Can a cut in value-added tax stimulate economic growth?
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Back-loading health reform is poor health policy and health politics. It’s poor fiscal policy, too.
(cross posted at freeforall) My first post of 2012 said the top public policy priority for 2012 was to: …enact policies that encourage economic growth now, while moving toward a sustainable budget over the long run. This main policy need is unchanged from 2011, and we didn’t manage to do either very well. This is [...]
Imagine a basketball game during which the contrast between two players catches your eye. John Bull, a 5’11″ guard, makes lots of three pointers but never gets a rebound. Meanwhile, his 6’10″ Cousin Sam plays power forward, grabs many rebounds but never makes a three pointer. Would you expect John Bull to become a prolific [...]
Thousands of National Health Service Corps members help provide basic services to an estimated 10.5 million Americans, a dramatic expansion facilitated by the 2009 stimulus package.
Keith Humphreys’ thoughtful post called to mind some thoughts I wanted to jot down after re-reading Drew Westen’s NYT piece on Obama and Jonathan Chait’s blistering response to Westen in the New Republic. Westen is surely a primary target of Keith’s scorn, and I agree with both Chait and Keith that Westen grossly exaggerates what [...]
Christine O’Donnell’s politics are hilarious: she thinks we should go around telling people masturbation is wrong. Thing is, there’s a Supreme Court justice who’s very angry that we can no longer make it illegal.
Surprise: People with AIDS and disadvantaged youth fare worse than large banks, Medicare recipients, and physicians in squabbling over the federal budget.