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Monday, July 25, 2011

"The Greatest Increase in Poverty and Hardship Produced by Any Law in Modern U.S. History"

Mathew Yglesias:

CBPP Analysis of John Boehner’s Plan: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities concludes that if enacted, John Boehner’s debt ceiling plan “could well produce the greatest increase in poverty and hardship produced by any law in modern U.S. history.”

That sounds to me like something that would create strong incentives to not be poor and, indeed, to fully incentive richness. Consequently, we’ll have massive economic growth. Right?

Think of all the old people who will be willing to do odd jobs, whatever, in order to pay for health care. No more free-riding from grandma and grandpa to slow the economy down.

The CBPP adds:

This may sound hyperbolic, but it is not. The mathematics are inexorable. ...

In short, the Boehner plan would force policymakers to choose among cutting the incomes and health benefits of ordinary retirees, repealing the guts of health reform and leaving an estimated 34 million more Americans uninsured, and savaging the safety net for the poor. It would do so even as it shielded all tax breaks, including the many lucrative tax breaks for the wealthiest and most powerful individuals and corporations.

As for the way the debt ceiling talks are going, what a disaster.

    Posted by on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 11:07 PM in Budget Deficit, Economics, Politics | Permalink  Comments (68)


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