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Just Say No to the Debilitating Drug of Keynesian Stimulus

I’m glad that Donald Trump wants faster growth. The American people shouldn’t have to settle for the kind of anemic economic performance that the nation endured during the Obama years. But does he understand the right recipe for prosperity? That’s an open question. At times, Trump makes Obama-style arguments about the Keynesian elixir of government […]

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The “Austerity” Debate: More Academic Evidence against Big Government

In the world of fiscal policy, there are actually two big debates. One debate revolves around the appropriate size of government in the long run. Folks on the left argue that government spending generates a lot of value and that bigger government is a recipe for more prosperity. Libertarians and their allies, by contrast, point […]

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Anti-Economics from The Economist

When I was younger, folks in the policy community joked that BusinessWeek was the “anti-business business weekly” because its coverage of the economy was just as stale and predictably left wing as what you would find in the pages of Time or Newsweek. Well, perhaps it’s time for The Economist to be known as the […]

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The Recipe for Job Creation: Less “Help” from Washington

The American economy is in the doldrums. And has been for most this century thanks to bad policy under both Obama and Bush. So what’s needed to boost growth and create jobs? A new video from Learn Liberty, narrated by Professor Don Boudreaux (who also was the narrator for Learn Liberty’s superb video on free […]

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Japan and the IMF: A Match Made in Keynesian Hell

Japan is the poster child for Keynesian economics. Ever since a bubble popped about 25 years ago, Japanese politician have adopted one so-called stimulus scheme after another. Lots of additional government spending. Plenty of gimmicky tax cuts. All of which were designed according to the Keynesian theory that presumes that governments should borrow money and […]

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Disentangling Keynesian Fiscal Policy

At the risk of understatement, I’m not a fan of Keynesian economics. The disdain is even apparent in the titles of my columns. Notwithstanding Keynesian Fantasies, Redistribution Does Not Stimulate Growth Japan’s Descent into Keynesian Parody Has Keynesian Economics Finally Jumped the Shark? More Keynesian Primitivism from the Congressional Budget Office The Perplexing Durability of […]

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Notwithstanding Keynesian Fantasies, Redistribution Does Not Stimulate Growth

Back in 2010, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi actually claimed that paying people not to work would be good for the economy. Wow, that’s almost as bizarre as Paul Krugman’s assertion that war is good for growth. Professor Dorfman of the University of Georgia remembers Pelosi’s surreal moment and cites it in his column in Forbes, […]

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The War against Cash, Part III

Although it doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it warrants, one of the greatest threats to liberty and prosperity is the potential curtailment and elimination of cash. As I’ve previously noted, there are two reasons why statists don’t like cash and instead would prefer all of us to use digital money (under their rules, […]

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To Boost a Global Economy Burdened by too much Government, OECD Endorses…an “Urgent” Keynesian Spending Binge

I don’t know whether Keynesian economics is best described as a perpetual motion machine or a Freddy Krueger movie (or perhaps even the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz), but it’s safe to say I’ll be fighting this pernicious theory until my last breath. That’s because evidence doesn’t seem to have any […]

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Has Keynesian Economics Finally Jumped the Shark?

If everyone has a cross to bear in life, mine is the perplexing durability of Keynesian economics. I thought the idea was dead when Keynesians incorrectly said you couldn’t have simultaneously rising inflation and unemployment like we saw in the 1970s. Then I thought the idea was buried even deeper when the Keynesians were wrong […]

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The War against Cash, Part II

I wrote yesterday that governments want to eliminate cash in order to make it easier to squeeze more money from taxpayers. But that’s not the only reason why politicians are interested in banning paper money and coins. They also are worried that paper money inhibits the government’s ability to “stimulate” the economy with artificially low […]

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Pro-Keynesian Journalist Accidentally Shows that Smaller Government Is Good for Economic Growth

I don’t know if this is a good personality trait or a character flaw, but it always brings a big smile to my face when a leftist tries to argue for bigger government but inadvertently makes an argument in favor of smaller government. Sort of like scoring a goal against your own team in soccer. […]

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Making Fun of Keynesian Economics

It’s sometimes difficult to make fun of Keynesian economics. But this isn’t because Keynesian theory is airtight. It’s easy, after all, to mock a school of thought that is predicated on the notion that you can make yourself richer by taking money from your right pocket and putting it in your left pocket. The problem […]

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The Missing Data in Krugman’s German Austerity Narrative

There’s an ongoing debate about Keynesian economics, stimulus spending, and various versions of fiscal austerity, and regular readers know I do everything possible to explain that you can promote added prosperity by reducing the burden of government spending. Simply stated, we get more jobs, output, and growth when resources are allocated by competitive markets. But […]

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Obamacare, Obamanomics ‘stimulus’ for parent move-ins with kids

The only “work” stimulated for non-government union employees by President Obama’s 2009 “stimulus” bill was for U-Haul to move adult children’s furniture back to their parents’ homes. Obamacare will force children lucky enough to have full-time jobs to rent Ryder trucks to transport mom and dad’s stuff to their abodes. Maybe President Barack Obama would consider issuing an executive order allowing adults to stay on their children’s | Read More » . . . → Read More: Obamacare, Obamanomics ‘stimulus’ for parent move-ins with kids . . . → Read More: Obamacare, Obamanomics ‘stimulus’ for parent move-ins with kids

Grand jobs/tax Bargain must end Obama-EPA wars on coal, Keystone

President Obama famously promised the creation of shovel-ready infrastructure jobs in the first bill ($787B stimulus) he signed soon after his 2009 Inauguration, only to scoff at the “shovel-ready” notion during his 2012 re-election campaign. Yet, in his latest “re-focus” on the economy last week, he once again proposed  infrastructure (albeit shovel-neutral) jobs-creation spending as part of his self-described proposal for a “grand bargain” with | Read More » . . . → Read More: Grand jobs/tax Bargain must end Obama-EPA wars on coal, Keystone . . . → Read More: Grand jobs/tax Bargain must end Obama-EPA wars on coal, Keystone

Detroit, Europe and Krugman-defined optional austerity

Decreases in annual increases of big government budgets do not “austerity” measures make and are not the reason that the, rightly-named-by-Nobel-Prize-winning-economist Paul Krugman, economic Depression continues in most of Europe and the United States. President Richard Nixon actually didn’t say that “We are all Keynesians now” after taking the United States off the gold standard in 1971 and otherwise ensuring that Hubert Humphrey-Democrats got the | Read More » . . . → Read More: Detroit, Europe and Krugman-defined optional austerity . . . → Read More: Detroit, Europe and Krugman-defined optional austerity

Still think Obama doesn’t love sister-enslaving-Sharia Islamists yet?

Still think President Obama was ignorant of Rev. Wright’s hate speech for 20 years, Muslim Brotherhood ties to al Qaeda, that the Stimulus would stimulate and that Obamacare would ensure you could keep private health insurance plans you liked before its passage into law? I didn’t think so, and all of the above was clearly discernible before his re-election eight months ago, much less over | Read More » . . . → Read More: Still think Obama doesn’t love sister-enslaving-Sharia Islamists yet? . . . → Read More: Still think Obama doesn’t love sister-enslaving-Sharia Islamists yet?

Another Example of Editorial-Page Fiction at the New York Times

Are there any fact checkers at the New York Times? Since they’ve allowed some glaring mistakes by Paul Krugman (see here and here), I guess the answer is no. But some mistakes are worse than others. Consider a recent column by David Stuckler of Oxford and Sanjay Basu of Stanford. Entitled “How Austerity Kills,” it […] . . . → Read More: Another Example of Editorial-Page Fiction at the New York Times . . . → Read More: Another Example of Editorial-Page Fiction at the New York Times

Krugton the Invincible…or Krugman the Inadvertent Opponent of Tax Increases?

President Bush imposed a so-called stimulus plan in 2008 and President Obama imposed an even  bigger “stimulus” in 2009. Based upon the economy’s performance over the past five-plus years, those plans didn’t work. Japan has spent the past 20-plus years imposing one Keynesian scheme after another, and the net effect is economic stagnation and record […] . . . → Read More: Krugton the Invincible…or Krugman the Inadvertent Opponent of Tax Increases? . . . → Read More: Krugton the Invincible…or Krugman the Inadvertent Opponent of Tax Increases?


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