Posts Tagged ‘New Deal’

World War II Did Not End the Great Depression: Lessons for Today


Friday September 9th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 5:58pm PDT   •   3 Comments

In a very timely new article in The Weekly Standard, “The Ultimate Stimulus? World War Two and Economic Growth,” Arthur Herman refutes the Keynesian economics myth that Big Government spending during World War II ended the Great Depression. In so doing, he bases his analysis on the path-breaking work of Independent Institute Senior Fellow…
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Obama “Economic Stimulus” Cost Lurches Higher Again


Wednesday May 25th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 4:43pm PDT   •   0 Comments

In “Stimulus price tag once again lurches higher,” Stephen Dinan reports in the Washington Times that according to the Congressional Budget Office, the cost of Obama’s “economic stimulus” package (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or ARRA) has now risen by another $40 billion. Congress’s chief scorekeeper said Wednesday that the price tag…
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Is Social Security a Good Deal? Antony Davies Answers


Monday May 16th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 8:41am PDT   •   5 Comments

Obstacle to Deficit Cutting: A Nation on Entitlements


Tuesday September 21st, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 11:24pm PDT   •   1 Comment

In an incisive, recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Sara Murray reports that: “Efforts to tame America’s ballooning budget deficit could soon confront a daunting reality: Nearly half of all Americans live in a household in which someone receives government benefits, more than at any time in history. “At the same time, the…
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How Government Unions Became so Powerful


Wednesday September 8th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 6:25am PDT   •   1 Comment

In her September 4th article in the Wall Street Journal, “How Government Unions Became so Powerful,” Amity Shlaes traces how federal protectionism, collective bargaining, and striking powers for public-sector unions have created government labor monopolies for which private workers are forced to pay ever higher taxes for generous pensions and other benefits: “This weekend…
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The Recession and “Regime Uncertainty”


Sunday September 5th, 2010   •   Posted by Robert Higgs at 11:23pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Regime uncertainty has gained increasing recognition as the current economic troubles have persisted with little or no improvement since the economy reached a cyclical trough early in 2009. As described in my 1997 paper, regime uncertainty pertains to “the likelihood that investors’ private property rights in their capital and the income it yields will…
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We Must Cut Taxes, Curb Spending and Crimp Regulations


Saturday September 4th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 1:07am PDT   •   2 Comments

Independent Institute Senior Fellow William F. Shughart II‘s new article, “We must cut taxes, curb spending and crimp regulations,” is being syndicated by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services to newspapers across the United States and Canada, including the Sacramento Bee, Lexington Herald-Leader, Standard Times (Bedford, MA), Bellingham Herald, Albany Times-Union, Guelph Mercury, Kitchener Record, etc. “The…
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The Costs of the Federal Bailouts


Friday September 3rd, 2010   •   Posted by William Shughart at 12:12am PDT   •   0 Comments

Ever since the bursting of the real estate bubble became evident at the end of 2007, Washington has been on a spending spree to avert events that, in its collective judgment, threatened the stability and solvency of the U.S. financial system and economy as a whole. Although the U.S. economy has experienced recurrent cycles…
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