Jobs, the Rich, and Other Economic Myths

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Hey, waddayaknow. My print piece for the magazine this month, Five Six Myths About the Economy,” is now up on the website. That’s handy timing, what with Occupy Wall Street in full swing, isn’t it? It’s not quite as magisterial as Ezra Klein’s take on Obama’s economic policy this weekend (which I highly recommend), but it makes up for that with several lovely charts.

The chart below illustrates Myth #3, Lower taxes are the best way to grow the economy. I’m all in favor of low taxes if we can afford them, but in the moderate range that we set tax rates in the United States, their effect on economic growth and productivity is practically nothing. All the hot air in the world from our Republican friends just can’t change that basic fact.

Anyway, there are more myths where that came from. Just click the link to bone up on what you need to know before you visit the relatives this Thanksgiving.

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