Read my latest Oxford University Press blog post on Donald Trump’s dishonest accounting techniques.
Read my latest OUP blog post on Alexander Hamilton, the founding of the US public debt, and how Donald Trump could ruin the public credit of the United States. Someone ought to write a musical about it!
Sometimes bad ideas don’t die–they just appear to be dead until some politician tries to revive them. Read my latest OUP blog post on one such idea: the proposed Boxer-Paul Invest in Transportation Act.
Federal tax returns in the United States are not due until April 15. While you are getting ready to file, take a look at my April OUP blog post on the US income tax.
Read my latest OUP blog post on the importance of independent, objective policy analysis here.
See my opinion piece on the budget impasse in the Hartford Courant.
…except that the furloughs now in the news are of a different kind. In this case, federal employees will be put on unpaid leave of varying lengths because of the “sequester.” The long run-up to the sequester began during the summer of 2011, when Congress and the Administration failed to reach a budget deal. Their … Read more
On December 19 Standard and Poor’s raised its rating of Greek sovereign debt by six notches, to B-minus from selective default. The government’s decision to prosecute a statistician indicates that the upgrade was premature. According to S&P, the ratings change “balances our view of euro-zone member states’ determination to support Greece’s euro-zone membership and the … Read more
The following (now mildly edited) op-ed was slated to appear in a major US news outlet on January 15. Unfortunately for me, but good for the country, an announcement by the Obama Administration rendered the op-ed obsolete. The main point–that we should not resort to gimmicks in dealing with our serious fiscal issues–stands. Happy reading! … Read more
…is the title of my op-ed in today’s Hartford Courant on the role that ideology played in walking us right up to the fiscal cliff. Read it here! The role of ideology in poor economic policy decisions is the theme of my new book, forthcoming later this year from Oxford University Press. Stay tuned for … Read more