Monthly Archives: March 2012

Laffer-Curve Ideation: No Laughing Matter

(Return to the Contents Topics page.)   Arthur Laffer and his Curve (Photo Credit:  United Press International) It is instructive that Bush the Elder derided Reaganomics with the label “Voodoo economics” during the 1980 Republican presidential primary season.  Bush correctly saw as … Continue reading

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Refuting Reaganomics, Part 3 – Reality, Keynes, and “Demand Side” Theory

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Milton Friedman (Spooner) The math is easy: the federal budget over the next decade cannot be made to square without raising a lot more money. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that if we stay on our current path, federal debt … Continue reading

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Refuting Reaganomics, Part 2 – The Laffer Curve, Growth, and Inequality

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) (Sunshine State News) In the United States, trickle-down theory’s insistence that a more progressive tax structure would compromise economic growth has long blocked attempts to provide valued public services. Thus, although every other industrial country provides … Continue reading

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Refuting Reaganomics, Part 1 – Fantasy, the Laffer Curve, and “Supply Side” Ideology

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Like one of those Hollywood monsters that cannot be killed, the once-ridiculed Laffer Curve has again come back from the dead to haunt the current tax cut debate just in time for Halloween and the November … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman’s Failure of Nerve

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) Such a promising beginning.  In his March 8 column, “Ignorance is Strength“, Paul Krugman points his sharp editorial finger at the elephant in the room of our culture.  If American Exceptionalism means anything, he argues, that … Continue reading

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Of Nuts and Sluts; no Ifs, Ands or Buts

(Return to the Contents Topics page.) I am not ashamed to admit that, after more than a half century of close study, I don’t understand women.  This conclusion became impossible to deny after the last few weeks of unrelenting misogyny from self-identified … Continue reading

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Essays on Inequality XII – Inequality Growth, Taxes, and Federal Debt

(Return to the Contents Topics page.)  * * * * Off the Radar Screen * * * * Lately I’ve been dismayed at how little meaningful attention is being given to inequality – more precisely, the economics of income and wealth inequality – in … Continue reading

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Rape, Choice, and the Supernatural War on Women

(Return to the Contents Topics page.)  (Image provided by the “Life Begins at Conception” website) Today in America, women’s control over their reproductive choices, and the availability of related medical services, is under sharp attack.  Restrictive, controlling legislation is advanced by the … Continue reading

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