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Post-November Economy; Disparate Fears

Post-November Economy Fiscal recklessness has its limit, and this will come home to roost. Having already borrowed and spent $3 trillion to revive the COVID-coma economy, Congressional Democrats want to spend another $2.2 trillion subsidizing states and cities, and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden plans to spend $2 trillion on electric cars and high-speed trains. A University of Chicago survey of leading economists indicates limited utility in such plans for employment. Instead, the larger risk is to inflation, debt servicing and real economic growth.  Disparate Fears A Chicago Council survey of American opinion reveals that Democrats consider COVID the largest risk whereas Republicans are 40 percent more likely to say th...

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