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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-13-09 08:41 AM
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Ideas for Obama by Paul Krugman

Last week President-elect Barack Obama was asked to respond to critics who say that his stimulus plan wont do enough to help the economy. Mr. Obama answered that he wants to hear ideas about how to spend money efficiently and effectively to jump-start the economy.

O.K., Ill bite although as Ill explain shortly, the jump-start metaphor is part of the problem.

First, Mr. Obama should scrap his proposal for $150 billion in business tax cuts, which would do little to help the economy. Ideally hed scrap the proposed $150 billion payroll tax cut as well, though Im aware that it was a campaign promise.

Money not squandered on ineffective tax cuts could be used to provide further relief to Americans in distress enhanced unemployment benefits, expanded Medicaid and more. And why not get an early start on the insurance subsidies probably running at $100 billion or more per year that will be essential if were going to achieve universal health care?

Mainly, though, Mr. Obama needs to make his plan bigger. To see why, consider a new report from his own economic team.

On Saturday, Christina Romer, the future head of the Council of Economic Advisers, and Jared Bernstein, who will be the vice presidents chief economist, released estimates of what the Obama economic plan would accomplish. Their report is reasonable and intellectually honest, which is a welcome change from the fuzzy math of the last eight years.

But the report also makes it clear that the plan falls well short of what the economy needs.

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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-13-09 08:42 AM
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1. The Krug needs to be invited onto O's economic team
Very soon.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-13-09 08:48 AM
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2. He's already advising them...
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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-13-09 07:04 PM
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3. go Krug-ever vigilant
To get what we've never had, we must do what we've never done.

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