Question/Comment: My accountant told me the government’s gift of money for taxpayers (to help stimulate the economy?) is actually a loan that most middle/upper income citizens will have to repay within a year. Paul Solman: America spends more than it … Continue reading
Question/Comment: How does the U.S. “export” its inflation to other countries? And a second question: Frequently pundits say the U.S. can and does print money to achieve some economic or financial goal. However, my economics professor says the government does … Continue reading
- Doesn’t Bear Sterns hiding of their problems while continuing to sell mortgage-backed securities as if all was well constitute fraud?
Question/Comment: Bear Sterns did not go under overnight. Unless they are incompetent, the executives must have known what was happening for at least a year, maybe longer. So how come they took hundreds of millions in salary and bonuses (maybe … Continue reading
- If deficit spending stimulates the economy then won’t imminent plans to wind down the war and trim spending offset any stimulus packages?
Question/Comment: If deficit spending stimulates the economy then won’t imminent plans to wind down the war and trim spending offset any stimulus packages? Paul Solman: Hmmm, interesting point: an argument for continuing the war might be its stimulating effects. Consider, … Continue reading
Question/Comment: A Fed rate cut presumably has a cost; where is that felt? Paul Solman: Encouraging folks who made bad decisions before – invested stupidly, say, in mortgage-backed securities – to invest stupidly again, since the Fed will bail them … Continue reading
- I always hear about the Chinese keeping their currency at an artificial rate to help exports. Where would the cost of doing that show up?
Question/Comment: I always hear about the Chinese keeping their currency at an artificial rate to help exports, but I know from trying to hold a lid on a boiling pot that the pressure is going to come out somewhere. If … Continue reading
- It is often said that tax cuts help the economy because the taxpayer spends the money. I do not see how that works.
Question/Comment: It is often said that tax cuts help the economy because the taxpayer spends the money. I do not see how that works. After all, the government spends money, too. So what does it matter who spends the money? … Continue reading
Black children born to middle-class parents in the 1960s are far more likely than whites to have slipped down the socioeconomic ladder into poverty, according to a study published Tuesday. Continue reading
The Dow Jones continued to climb past 13,000 Thursday, despite rising gas prices and a struggling U.S. housing market. Two economic analysts detail the recent fluctuations in the American economy. Continue reading