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Educating Congress and Debunking the White House on the Debt Limit

Whenever there’s a fight over raising the debt limit, the political establishment gets hysterical and makes apocalyptic claims about default and economic crisis. For years, I’ve been arguing that this Chicken-Little rhetoric is absurd. And earlier this week I testified about this issue before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee. […]

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Greek Politicians Should Learn from Latvia

I wrote last month that the debt burden in Greece doesn’t preclude economic recovery. After all, both the United States and (especially) the United Kingdom had enormous debt burdens after World War II, yet those record levels of red ink didn’t prevent growth. Climbing out of the debt hole didn’t require anything miraculous. Neither the […]

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Greece, Germany, and a Real-World Version of Atlas Shrugged

I suggested a couple of months ago that the economic turmoil in Greece and Venezuela is somewhat akin to a real-life version of Atlas Shrugged. And I’ve also used that analogy when writing about France and Detroit. But I’m probably not doing justice to Ayn Rand’s famous novel because Atlas Shrugged is not just about […]

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A Five-Picture Explanation of the Greek Mess

I’ve shared lots of analysis (both serious and satirical) about the mess in Greece and I feel obliged to comment on the latest agreement for another bailout. But how many times can I write that the Greek government spends too much money and has a punitive tax system (and a crazy regulatory regime, a bloated […]

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Haven’t the Greeks Suffered Enough?

I very rarely feel sympathy for the people of Greece. Indeed, events over the past five years have even led me to write that “I hate the Greeks.” I also disparaged the people of Greece by stating on TV that they’ve been trying to loot and mooch their way through life. So you can see […]

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New Fiscal Report from European Commission Punctures Myth of “Savage” Austerity

The European Commission’s data-gathering bureaucracy, Eurostat, has just published a new report on government finances for the region. And with Greece’s ongoing fiscal turmoil getting headlines, this Eurostat publication is worthwhile because it debunks the notion, peddled by folks like Paul Krugman, that Europe has been harmed by “savage” and “harsh” spending cuts. Here’s some […]

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