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Posts Tagged ‘Economics’

The Federal Government Hurts the Environment and the Economy

Posted by Poorsummary on March 9, 2008

broke-sam.gif Surprising to hear a voice in Boston about how government meddling makes our lives worse, but props to Jeff Jacoby for this scathing article on how Big Brother screws things up. (Read Jacoby’s full article here.) First, consider ethanol subsidization:

The problem, laid out in two new studies in the journal Science, is that it takes a lot of land to grow biofuel feedstocks such as corn, and as forests or grasslands are cleared for crops, large amounts of CO2 are released. Diverting land in this fashion also eliminates “carbon sinks,” which absorb atmospheric CO2. Bottom line: The government’s ethanol mandate will generate a “carbon debt” that will take decades, maybe centuries, to pay off…

Now, consider the government’s role in bringing about the financial crisis of the era: the Subprime Mortgage problem:

The crisis has its roots in the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, a Carter-era law that purported to prevent “redlining” – denying mortgages to black borrowers – by pressuring banks to make home loans in “low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.”…But to earn high ratings, banks were forced to make increasingly risky loans to borrowers who wouldn’t qualify for a mortgage under normal standards of creditworthiness…The financial fallout has hurt investors around the world. And all of it thanks to the government, which was sure it understood the credit industry better than the free market did, and confidently created the conditions that made disaster unavoidable.

And now Clinton wants to get the government involved in improving baseball. Yet another one of Hillary’s pipe dreams the country can certainly do without.

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Cato on the Gold Standard

Posted by Poorsummary on February 20, 2008


50267026.jpgLawrence H. White, Professor of Economic History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis debunks several myths about the gold standard and concludes the following:

“A gold standard does not guarantee perfect steadiness in the growth of the money supply, but historical comparison shows that it has provided more moderate and steadier money growth in practice than the present-day alternative, politically empowering a central banking committee to determine growth in the stock of fiat money. From the perspective of limiting money growth appropriately, the gold standard is far from a crazy idea.”

Read more about the seemingly antiquated monetary regime that our constitution prescribes and politicians ignore here.

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