Hey, What’d I Miss? OTE Summary, 5/21 – 5/28

May 28th, 2013 at 10:33 am
  • Adding two points [sic–as in 2% plus 2 points=4%; terrible nerd humor] to the 4%-inflation-target discussion started by the economist Lawrence Ball.
  • Discussing the Keystone pipeline and the tar sands oil market.
  • Looking at S&P growth during President Obama’s time in office: it’s up 105%.
  • Highlighting perverse outcomes of state Medicaid exemptions under the Supreme Court’s ACA decision.
  • Revealing the results of our OTE survey on the gender composition of Congress. Drumroll, please…
  • Examining China’s attempts to rebalance state and market forces:  a key factor to watch is how much these potential new developments help improve the living standards of the poor and evolving middle class.
  • Laying out relative pluses and minuses of potential alternatives for stopping international tax avoidance.
  • Noting some facts on the impact of Japan’s aggressive stimulus program to inject $1.4 trillion into the economy over the next two years, including an inconvenient increase in gov’t bond yields.
  • Relaying Bob Kuttner’s response to questions I posed in my review of his important new book, “Debtors’ Prison.”
  • Presenting part five of the OTE Sequester Watch.
  • Considering what can be learned from the Congressional hearing focused on Apple’s extensive tax avoidance.
  • Illustrating that SNAP (food stamp) rolls are elevated for a reason.
  • Highlighting a simple policy recommendation from Chuck Lane: to keep temporary deficit spending temporary, set triggers based on real variables to shut off your stimulus.
  • Looking at the type of overreach that could tilt the delicate balance and scuttle the immigration deal.

Music:  when the punditry overwhelms you, this week’s musical interlude from Mose Allison is a great remedy.

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