Archive for the ‘Fiscal Policy’ Category

Headline writers: enough already with the disembodied trillions!

February 9th, 2016

President Obama’s 2017 budget is out today, and here’s why I think it’s worth a look. Yes, he’s approaching lame duck status and Congressional conservatives wouldn’t even use the thing for door stop. But I think it’s relevant in ways that you might find resonant, including vis-a-vis campaign politics. But what’s really working my last… Read more

Really, how much do presidents influence the economy?

January 12th, 2016

A commenter, after gazing at these figures, asks: how much influence do presidents really have over the economy anyway? I dove deeply into this here, riffing off of an academic paper comparing economic outcomes between terms when D’s or R’s controlled the White House. The economy grows faster under Democrats, which is good to know,… Read more