Economic Intelligence

February 2012


Obama, Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich Fall Short on Tax 'Reform'

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Antony Davies is an affiliated senior scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and an associate professor of economics at Duquesne University.

The candidates' economic policies are a hodgepodge of window dressing, shell games, and irrelevant tweaks. And this includes the president,

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economy
Santorum, Rick
Romney, Mitt
Gingrich, Newt
Paul, Ron
2012 presidential election

Is America Looking for the Right Qualities in a President?

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Sydney Finkelstein is a Professor of Strategy and Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

Every four years America engages in a long drawn-out process to select a candidate for president from the two major parties. We have a system of primaries and caucuses designed to vet ...

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economy
2012 presidential election
Romney, Mitt
Reagan, Ronald
Obama, Barack
Clinton, Bill
Bush, George W.
politics

Obama Budget Based on Optimistic, But Not Fanciful, Assumptions

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Since she was first invoked to describe the first Reagan budget, Rosy Scenario has been a long-running character in the country's annual budget drama. Over the years, presidents have often been accused of adopting overly optimistic economic assumptions to paint their budgets in the best light ...

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politics
Congressional Budget Office
federal budget
deficit and national debt
Obama, Barack
economy

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich Don’t Get the Social Safety Net

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Chad Stone is chief economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Programs that provide assistance to people who are struggling to get by—the social safety net programs that any decent society provides—are under attack. Far from the claims of critics, however, programs like the ...

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2012 presidential election
politics
poverty
Obama administration
Romney, Mitt
Gingrich, Newt
economy