Hey, What’d I Miss? OTE Summary, 2/26 – 3/4

March 4th, 2013 at 4:30 pm
  • Pointing to some smart talk on myths concerning the sequester.
  • Laying out three insights on the sequester:  for one, it was supposed to be like a sword of Damocles — whoops.
  • Discussing why the sequester is nuts, and I refuse to treat it as some kind of new normal.
  • Talking to my friend and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities colleague, Richard Kogan, on how sequestration is likely to play out.
  • Analyzing the revised GDP report and showing how contractionary fiscal policy has been pretty relentlessly whacking away at real GDP growth since the Recovery Act faded out.
  • Outlining how to solve the sequester:  the key is tax expenditures!
  • Lamenting the increasingly dysfunctional sequester politics.
  • Explaining why current fiscal policy is damaging real GDP growth — and contributing to a level of austerity that would make a European policymaker proud.
  • Considering a study in contrasts:  relative to Congress, Governors actually have to… you know… do stuff.
  • Clarifying some confusing sequester numbers.

Music:  an outsourced Friday Musical Interlude, featuring Bach performed by Yo-Yo Ma.

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