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Discretionary spending under Democratic and Republican Administrations, Reagan-Obama

Data for the graph above and the following observations come from table 5.6, found here. If you look at the above graph you see that under Republican administrations, discretionary spending tends to go up. Under Democratic administrations, discretionary spending tends … Continue reading

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Two more links on section 1002 of the “default prevention act of 2013”

More reporting and commentary is becoming available for those interested in the implications of section 1002 of the recent debt-ceiling bill (the “default prevention act of 2013”). Below are two more links. First some background on section 1002. As I … Continue reading

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The “Default Prevention Act of 2013” makes a February debt-ceiling crisis unlikely

On one hand, the deal signed by Obama provides debt-ceiling relief only till February, when the debt ceiling will once again be reached. On the other hand, come February, it is unlikely the United States will manufacture another homemade debt … Continue reading

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COLUMN: The GOP domestic vision

Elizabeth Drew’s essay in the current New York Review of Books expounds upon the consequences of America’s ever-shifting electorate. In 2012, roughly 130 million voters turned out, around 58 percent of those eligible. Two years earlier, in 2010, without the … Continue reading

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In defense of Sherkat?

A few notes on Regnerus, Sherkat, science . . . At this point I will acknowledge a contradiction found in my previous post on Sherkat and the Regnerus study: despite my rhetoric, I agree with Sherkat, in this case. Regnerus’s … Continue reading

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Reinhart-Rogoff: a structure of knowledge goes down

An important structure of knowledge went down last week. The Reinhart-Rogoff paper “Growth in a Time of Debt,” which claimed to show that real GDP growth is weak when government debt hits a “threshold” of 90% of GDP, was taken down … Continue reading

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Four reasons for economic optimism in 2013, 2014, and beyond

The case for US economic optimism in 2013, 2014, and beyond continues to grow. Here are four reasons for optimism (with limits to the optimism in parentheses): 1. US oil boom (on the other hand, there is a possibility we … Continue reading

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