Category Archives: Fiscal Policy

WSJ-Biden Aims at Profit, Hits Workers

The 2017 corporate tax cuts triggered the blue-collar wage boom. Higher rates would reverse it. By Phil Gramm and Mike Solon April 6, 2021 6:18 pm ET The Biden administration has proposed an array of corporate tax increases with a goal of raising some $1.33 trillion over the next 10 years. That’s three...
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WSJ: The Risks of Too Much ‘Stimulus’

Disposable real per capita income rose 5.5% in 2020, the highest rate since 1984, due largely to transfer payments. By Phil Gramm and Mike Solon Feb. 2, 2021 6:17 pm ET Even among economists who strongly support President Biden, a consensus is growing that the economy emerged from last year set for a...
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WSJ: Voters’ Choice: Growth or Stagnation

Before the shutdown, the economy was booming. Credit Trump’s policies, not Obama and Biden’s. By Phil Gramm and Mike Solon July 8, 2020 1:10 pm ET The year began with a recovery that belied every negative cliché about the Trump tax cuts and regulatory reform. Tax cuts demagogued as giveaways to the rich...
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WSJ: The Plot to Politicize Banking

Liberal lawmakers and activists want banks to lend to favored groups and deny the ‘undesirables.’ By Phil Gramm and Michael Solon Jan. 14, 2020 6:59 pm ET To resist President Trump’s campaign of economic reform and deregulation, his critics usually attempt to portray long-overdue, common-sense policies as assaults on the poor....
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WSJ: How to Balance the Budget—Again

A GOP Congress and a Democratic president struck an unlikely deal in 1997. It succeeded. By Michael Solon Aug. 4, 2019 5:48 pm ET The budget deal between the president, the Democratic House and the Republican Senate eliminated the risk of debt default, government shutdown and a spending sequester for...
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WSJ: Who Pays for Student-Debt Forgiveness?

Taxpayers who didn’t go to college, didn’t take on debt, or paid it off already. By Michael Solon June 26, 2019 6:47 pm ET Democrats have begun a bidding war over student-debt forgiveness. Joe Biden proposes to expand it for public-school teachers. Elizabeth Warren wants to forgive 75% of all...
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WSJ- Has the Federal Reserve Lost Its Mojo?

The central bank has less control over market interest rates today than at any time in its history. By Phil Gramm and Thomas R. Saving June 17, 2019 7:17 p.m. ET When the Federal Open Market Committee’s meeting concluded last month, reporters focused on the federal-funds rate, announcing that it would...
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