Home » Opinion » Editorials
Cliff dwelling: The economy and the sequester
As The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, the decline in Gross Domestic Product "reflects worries about the so-called fiscal cliff. The economy reversed from a 3.1% pace of growth in the third quarter largely because federal government spending fell by 15% and private business, likely fearing slack in demand, let inventories dwindle."
If a reduction in federal spending helped cause a contraction, why don't we just spend more? Because we don't have the money, and because some spending is beneficial, some harmful. Spending on necessary constitutional functions that enable the private economy to operate smoothly (such as national defense) is a positive. Transferring money from productive uses to unproductive ones, or from politically unfavored groups to politically favored ones, is a net negative,
So are tax hikes. Yet the Senate and the White House insist that unless the Republicans agree to even more tax increases than the ones we got this month, they will let the sequester happen. What completely irresponsible brinksmanship.
Once again, Obama and Senate Democrats are holding the economy at ransom, and the ransom they demand is a huge tax increase. It ought to be obvious by now that their primary concern is to raise government revenue, not create jobs. We are getting the economy that results from such priorities.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Supervised visitation: The metal detector problem - 1
- Charter cap trap: A restriction to repeal - 0
- Taken for a ride: Hooksett’s Pinkerton deal - 4
- Bedford’s road bond: A good deal for a big fix - 1
- Legislative ethics: NH way works better than most - 0
- Blue shame: Obamacare's big change - 19
- Obamacare's new trick: Only temporary relief - 21
- Banning cell phones: Impulse shopping in the House - 10
- Bad Joe: Levasseur stalls again - 2
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Excess school money may target crowded classes in Manchester - 0
- Nashua board members apologize for signingCommon Core letter - 0
- Sen. Shaheen participates in all-night climate change ‘talkathon’ - 0
- Ian Clark's On Hockey: Monarchs' Derek Forbort in the right place at the right time - 0
- Educators, advocates speak to new standards for use of force - 0
- Two Manchester health clinics working on merger plan - 0
- Manchester CrimeWatch: City woman connected to fatal crash in court again - 0
- Franklin’s newest police recruit, a German shepherd pup, can smell trouble - 0
- VFW still eyeing old Crown Hill fire station in Nashua for new home - 0
Allenstown rejects town and school budgets
Crowley elected in Northfield
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Shaheen among speakers at Senate Dems' climate change 'talkathon'