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Political Economics: The Economics behind Why the House Bailout Won't Work

Posted on: 30-Jan-2009

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You may have read that most economists think the House’s bailout plan won’t work. The reason is that both consumers and companies have lost confidence in their economic future, so they are hoarding cash. If you look at the bailout plan, only 18% is easily identifiable as direct, job creating stimulus. The rest assumes that the stimulus will trickle in through spending, tax cuts, or tax credits – all indirect. In essence 82% is pork barrel, which is a huge governmental friction coefficient.

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