Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thursday round up.

At his blog, historian Brian Domitrovic offers a great explanation of how floating currencies caused Japan's Lost Decade, and today threatens China.

Cato's Dan Mitchell responds to Ezra Klein's recent discussion of the Laffer Curve.

On The Kudlow Report, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank supports ending Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

David Frum's website interviews Art Laffer regarding tax increases for the rich.

Art Laffer disputes the President’s view that Social Security does not face a crisis.

In The WSJ, the Council on Foreign Relation's Benn Steil and Paul Swartz suggest current monetary tactics will force the Federal Reserve to float interest rates (full text here).

From the archive, Jude Wanniski advocates the Fed float interest rates in favor of a dollar price rule versus gold.

Robert Reich opposes Mitt Romney's supply-side proposals, saying low demand is the problem.

Swiss America Trading’s CEO explains why businesses and investors are sitting on their money.

Say what you will about Reich’s economics, he does have a good sense of humor:

At AEI's The American, Mark J. Perry explains why trade deficit statistics are unreliable.

At Cafe Hayek, Don Boudreaux rebuts The NYT's claim that a rising trade deficit is harmful.

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