See these posts from our blog, A Management Consultant @ Large, for our perspective on the Political Economy and the issues confronting economic policy makers in the U.S.
- Timeline of Financial Bailout of 2008 presents a list of key dates associated with the near collapse of the world economy
- An Explanation of the Health Care Bill examines Title 1 of the Affordable Health Care Choices Act (Senate H.E.L.P. Committee version)
- Health Care Reform Takes Shape describes key provisions of HR 3200, the version of the Health Care bill being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives
- Businesses Going Shopping advises corporations to realign their assets, obligations and capabilities to position themselves for growth as the economy recovers.
- General Motors Surrenders reports on the rejection of the General Motors restructuring plan by the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry
- Paul Volcker's Harsh Economic Medicine reviews Volcker's stand against inflation in the early 1980's as Chairman of the US Federal Reserve
- Credit Default Swaps: Recent Stories from NPR provides further explanation of the role of credit default swaps (CDS) in destabilizing the world economy. The post links to stories from National Public Radio about CDS.
- Financial Crisis: Stepping Back from the Precipice comments on the latest U,S. Treasury plan to directly invest in U.S. banks. The article reviews commentary by economists on the blog of the Financial Times.
- A Review of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 discusses the intent of the major provisions of the bailout plan.
- Can the Banking System Hold Water? examines the September, 2008 liquidity crisis and the bailout proposed by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.
- The Bailout Explained by the CBO highlights details of the Paulson plan as explained by the Director of the Congressional Budget Office.
- The Case Against the Paulson Plan introduces a well-reasoned and informative letter about the liquidity crisis authored by University of Chicago economist Robert Shimer.
- How Does the Elephant in the Room Like Your Lapel Pin takes a serious look at the importance of the National Debt and how it has been ignored during the 2008 political debates. Long-term imbalances need to be addressed before they destroy the U.S. economy in the coming decade.
- No Time for Panic, (misnamed, with apologies) was a reminder in the midst of the credit crunch that many good things were happening in the world economy that would keep the U.S. economy out of free fall.
- Getting it Right on the U.S. Economy offered early encouragement to the U.S. Federal Reserve as it successfully postponed a credit crunch in the run up to the Bear Stearns collapse
- The U.S. Export Opportunity encouraged U.S. businesses to take advantage of the historically low value of the U.S. dollar to export more goods and services and asks policy makers to do more to facilitate that process
- What is the Outlook for Business Investment in 2008? , first published in mid-November, 2007, forecast the weakness in the U.S. economy heading into the 2007 Christmas season and warned about the impending credit crunch. It also pointed to sectors that could be expected to thrive in world markets.
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