Articles by Steve Conover
Putting the Debt in Context
Monday, June 17, 2013
- The deficit is shrinking, but federal debt is at an all-time high. More importantly, how large is the debt burden?
A Fiscal Proposal Both Keynes and Reagan Could Support
Thursday, May 30, 2013
- The Left says the government should spend more, but the Right says it should spend less. It sounds like an ideological standoff, but there is common ground.
Money Printing Isn’t Always Inflationary
Thursday, May 9, 2013
- Republicans are wrongly giving fear of money printing a higher priority than the growth debate. Robust growth is as close as we can get to a panacea for our ...
Confusing Cause and Effect in the Fiscal Policy Debate
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
- Our debate should not be about income redistribution or debt reduction but rather about how to achieve broadly shared growth — because when we achieve that, ...
Two Budgets, One Point of Agreement, and a Third Way
Friday, March 22, 2013
- The Senate and House budgets agree that this economy needs more growth and both predict the same growth levels — yet the Senate budget proposes higher ...
The Budget Debate Simplified
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
- In the debate over government spending, two main schools of thought dominate airtime, but an honest account should include two more — today’s moderates and ...
‘Investment’ Means Defense Spending
Monday, February 25, 2013
- Our politicians seem more focused on winning the next election or reducing the budget deficit than on preventing the next war. The result may be a ...
A Business Perspective on the Federal Debt
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
- A proper analysis of the debt burden tells a much different story than the debt level by itself.
A Winning Strategy on the Debt Ceiling (Courtesy of Warren Buffett)
Thursday, February 7, 2013
- Gauge our ‘ability to handle’ the debt by considering it in relation to the size of the economy.
Grand Old Party Poopers
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
- The GOP’s contemporary message condenses down to the antithesis of Reagan’s: ‘It’s evening in America; the end is near.’
How to Reduce the Debt Burden for Future Generations
Thursday, January 3, 2013
- Our grandkids are destined to inherit double-digit trillions in federal debt from us. But that might not be much of a burden to them at all — if we start ...
The Tea Party and the Debt Ceiling vs. Economic Growth
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
- By focusing on the debt limit, Tea Partiers are wasting valuable time on the wrong issue. What matters most is the size of our economy. We should be focusing ...
The Left’s Flip-Flop on the Bush Tax Cuts
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
- Opponents of the Bush tax cuts have done a silent flip-flop on whether those cuts helped the middle class.
How to Fix the Debt Ceiling (A Bigger Threat Than the Fiscal Cliff)
Saturday, November 17, 2012
- A default by the U.S. government is more potentially damaging than the fiscal cliff — and more easily avoidable, if Congress modernizes the debt ceiling.
Understanding Romney’s Approach to Taxes: ‘Lower the Rates, Broaden the Base’
Friday, November 2, 2012
- Here’s a clarification of the concepts behind the Romney-Ryan proposal for tax reform.
It’s Past Time to Stop Blaming Bush
Thursday, October 18, 2012
- The Obama campaign blames today’s economic doldrums on past Bush policies. But this rhetoric doesn’t square with the record.
The Only Practical Way Out of Our Economic Doldrums
Monday, October 1, 2012
- Both campaigns have one thing in common: They have not made the connection between their proposed policies and the robust growth rates we need.
Missing in Action: Growth
Monday, September 17, 2012
- Neither party denies that our growing debt is rapidly taking us in the wrong direction, but neither party is giving the best remedy—economic growth ...
‘Top-Down’ vs. ‘Bottom-Up’
Sunday, September 2, 2012
- What does ‘top-down economics’ really mean?
The New ‘Buffett Rule’ Everyone Is Ignoring
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
- Taking our eyes off the overwhelmingly important goal of returning the economy to robust growth is a waste of valuable time.
The Essential Lesson of the Auto Bailout
Saturday, July 14, 2012
- What do companies get when they act responsibly? Government-subsidized competition.
Why Growth Is an Economic Grand Slam
Monday, July 9, 2012
- Four of the top issues the public says it cares about most—jobs, the budget deficit, Social Security, and Medicare—have something significant in common: Each ...
Is Government Really 'The Solution'?
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
- Additional government action is facing tough obstacles today. But is conservative 'propaganda' really to blame?
What Our Grandkids Actually Want
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
- The question is not ‘how will our grandkids pay back all the debt?’ Rather, it is ‘How can we grow the economy such that paying the interest will be at least ...
Austerity or Growth: A False Dilemma
Thursday, June 7, 2012
- Most austerity advocates want to exempt defense from spending cuts; most Keynesians want demand-stimulating investments. A defense-focused 'investment' budget ...
A Tax Increase without the Pain
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
- Here’s the best way to address the nation’s unfunded liabilities for Medicare and Social Security.
The Debt Ceiling Distortion
Friday, April 27, 2012
- Maybe it’s time to redefine the ‘debt ceiling’—to give it some teeth.
The Unfairness of the Buffett Tax
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
- A hike in the capital gains rate would be more a tax on the old than a tax on the rich.
What Does ‘Fiscal Responsibility’ Mean?
Thursday, March 29, 2012
- Everybody is for ‘fiscal responsibility’; nobody is against it. Shouldn’t that be a red flag? Isn’t that a hint that something might be amiss in this so-called ...
Peace—and Prosperity—through Strength
Thursday, March 1, 2012
- The 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries gave us statesmen who articulated and demonstrated the proper priorities for defense and its funding: preventing future wars ...