Fiscal Policy and the Economy

Corporate

Post submitted by Ariel Glasner (On April 19, 2004 at 7:17 pm):

In a presentation to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta earlier this week, Alan Greenspan focused on the beating corporate America has taken in the past two years following allegations of scandals and fraud. There has also been much debate on who is responsible for regulating corporate activities, the corporations themselves, the SEC alone, or the SEC in cooperation with other government institutions. The ultimate decision can have a significant impact on investment in our economy, and it’s important that policies are formulated with a long term vision in mind. Who is responsible for regulating corporate behavior and what can be the long term implications of such policies on our country’s economy?

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Bush’s 2005 Budget

Post submitted by AlexanderNyren (On February 17, 2004 at 9:56 am):

Everybody should check out the following

Democr atic analysis of Bush’s 2005 budget.

It highlights some of the many reasons why Bush’s claim to halve the deficit within five years is absurd, and why things will probably get far worse after that if something is not done.

Hint: Think sunset provisions, social security, and ongoing military operations.

What do you think is the most startling revelation?

What effects will these policies have particularly on us, young people?

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The Democratic Response

Post submitted by Ariel Glasner (On January 21, 2004 at 12:12 pm):

Of course, we can’t forget about the Democratic Response given by Senator Tom Daschle. Here are some select quotes from his speech. What do you think??

-Ariel and Alex

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State of the Union Responses

Post submitted by Ariel Glasner (On January 21, 2004 at 12:08 pm):

There were quite a few interesting quotes in last night’s State of the Union address, and we thought this would be a great opportunity to find out what you thought and how the policies addressed last night should be incorporated into our 2020 Vision. Here are some select quotes from President Bush’s speech. What do you think about them???

-Ariel and Alex

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Wealth Inequality

Post submitted by AlexanderNyren (On December 12, 2003 at 9:02 pm):

Wealth inequality has become a predominant topic in the last few postings. The question that needs to be answered first, however, is:

Does wealth inequality represent a symptom of unequal access to opportunity or a cause of unequal access to opportunity? In other words, which comes first – equality of wealth/income or equal access to opportunity?

Keep in mind that we’re not focusing on policy means yet, but our policy objectives. In other words, we’re not trying to reach consensus about specific policy implements yet (e.g. affordable housing costs, progressive taxation); rather, we need to focus on our objectives (e.g. yes, we want to obtain equal access to opportunity and these are the kinds of opportunities we mean).

Also, it’s incredible that everyone has obviously dedicated a lot of time and energy to their posts, but please keep the postings at a reasonable length to ensure that they are easy to follow.

Thanks!!

-Ariel and Alex

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