Martin Feldstein

No, Romney Didn’t Win The Middle Class
November 29, 2012

Stuart Stevens says Mitt Romney won the middle class vote. He's wrong.

Who’s Middle Class And Who’s Not: A Retort to Romney and Obama
September 14, 2012

Romney's latest gaffe raises the question, "Who's middle class and who's not?"

How Democrats Can Make Common Cause with Occupy Wall Street
October 18, 2011

William Galston lays out a program for action.

Did I Invent Current Tax Law?
February 09, 2011

Since today there's another entry in what I expect will be a perpetual series of articles urging President Obama to make a bipartisan deal to cut the deficit, let me plug my (subscription only, so subscribe!) TRB column arguing that there's a better and easier way to handle the medium-term deficit: The deficit is a huge dilemma that’s too big for one party to solve, say the pundits and various deficit scolds. (Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles: “Neither party can fix this problem on its own, and both parties have a responsibility to do their part.) Nonsense, I say.

Rehabilitating Bush
February 04, 2010

Former George W. Bush economic advisor Keith Hennessey is tired of the Obama administration dragging its predecessor's name through the mud. So rather than simply imply or assert that President Obama's fiscal record is worse than George W. Bush's, like most conservatives do, Hennessey actually tries to make the argument that Obama's policies are more profligate than Bush's. I remember Bush's fiscal policies, and the political environment that surrounded them, pretty well.

Worth Reading
October 21, 2009

Macroblog compiles the evidence for a jobless recovery. The CBO on how and when its estimates are made public. Will banking reform dominate the first half of 2010? Look to India to see which global sectors are recovering. Martin Feldstein says companies don't have to worry about future higher taxes.

Military Spending as Fiscal Stimulus?
September 01, 2009

Martin Feldstein -- Harvard economist, McCain advisor, and member of Obama's Recovery Advisory Board -- wants more resources devoted to defense spending: The focus on domestic economic policies in the 1930s and the desire to remain militarily neutral delayed the major military buildup that eventually achieved the economic recovery. The administration’s current budget point to a one‐fifth reduction in the share of GDP devoted to defense over the next decade.

Stop Martin Feldstein Before He Opines Again
June 01, 2009

Martin Feldstein tends to give extremely bad advice when he wades into politics. Still, he retains enough academic prestige that hs pronouncements carry some weight, deserved or otherwise. Today, he comes out against the cap-and-trade legslation working its way through Congress: In my judgment, the proposed cap-and-trade system would be a costly policy that would penalize Americans with little effect on global warming. And what is the basis for Feldstein's judgment?

Stop Martin Feldstein Before He Opines Again
June 01, 2009

Martin Feldstein tends to give extremely bad advice when he wades into politics. Still, he retains enough academic prestige that hs pronouncements carry someweight, deserved or otherwise. Today, he comes out against the cap-and-trade legslation working its way through Congress: In my judgment, the proposed cap-and-trade system would be a costly policy that would penalize Americans with little effect on global warming. And what is the basis for Feldstein's judgment?

Free Larry Summers
April 01, 2009

On a typical day, Larry Summers, the top White House economic adviser, sits in his office overlooking the Rose Garden and receives a near-endless succession of aides working on a stunning variety of issues. In a single, several-hour bloc, Summers might have meetings on housing, the auto industry, health care, technology policy, and the financial crisis, all of which he’s exploring in subatomic detail.

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