Government Spending

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  • ISBN-13: 9780737763232
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,419,640
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 11

Introduction 14

Chapter 1 Is Current Government Spending Wasteful?

Chapter Preface 18

1 Government Employees Are Overcompensated Andrew G. Biggs Jason Richwine 20

2 Government Spending Is Not Wasted on the Federal Workforce John Gravois 31

3 The New Health Care Law Worsens Inefficiencies in Spending Christopher J. Conover 45

4 Repealing the New Health Care Law Would Increase Wasteful Spending Jonathan Cohn 54

5 Education vs. Incarceration Steven Hawkins 59

6 Spending on Education Should Be Reduced Neal McCluskey 65

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 69

Chapter 2 Should Government Spending Allow Deficits and Debt?

Chapter Preface 71

1 The United States Should Adopt a Balanced Budget Amendment Steven G. Calabresi 73

2 The United States Should Not Adopt a Balanced Budget Amendment Rich Lowry 81

3 The United States Has a Deficit Problem That Threatens Its Future Richard A. Posner 85

4 The United States Needs to Address Two Distinct Budget Deficits Henry J. Aaron 92

5 The Large Debt Ratio in the United States Needs to Be Reduced Nicola Moore 96

6 A Large Debt Ratio Is Not Necessarily a Problem Robert J. Shiller 103

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 108

Chapter 3 How Do Government Spending Policies Affect the Economy?

Chapter Preface 110

1 Increased Stimulus Spending Can Help End the Recession Lawrence H. Summers 112

2 Increased Stimulus Spending Will Not End the Recession Brian Riedl 119

3 Government Spending Does Not Kill Jobs Alan S. Blinder 127

4 Government Spending Kills Jobs John Hayward 132

5 The Bush Tax Cuts Have Had a Disastrous Fiscal Impact Michael Linden Michael Ettlinger 137

6 The Bush Tax Cuts Were Good for Economic Growth Andrew Foy Brenton Stransky 142

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 147

Chapter 4 How Must Government Spending Change to Meet Future Challenges?

Chapter Preface 149

1 The Early Retirement Age for Receiving Social Security Should Be Raised Andrew G. Biggs 151

2 The Retirement Age for Receiving Social Security Does Not Need to Be Raised David Rosnick 162

3 Government Spending on Clean Energy Should Be Increased Christian Parenti 169

4 Government Investment in Clean Energy Will Harm the Economy Ronald Bailey 180

5 Defense Spending Should Be Cut Thomas R. Eddlem 186

6 Defense Spending Should Not Be Cut Gary Schmitt Tom Donnelly 196

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 208

For Further Discussion 209

Organizations to Contact 211

Bibliography of Books 218

Index 222

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