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Sunday, July 3, 2011

WSJ: The GOP Myth of 'Job-Killing' Spending

Alan Blinder, former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve, writing in the Wall Street Journal:
...for example, the large fiscal stimulus enacted in 2009 was not "paid for." Yet it has been claimed that it created essentially no jobs. Really? With spending under the Recovery Act exceeding $600 billion (and tax cuts exceeding $200 billion), that would be quite a trick. How in the world could all that spending, accompanied by tax cuts, fail to raise employment? In fact, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates, the stimulus's effect on employment in 2010 was at least 1.3 million net new jobs, and perhaps as many as 3.3 million.

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