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Restoring America's fiscal constitution

Author: John D Merrifield; Barry W Poulson
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, ©2017.
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This book proposes new fiscal rules to address the debt crisis, including a balanced budget amendment and a deficit-debt brake. It estimates the impact of the proposed rules on the economy over the next two decades.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)995273136
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John D Merrifield; Barry W Poulson
ISBN: 9781498553544 1498553540
OCLC Number: 1005119252
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Contents: Chapter 1; Theoretical Foundations of America's Fiscal Constitution; The Keynesian Revolution; The Monetarist Revolution; Public Choice Perspectives; Chapter 2; A New Era of Fiscal Rules; Expenditure Rules Emerge as the Anchor of a Sound Public Financial Management System; Modeling Debt Brakes in the Monopolist State; Debt Brakes Direct Democracy and Federalism3; The Swiss Debt Brake: The Gold Standard for Fiscal Rules; Direct Democracy, Federalism, and the Swiss Debt brake ; Conclusion; Notes; Chapter 3; Fiscal Rules in Euroland Revisited; A Progress Report on the Fiscal Compact Sweden's Debt Brake: A Qualified Success Story The German Debt Brake: Fiscal Rule Making from the Top; Conclusion; Notes; Chapter 4; Abandoning America's Fiscal Constitution; Trends in U.S. Fiscal Policy; American President's Commitment to a Balanced Budget ; Investing in Infrastructure; The Military Industrial Complex Revisited; The Birth of a Transfer Society; The Birth of a Bailout Society; Notes; Chapter 5; A Nation under Water; Deficits and Debt for as far as the Eye Can See; The Fatal Flaws in U.S. Fiscal Policy: Entitlement Programs; Fiscal Imbalance and the Fiscal Gap Closing the Fiscal GapIs U.S. Debt Sustainable?; Testing for Debt Sustainability ; In Search of a Fiscal Taylor Rule; An Alternative Fiscal Path; Conclusion; Notes; Chapter 6; Fiscal Rules in America; Reforming the Budget Process; The Debt Limit; Balanced Budget Rules; Expenditure Limits; The Article V Movement; Conclusion; Note; Chapter 7; New Fiscal Rules for America ; Fiscal Consolidation; Dynamic Simulation Analysis; Conclusion; Notes; Chapter 8; Our Fiscal Future; The Congressional Budget Office Long Term Forecast: A Critical Appraisal Dynamic Simulation Analysis with the Merrifield/Poulson (MP) Fiscal RuleDynamic Simulation Analysis with Higher Rates of Economic Growth; Dynamic Simulation Analysis with Major Headwinds: Slower Economic Growth, and Higher Interest Rates; Sensitivity Analysis ; Separating Myth from Reality in Discussion of the Debt Crisis; Alternative Fiscal Rules Come up Short; Conclusion; Notes; Chapter 9; A Roadmap to Restore America's Fiscal Constitution; Model Legislation; How the Balanced Budget Amendment and Merrifield/Poulson Rule Would Work ; Economic Considerations; Chapter 10 Reopening the Constitutional Road to a Balanced Budget AmendmentHistorical Background; Is a Balanced Budget Amendment Constitutional?; Article V; Article V Advocacy Groups; Opponents of Article V; Constitutional Considerations; Notes; About the Authors
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