Archive for the ‘Fiscal Policy’ Category

The Current Economy: Green Shoots or Brown Ones?

May 29th, 2014

I was listening to an interview with Tim Geithner this weekend, and after going through his (highly readable) new book, they asked him where he thought the economy was headed.  “I don’t believe forecasts,” he said, which sounded smart to me (he then proceeded to forecast). He was pretty bullish about growth, generally arguing what… Read more

Arguing Taxes, Transfers, and Market Outcomes

May 22nd, 2014

Inequality analyst Scott Winship feels “systematically ignored” by “writers and researchers” including myself.  Since he’s a smart and interesting critic in this space, not to mention an old fellow traveler, allow me to correct that. Scott is one of a number of analysts who criticize Thomas Piketty’s work for focusing largely on market incomes, thus… Read more

Rep. Ryan: It’s Only a Cut When I Say It’s a Cut!

April 10th, 2014

One of DC’s sillier arguments–a very competitive category–is the claim that you’re not really cutting a program when you reduce its growth rate. Apparently, Congressman Ryan was unhappy with a new CBPP post pointing out that most–69%–of his budget cuts come from programs that serve low or moderate income people.  As CBPP’s Bob Greenstein points out:… Read more