Economics

Center on Wealth & Poverty

Government Workers Less Productive?

Which group of workers contributes most to the gross domestic product? One could have a lively debate about this question. As one who is a firm believer in small and limited government, I argue that two of the most productive workers are elementary school teachers, who teach children basic reading and math skills, and honest and wise judges.It is hard Read More ›

Two New Salesmen

Will the new Bush economic team succeed? The short answer is yes, and here’s why. John Snow and Stephen Friedman have been brought on as Treasury Secretary and head of the National Economic Council not so much to make policy as to sell it. They have reputations as consensus builders, and for being effective advocates for their policies. Critics of Read More ›

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Pinning Hopes on Tax Competition

What would your reaction be if you learned the countries of the world all decided everyone must drive the same car and this new car must cost at least $50,000? In this hypothetical situation, the rationale given for this decision is that some countries were able to make cars more inexpensively than other countries, and this was not fair to Read More ›

Serious Economic Debate Due

Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle states that, going into the election, the Democrats had an economic policy but they did not communicate it clearly. Let’s test his argument. See if you can answer the following: (A) The Democrats’ position on taxes was: The Bush tax cuts should be repealed. The Bush tax cuts should not be repealed but allowed to Read More ›

Bush on Right Track

The administration will propose a tax-reform, tax-cutting package that will create more jobs and higher growth, making everyone better off. It will likely include a reduction in the double taxation of dividends. Critics, because of economic ignorance or demagogy, will claim this benefits only rich corporations and stockholders. What they ignore is that the taxes corporations collect for the government Read More ›

Growth and Envy

Would you prefer a United States where the typical family income was $100,000 per year but the top 5 percent averaged $500,000 a year or five times the typical family, or a United States where the typical family income was $30,000 a year but the top 5 percent averaged only $60,000 or twice that of the typical family? Your answer Read More ›

Prime the Pump for Prosperity

You are walking along a beach, a strange bottle washes up, you open it, and out pops an economic genie. The genie says, “If you give me $100, I will guarantee that the American economy will grow at 6 percent a year (roughly double the rate of the last 30 years), we will have full employment and no inflation, and Read More ›

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Foreign Aid Program that Works

Who is the biggest provider of foreign aid? The World Bank? The International Monetary Fund (IMF)? The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)? The right answer is none of the above. The single biggest provider of foreign aid is the more than 10 million American immigrants and migrant workers who send back a portion of their earnings to their home Read More ›

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Close the Mint?

Both the European Union and the U.S. government have proved themselves to be incompetent to mint coins. The Economist Magazine just reported that “1- and 2-euro coins, when clutched in sweaty hands, release 300 times more nickel than is allowed by EU guidelines.” According to The Washington Times: “Three years after its splashy introduction by the U.S. Mint, the Sacawagea Read More ›

Nightmare on FATF Street

Assume a friend came to you and said: “Do you know there is this international government organization that is trying to take away your right to protect yourself from criminals; is demanding that your lawyer, accountant, real estate agent, bank teller, jewelry store clerk and car salesman spy on you; and is going to take your personal financial records and Read More ›