Op-Ed/LTE

Why Budget Cuts Don't Bring Prosperity

— Sara Shahanaghi

 

This New York Times article by David Leonhardt explains why austerity is ineffective as a means of helping the economy recover by comparing the American and German recoveries. While the US did engage in deficit spending during the recession, this reasoning can be used to justify the need for continued public spending.

Op-Ed: Address Jobs Now and Deficits Later

— Sara Shahanaghi

 

Lawrence Mishel and David Walker of Politico wrote this op-ed on why deficit spending is logical during difficult economic times. The argument justifies the maintenance of vital government programs despite America’s growing debt.

Article: Why You Want Government Running Health, Education and defense

— Sara Shahanaghi

 

This article by David Morris of OnTheCommons.org supports the commonly made argument that privatization is not always the answer because certain services, such as health care, are more cost-effective and better managed by the government. It includes data, examples, and charts supporting this point.

Article: Alternatives to Austerity

— Sara Shahanaghi

 

Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz explains in his article for the Guardian why there are alternatives to austerity following the Great Recession that can help reduce inequality and help the economy recover, but that such measures are countered by special interests.

Article: Coherent, Comprehensive Plan Needed for Tax Code Spending

— Sara Shahanaghi

 

This article by Rob Brown and Cliff Ginn of Opportunity Maine, printed in the Sun Journal, looks at tax code spending and how it would benefit from a coherent strategy.

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