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Economic Issues

U.S. Economy Close to Stall Speed

The United States, Canada, Russia and Brazil are in the economic danger zone, all with annual rates of less than 2 percent growth...

Why Money and Jobs Are Coming to Texas

Between 2001 and 2011, while many other states were hemorrhaging jobs, Texas increased private-sector employment by 732,800, say John C. Goodman, president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, and Travis H. Brown, author of How Money Walks...

Middle Class Incomes Have Historically Risen

When properly measured, middle-class incomes rose by at least 30 percent between 1979 and 2007, and possibly by 40 percent or more -- not the 15 percent indicated by the U.S. Census Bureau...

Does the Unemployment Rate Mask Today's Job Market Hardship?

Since the end of 2007, the number of employed workers who work part-time but want full-time jobs has increased about 4.3 million, or more than 70 percent...

Temporary Jobs Becoming a Permanent Fixture

The number of temps has jumped more than 50 percent since the recession ended four years ago to nearly 2.7 million -- the most on government records dating to 1990...

Rethinking Which Accounts Qualify for Deposit Insurance

Uninsured brokered deposits reaffirm market discipline and increase stability, making banks rely on a stable deposit base to finance their lending activities...

Troubling Taper Talk from Central Banks

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's recent vague comments on tapering of quantitative easing sent U.S. and global markets into a panic, demonstrating the danger of premature monetary austerity...

A Proper Gold Standard-Free Market

We need to examine historical evidence if we want to come to an informed judgment about whether actual gold-based systems or actual fiat-based systems display the smaller set of flaws...

Regulation Slows Economic Growth

The average American household receives about $277,000 less annually than it would have gotten in the absence of six decades of accumulated regulations -- a median household income of $330,000 instead of $53,000...

How to Fix the Federal Housing Administration

The Federal Housing Administration needs at least a $50 billion to $100 billion capital infusion to put it on a sound financial footing...


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