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Trump Voters and The Drug Epidemic

Harlan Green | Posted 12.13.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Why should so many rust-belt citizens vote for President-Elect Donald Trump, who is patently against the interest of working class voters? I am speak...

What, Now A Trump Recession?

Harlan Green | Posted 11.11.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Economists are already warning that if President-elect Trump's policies are enacted, such as initiating trade wars, or the wrong tax cuts, or even cut...

What Is the Truth?

Harlan Green | Posted 11.07.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Maybe it isn't as important for some voters to worry about, or even want to know the facts in this presidential campaign. That is, what are the truth...

No More Inflation?

Harlan Green | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

San Francisco Fed President John Williams has said something that most central bankers won't say. He believes the current low inflation, low growth e...

What Happened to Our Economy?

Harlan Green | Posted 06.07.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

The major debate during this campaign season seems to be over the economy. Who has it benefited and who was left behind? Sanders says we aren't spending enough to create more jobs, and Trump wants to build walls to keep any more jobs from leaving the U.S.

Government Made Our Middle Class

Harlan Green | Posted 10.26.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Why do we seem to be the only developed country that is unable to sustain a healthy middle class, with all the benefits to economic growth that is passed on to every segment of society?

When Will Fed Raise Interest Rates?

Harlan Green | Posted 10.12.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Even former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke has been irked by right wing conservatives for doing just the thing that most conservative economists, such as Martin Feldstein, and even arch-free market theorist Milton Friedman, said was the right thing to do during recessions--inject more money into the economy.

Who Do We Blame For the Great Recession?

Harlan Green | Posted 08.04.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Why has economic growth been so slow since the Great Recession? This is the question haunting many economists these days. Second quarter 2015 real GDP growth (after inflation) was just 2.3 percent six years after its end. This is better growth than any other developed economy, but still much too low for a sustainable recovery.

Will Fannie and Freddie's Investors Finally Succeed?

Harlan Green | Posted 07.22.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

The White House, U.S. Treasury, and Federal Housing Finance Authority have been stonewalling discovery requests by investors who want to know exactly why the GSEs were put into conservatorship in the first place.

George Bush Vets Speech

Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Greenspan's Greed and the Federal Deficit

Harlan Green | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

We have you to thank, Dr. Greenspan, for those "opportunities for avarice" that resulted from of your unbridled enthusiasm for such policies at that time. It also brought on the Great Recession and record deficit we have today.

Weak Employment Is American Austerity at Work

Harlan Green | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Is economic growth grinding to a halt, even as pundits predicted better growth in 2014? It does look like past austerity policies are still holding U.S. back.

The Egyptian Coup Is a Bad Precedent for All Democracies

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 09.04.2013 | World
James Marshall Crotty

You may not like the Muslim Brotherhood. You may not support its religion-infused politics, its arrogant brand of Islam, its views of the U.S. and Isr...

Managing Expectations--The Fed's Two-Edged Sword

Harlan Green | Posted 09.01.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

It does look like the results of Fed Chairman Bernanke's push for greater transparency in Federal Reserve policy deliberations are coming home to roos...

Austerinomics, the Anti-Growth Orthodoxy

Harlan Green | Posted 07.07.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Once again, Karl Rove/GW Bush attempted to turn the clock back to the beginning of the 19th century, and we are now living with the consequences--wars and budget deficits without end. It's hard to see what form a new nationalism will take, until and unless a new Teddy Roosevelt comes along.

The Hunger Games Are Coming

Harlan Green | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Since the 1970s, Republican economic policies have prevailed that diverted most of the fruits of prosperity to the wealthiest, so that the rest of U.S. have less to spend -- even though consumer spending drives 70 percent of economic activity.

The Sequester Dilemma--How Much Is Too Much Austerity?

Harlan Green | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Come March 1, we will begin to see how much damage the sequester agreement causes. A recent CNBC column by Larry Kudlow illustrates both the misconceptions and reason for the gridlock on avoiding across-the-board spending cuts of some $85 Billion to the federal budget.

Romney's 47 Percent Solution

Harlan Green | Posted 11.20.2012 | Money
Harlan Green

Neither trickle-down economics, nor the wealth redistribution upward that accompanies it have been good for the country -- certainly not Romney's 47 percent solution.

It's Ryancare vs. Obamacare

Harlan Green | Posted 10.14.2012 | Business
Harlan Green

Ryancare could become the campaign buzzword, but history says it won't work. It is a battle between almost polar opposites -- government austerity vs. government stimulus -- when the two must work together to bring back prosperity.

Romney's 5-Point Plan: Very Primitive Economics

Harlan Green | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Harlan Green

Policies that starve government of what is needed to govern effectively starve all of the U.S. Need we say more?

What Happened to the Bush Tax Cuts?

Harlan Green | Posted 08.04.2012 | Business
Harlan Green

We know G.W. Bush's tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 to revive an economy flattened by the dot-com bubble bust have cost plenty. And we know what happened to all that money. Not much.

Government Has to Work -- or Else

Harlan Green | Posted 03.06.2012 | Business
Harlan Green

What we need to do instead is embark on a massive investment program -- as we did, virtually by accident, 80 years ago -- that will increase our productivity for years to come, and will also increase employment now.

The Fed's Paralysis -- Who Will Do the Right Thing?

Harlan Green | Posted 10.31.2011 | Business
Harlan Green

Why so much emphasis on debt, rather than recovery? It is because of timidity on all sides, from the White House and Congress.

The Destruction of Our Wealth

Harlan Green | Posted 09.30.2011 | Business
Harlan Green

The destruction of middle class wealth and income by Republicans, in particular, has been prolonged and systematic for decades. This standard of living has already declined for most of us since the 1980s, and will continue to decline.

It's Basic Economics, Stupid -- Curing the Deficit

Harlan Green | Posted 09.11.2011 | Business
Harlan Green

What is holding up agreement of a debt ceiling increase is obvious. Republicans want to continue to shrink the middle class when they won't allow repeal of the Bush tax breaks. They do not understand the most basic economic Law of Supply and Demand.