Obama to Announce New Stimulus Plans

by Marilou Moursund on September 7, 2010

in Fiscal Policy,Recommended Reading

The President plans to announce a proposal on Wednesday that would allow businesses to expense 100% of new equipment purchases through 2011.  The estimated cost of lost revenue is $200 billion: Joe Weisenthal at Business Insider calls it a “gigantic version of Cash-for-Clunkers” that will just pull demand forward.  I actually think that it will be more helpful than that, but it still won”t address hiring plans.

The Wall Street Journal”s op-ed today is a the Democrats have had with their economic policies.

“To put it another way, the real roots of Mr. Obama”s economic problems are intellectual and political. The Administration rejected marginal-rate tax cuts that worked in the 1960s and 1980s because they would have helped the rich, in favor of a Keynesian spending binge that has stimulated little except government. More broadly, Democrats purposely used the recession as a political opening to redistribute income, reverse the free-market reforms of the Reagan era, and put government at the commanding heights of economic decision-making.

Mr. Obama and the Democratic Congress have succeeded in doing all of this despite the growing opposition of the American people, who are now enduring the results. The only path back to robust growth and prosperity is to stop this agenda dead in its tracks, and then by stages to reverse it. These are the economic stakes in November.”

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