending it. Dollars destined for

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    Social Insecurity: Part 3

    Aug 15, 10 • 164 Views • GovernmentNo Comments

    Do you prefer adjusting COLAs or the full retirement age (FRA) to ensure the survival of the U.S. Social Security program? To decide, you might want to know how different solutions will affect high and low income earners.   One way to solve

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    Social Insecurity: Part 2

    Aug 4, 10 • 159 Views • Government, Macroeconomic MeasurementNo Comments

    The average social security check received by a retired grandma is $1169. Multiply that by 35 million recipients, add to it other social security obligations, and this year, you have more money leaving than entering the social security “bank

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    Can the Post Office Deliver?

    Jun 26, 10 • 171 Views • Businesses, GovernmentNo Comments

    Having just read a Washington Post article about the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), I started thinking about its future. But first, its past: While we have had postal services since the 1600s, Ben Franklin transformed the system. Appointed Deputy Postmaster for

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    Fiscal Insight

    Jun 16, 10 • 163 Views • Government, International Trade and FinanceNo Comments

    Picture this political cartoon: In some unknown ocean, a Chinese submarine confronts a U.S. navy vessel with the Chinese submarine captain saying, “Turn around or we sell all your T-bills.” The caption says, “Chinese sub threatens U.S.