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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Obama's deficit plan: Did he make his case?

by Robert Zelnickvia Arena (Politico)
Thursday, April 14, 2011

The impending battle over national debt reduction gives the Democrats one more shot at making the tax code more just and the loopholes in the system more difficult to exploit...

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Dreamland, USA

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, April 14, 2011

Barack Obama just gave a belated but stern warning about escalating debt -- a few weeks after he presented a 2011 budget with a $1.6 trillion annual deficit, the largest shortfall in American history...

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Changing China’s Growth Path

by Michael Spencevia Project Syndicate
Thursday, April 14, 2011

The goal of China's new Five-Year Plan is to recompose (not expand) aggregate demand, in order to sustain growth and avoid the diminishing-returns trap that is the principal risk of the current investment pattern. But changing that pattern will require many simultaneous transitions...

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Still No Clear Social Security Policy

by Charles Blahousvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The President chose neither to offer nor to embrace any specific Social Security proposals. Following is a quick textual analysis of the President’s Social Security language...

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Understanding the President’s new budget proposal

by Keith Hennesseyvia KeithHennessey.com
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I will describe in some detail the President’s new budget proposal, then provide a few big picture reactions to it...

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The Great Budget Deal, Part 2

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Great Budget Deal of April 2011 promises $38.5 billion in spending cuts for the balance of Fiscal Year 2011-12. We’ll see if the reductions materialize...

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The housing boom and bust

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Here is an updated version of Case-Shiller’s housing index for the country. It is of course somewhat misleading because there is not a national housing market. But it does capture factors that affect all housing markets...

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The housing boom and bust, part 2

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The role of government in the housing market goes back decades to the deductibility of mortgage interest, FDIC insurance, and the creation of Fannie Mae. But those interventions...weren’t the cause of the crisis. You have to find a change in government policy...

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The President’s Senior Moment

by Bill Whalenvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Let’s think of the challenge ahead as a three-legged stool: serious discussions still to come on revenue, spending and entitlement reform...

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‘Chemical’ Is Not A Four-Letter Word

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes.com
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Two recent books about human exposure to chemicals offer very different views of the subject – different in tone, outlook, veracity and the value they provide to readers...