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Debt to GDP: Who Really Carries the Burden?
Over recent months, much has been made of the rapid increase in public debt levels. Protests against excess government spending in the U.S. and severe economic problems in debt-laden European countries have forced the federal debt to the forefront of national issues. There are, of course, those who attempt to justify the massive debt—if we […]READ MORE
“Haste Makes Waste in Financial Regulatory Bill”
“The Congressional Conference Committee worked all night on Friday, June 25, finally quitting at 5:37 in the morning, so that President Obama could go to the G-20 Summit in Canada saying that Congress had finished a bill. Throughout the night comments were penciled in on the 2,315-page bill, so many in fact that the committee […]READ MORE
Is the world finally looking to the ideas of Friedrich Hayek? It appears that the intellectual debate may be heading in a new direction. Stimulus spending has done practically nothing to reduce unemployment or spur growth; instead it has merely inflated the deficit and enraged taxpayers. Instead of falling into a vicious cycle of government […]READ MORE
“Britain’s Inflation Pain Poses Risk for Recovery”
“Committee members at the Bank of England and some economists have been puzzled by persistently high inflation in Britain, causing some concerns that the country’s recovery might stagnate. Unlike in the United States and in countries that share the euro, inflation in Britain never came close to zero in 2009. And while core inflation, which […]READ MORE
Keynes vs. Hayek: The Great Debate Continues
The debates raging over what policies will pull the U.S. economy out of its Great Recession replicate one that occurred during the Great Depression. Thanks to the efforts of Richard Ebeling, a professor of economics at Northwood University, we have compelling and concise documentary evidence. He has unearthed letters to the Times of London from […]READ MORE
“Liquidity Trap or Malinvested Resources?”
“Many people claim today that the U.S. economy is in a “liquidity trap” and only government can spend us out of this mess. Commentators from Paul Krugman to Martin Wolf of the Financial Times assert we are in a “Keynesian situation”; unless government spending rescues us, we are doomed to suffer decades of economic stagnation. […]READ MORE
The Age of Turbulence
“Alan Greenspan shares the story of his life first simply with an eye toward doing justice to the extraordinary amount of history he has experienced and shaped. But his other goal is to draw readers along the same learning curve he followed, so they accrue a grasp of his own understanding of the underlying dynamics […]READ MORE
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