Category Archives: democracy

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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Obama should not lend his name to any entitlement cuts

From today’s NY Times report on the “civil war” in the GOP: “You have to have a specific agenda,” said Jeff Bell, a policy director in the 1976 Reagan campaign, citing the supply-side tax cuts that were so in vogue … 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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Debt-ceiling deal appears imminent

Jonathan Chait is exhorting us to “stop fretting: the debt-ceiling crisis is over!” And indeed, it appears Speaker Boehner is finally willing to bring a vote to the House floor, even if it is the Senate bill, and even if … Continue reading

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Three days till debt-ceiling breach

What would it take to foster an actually thriving domestic labor market? What kind of political and policy relationship between government and private industry would it take? I am of the mind these questions, or variants of them, should represent … Continue reading

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The business elite is letting GOP put domestic economic sabotage on the negotiating table

There is a piece of knowledge emerging in which the Republicans are no longer the party of Big Business. Statements of this knowledge can be found in BusinessWeek, National Review, and the Washington Examiner. It is based on the view that the … Continue reading

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The budget is the actual issue at stake

The Republicans aren’t going to goad Obama into defunding Obamacare. The Democrats aren’t going to magically “break the fever” and get Republicans to see the error of their anti-government ways. Neither of these goals is at this point remotely on … Continue reading

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