The Trump tax cut had two primary purposes: 1) political: to make Trump seem like he is “pro-business”, and 2) economic: to give free help to already overvalued stock portfolios, to delay the collapse of the current bubble. The single most salient fact about the Trump tax cut was largely ignored by those who passed … Continue reading Clipped Wings: Trump Tax Cuts Slow New Income to Main Street
“Fiscal cliff” is a manner of speaking, not a fact of life. The trickle down economic theory holds that higher taxes automatically lead to economic downturn. We know, however, that economic history does not bear this out. We also know that severe cuts to public spending and social services limit the power of the Main … Continue reading Who is Fiscal Cliff?
The Bipartisan Policy Center has found that if there is no agreement to raise the debt limit by August 2, the Treasury Department would fail to pay 44 percent of its obligations. That 44 percent of government spending, over a year, is equivalent to a real decline in GDP of 10 percent. The number is that high because the Treasury Department has been making fiscal adjustments since March, in order to stave off default. Those adjustment have been pushed as far as possible and cannot continue to push back the deadline, beyond August 2.
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