Posts filed under “Taxes and Policy”

How to Stop the Downturn

Stiglitz pulls no punches in an op-ed in today’s NYT:

"AMERICA’S economy is headed for a major slowdown. Whether there is a recession (two quarters of negative growth) is less important than the fact that the economy will operate well below its potential, and unemployment will grow. The country needs a stimulus, but anything we do will add to our soaring deficit, so it is important to get as much bang for the buck as possible. The optimal package would contain one fast-acting measure along with others that could lead to increased spending if and only if the economy goes into a steep downturn…

The day of reckoning has come. This time we need a stimulus that stimulates. The question is, will the president and Congress put aside politics to get the job done?"

The full piece is pretty brutal . . .



How to Stop the Downturn
NYT, January 23, 2008

Category: Economy, Politics, Taxes and Policy

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Category: Federal Reserve, Financial Press, Politics, Taxes and Policy

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Category: Corporate Management, Finance, Financial Press, Taxes and Policy

Google Gets Its Elections On!

Category: Politics, Taxes and Policy, Web/Tech

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Category: Credit, Real Estate, Taxes and Policy

NYT: Blaming the Fed for the Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis

Category: Credit, Federal Reserve, Real Estate, Taxes and Policy

Federal Reserve Department of Irony

Category: Federal Reserve, Fixed Income/Interest Rates, Psychology, Real Estate, Taxes and Policy

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Category: Credit, Real Estate, Taxes and Policy

Treasury Plan to Freeze Mortgage Rates

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Economy, Psychology, Real Estate, Taxes and Policy

No Conspiracy Theory — Just Data

Category: Data Analysis, Psychology, Taxes and Policy