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Who’s Going Rogue?

November 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on Who’s Going Rogue?

I laughed when I saw the title of Sam Stein’s piece about Democratic donors “going rogue” on the President. Seems to me the President’s the one who’s been “going rogue” on us since he got into office. (Cross-posted at FireDogLake and Correntewire).

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The Real Solution to the “Fiscal Sustainability Problem”

November 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Real Solution to the “Fiscal Sustainability Problem”

As I’ve blogged many times before, I don’t think there is a “fiscal sustainability problem” as the people who are presently deluging us with exhortations to bring the national debt and the debt-to-GDP ratio define it. That’s because I define “fiscal sustainability” in a different way than they do, as I’ve explained in another post. […]

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Co-ordinated Around the Wrong Thing

November 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on Co-ordinated Around the Wrong Thing

Yesterday, R. J. Eskow remarked: We expected to see an all-out assault on Social Security and progressive taxation in November, and we expected it to come under the banner of “deficit reduction.” That was always the plan: Wait until after the election, when a lame-duck Congress could pass the preferred policies with the least political […]

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The Very Idea of A Long-term Deficit Reduction Plan

November 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Very Idea of A Long-term Deficit Reduction Plan

This week and last we’ve seen the appearance of four plans for “deficit and debt reduction.” Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson started things off by releasing their Co-Chair’s plan. At about the same time, the Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform issued a plan on reform of the budgetary process designed to ensure that fiscal rules […]

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Stephanie Kelton and the Catfood Commission: “I know which scenario benefits me. Do you?”

November 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on Stephanie Kelton and the Catfood Commission: “I know which scenario benefits me. Do you?”

In a beautifully simple post that should crystallize everything for you, Professor Stephanie Kelton of the University of Missouri at Kansas City crystallizes the logic of the Sectoral Financial Balance Model for President, Obama, the Catfood Commission, the deficit hawks and doves and you and me. She says: In a ‘closed economy’ (one without foreign […]

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The Catfood Counter-narrative: The Fiscal Sustainability Teach-In Program

November 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Catfood Counter-narrative: The Fiscal Sustainability Teach-In Program

Pretty soon I plan to start blogging about the presentations and discussions emerging from the Fiscal Sustainability Teach-In Counter-Conference. But, first, I want to discuss the program design and its logic. That design was basically a reaction to the framing of the deficit hawk messaging developed from the beginning of the Obama Administration. The Peterson […]

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The Counter-narrative To the Catfood Commisson: More on “Our Guiding Principles and Values”

November 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Counter-narrative To the Catfood Commisson: More on “Our Guiding Principles and Values”

A few days ago I began a critique of the Catfood Commission Co-Chair Proposals draft, by focusing on a single slide of their presentation stating “our guiding principles and values.” There was enough objectionable material on that slide to justify a post. But there’s much more worth commenting on in the succeeding slides on the […]

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Fiscal Sustainability Conference Videos and Transcripts Now Available

November 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on Fiscal Sustainability Conference Videos and Transcripts Now Available

On April 28, 2010, The Fiscal Sustainability Teach-In Counter-Conference was held at The Marvin Center of The George Washington University In Washington, DC. The Conference was first proposed in a post I blogged on April 7th at a number of sites including this one. A group of bloggers responded and collectively, using primarily the Correntewire.com […]

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Bill Mitchell on the Co-Chairs’ Proposal

November 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off on Bill Mitchell on the Co-Chairs’ Proposal

I blogged on the opening slide of the Catfood Commission Co-Chairs’ Proposal just a couple of days ago, so when I checked out BillyBlog, as I do almost everyday, last night, I was particularly pleased that a part of his great post was devoted to the same slide I commented on. I’d like to dialogue […]

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Constitutional Crisis Over Debt Ceiling? Does the Government Have To Shut Down?

November 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off on Constitutional Crisis Over Debt Ceiling? Does the Government Have To Shut Down?

Recently, my friend Marshall Auerback posted an article at New Deal 2.0 about Obama’s coming “teachable moment” when the Republicans try to wring concessions out of the Democrats by refusing to raise the ceiling on the national debt. The post stimulated a lot of good discussion about alternatives Obama might have to shutting down the […]

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