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Articles by Steve Conover

How to Prevent Another Debt Ceiling Crisis Monday, October 28, 2013
Replacing a debt limit with a debt-burden limit makes both economic and political sense for the GOP. It would help keep spending in check and promote economic ...
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 ...