Posts Tagged ‘Federal Reserve’

U.S. Spending Up 21.4% in Two Years, $3.45 Trillion for 2010


Thursday October 14th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 2:24am PDT   •   1 Comment

The Wall Street Journal notes in a new article, “The 2010 Spending Record: In two years, a 21.4% increase”: “Perhaps you missed it, but then so did the Washington press corps. Late last week the Congressional Budget Office released its preliminary budget tallies for fiscal year 2010, and the news is that the U.S….
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Private Investment vs. Government Spending in the Recession


Sunday September 26th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 5:58am PDT   •   1 Comment

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs examines the serious problem of “regime uncertainty” being created by the feasting of federal spending programs starving (crowding out) the private investment needed for recovery from the recession: “Private saving and investment are the heart and soul of the dynamic market process. Together they provide and allocate the…
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The Recession and “Regime Uncertainty”


Sunday September 5th, 2010   •   Posted by Robert Higgs at 11:23pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Regime uncertainty has gained increasing recognition as the current economic troubles have persisted with little or no improvement since the economy reached a cyclical trough early in 2009. As described in my 1997 paper, regime uncertainty pertains to “the likelihood that investors’ private property rights in their capital and the income it yields will…
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The Costs of the Federal Bailouts


Friday September 3rd, 2010   •   Posted by William Shughart at 12:12am PDT   •   0 Comments

Ever since the bursting of the real estate bubble became evident at the end of 2007, Washington has been on a spending spree to avert events that, in its collective judgment, threatened the stability and solvency of the U.S. financial system and economy as a whole. Although the U.S. economy has experienced recurrent cycles…
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Can the Leviathan Be Stopped or Slowed?


Tuesday August 24th, 2010   •   Posted by Robert Higgs at 4:44pm PDT   •   0 Comments

In a recent commentary titled “Diagnostics and Therapeutics in Political Economy,” I endeavored to show that an analytical understanding of past growth in the government’s size, scope, and power does not permit us to prescribe effective means of stopping or slowing this growth, particularly any simple silver bullet remedy, and I specifically disclaimed any…
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