On Friday, the Treasury Department published the final revenue and spending numbers for the federal government for Fiscal Year 2016, which ended on September 30. According to Treasury's report, spending increased significantly (by nearly five percent) over the previous year, to more than $3.8 trillion, while revenues remained essentially flat from the year before, at $3.25 trillion. That left a shortfall of approximately $600 billion, forcing the government to borrow 15 cents of every dollar it spent last year. And the two presidential candidates have remained disturbingly silent about the issue.

 

 

The economic growth rate during each of the last eight presidential administrations (beginning with Eisenhower's) was lowest during Obama’s term in office, January 2009 through October 2015, an era of multiple tax hikes and pervasive regulatory expansion.

Tax cuts work. It's economic ignornance about this fact that keeps them from being enacted.

Wolf Richter of Wolf Street is half right: AVs will displace millions. But he is wrong when he suggests they'll be out of work.

A planned trillion-dollar initiative would send more American companies and jobs overseas, and bring more Chinese investment, more foreign workers, and more refugees here.

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