It's the stupid economy

Will giving millions of Americans $600 each (or $1,200 per couple) stimulate our faltering economy back to stability? And where will deficit-spending Washington get the $140 billion? Jason Furman, a White House economic advisor during the Clinton administration, and author-economist Staven Landsburg debate the U.S. economy and the recently announced stimulus package.

  • The post-stimulus economy

    Say the stimulus package doesn’t work; then what? Another stimulus package, or does the U.S. just wait out the slump? Jason Furman and Steven E. Landsburg conclude their debate.

  • What can we blame?

    What’s wrong with this economy? Is it unscrupulous lenders, irresponsible borrowers or the wildly speculative financial markets? Is there a villain at all? Steven E. Landsburg and Jason Furman continue their debate.

  • Inflating the bubble?

    Why should Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae guarantee home loans bigger than $600,000? Does this increase the likelihood that public money will be used to bail out lenders? Jason Furman and Steven E. Landsburg continue their debate.

  • Where’s that stimulus money?

    By increasing deficit spending during good economic times, has the U.S. used up its ability to deal with the slump? How are we going to come up with $140 billion or more? Steven E. Landsburg and Jason Furman continue their debate.

  • Recession prevention

    Will the economy be stimulated by the House/White House stimulus package? All week, Jason Furman, a advisor to President Clinton, and author-economist Steven E. Landsburg discuss the U.S. economy and the recently announced stimulus package.

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