Trickle-down economics

Trickle-up Economic Stimulus and Investment

The economic news has been contradictory in the last few weeks. Bad news started the cycle with real gross domestic product decreasing at an annual rate of 2.9 percent. Good news followed with solid job growth and the lowest unemployment in five years, 6.1 percent.

Regardless of whether the economic news is good or bad overall, many people think the economy is stuck in low gear. While people at the upper end of economic ladder have seen their incomes substantially increase, those in the lower- and middle-class have seen their incomes stagnate for the last several decades.

If we want robust economic growth for both the short- and long-term, then a bold plan is needed that combines stimulus with investment in physical and human capital. The right plan would lift everybody, especially those people who have not seen economic benefit for decades.

The country anxiously awaits leadership that will provide such a plan. Neither party has produced this.

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Trickle-down myth

Economist and Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz makes a compelling case against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement in this editorial.

At the end of the editorial, Stiglitz makes a statement that every politician and policy maker must know:

“Trickle-down economics is a myth.”

Stiglitz says he has repeatedly emphasized this point, but obviously many people have not received the message. So the next time anybody tries to justify policies by advocating trickle-down economics, tell them they are wrong and to base their policies on something that actually works.