Fubarnomics: A Lighthearted, Serious Look at America's Economic Ills

Fubarnomics: A Lighthearted, Serious Look at America's Economic Ills

by Robert E. Wright


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Fubarnomics: A Lighthearted, Serious Look at America's Economic Ills by Robert E. Wright

FUBAR, an acronym stemming from World War II GI slang, means "fouled up (or some other "F" word) beyond all recognition." To the author, "fubarnomics" perfectly captures the sorry state of our economy today. In this witty, informative, and nonpartisan overview of contemporary economic ills, Wright takes a fresh approach to public policy by finding fault with both the government and the market, and with both Democrats and Republicans. The author convincingly shows that major economic trouble has almost always been the result of a hybrid failure, a combination of both bad policy making and marketplace deficiencies. He examines contemporary and historical examples of FUBAR across a wide spectrum, from mainstay social institutions such as higher education to cataclysmic national upheavals such as the Great Depression. In analyzing our most current crises, he offers unique insights into the recent crippling recession, including the subprime mortgage meltdown, as well as the looming healthcare crisis, and the perennial problem of social security.

Beyond identifying the major problem areas, the author also offers practical solutions. From creating combined life-healthcare insurance policies and divorcing healthcare from employers, to government education subsidies for students only, and using long-term bonds to pay for private insurance that mimics social security, his suggestions are provocative and creative, and may just solve some of the thorniest problems facing us today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616141912
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 08/24/2010
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Robert E. Wright (Sioux Falls, SD) is the Nef Family Chair of Political Economy at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. For many years he taught business, economic, and financial history at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is also a curator for the Museum of American Finance. He is the coauthor (with David Cowen) of Financial Founding Fathers: The Men who Made America Rich and One Nation under Debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the History of What We Owe. His articles have appeared in Barron’s, the Los Angles Times, Forbes.com, Moody’s Economy.com, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Reason, among others. He has been a guest on NPR, C-SPAN, The Lou Dobbs Show, the BBC, and Larry Kane: Voice of Reason.

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