Guest Post: The Fiscal Cliff And The Grand Bargain
November 28, 2012 - 1:24pm
Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog, The Grand Bargain is unraveling, and a new arrangement will take the place of the Status Quo--whether we like it or not. Correspondent Arnold suggested that I address the fiscal cliff, so here goes. The first step is to set aside ideological blinders and confirmation bias, i.e. only looking for data that supports our current beliefs. The second step is to look at the foundation of everything: household income.Household income is the foundation of taxes paid, consumption (spending) and savings/investment. If household income is declining, that means the pie of money that can be divided up into taxes paid, consumption and investment is shrinking. If taxes go up, there is less pie left for spending or investment. And since the economy ultimately depends on private-sector spending and investment, then reducing tho...
Continue reading this article »
Share This Article: