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Why We Should Stop Obsessing about the Federal Budget Deficit

November 21, 2012

I wish President Obama and the Democrats would explain to the nation that the federal budget deficit isn?t the nation?s major economic problem and deficit reduction shouldn?t be our major goal. Our problem is lack of good jobs and sufficient growth, and our goal must be to revive both.

Deficit reduction leads us in the opposite direction?away from jobs and growth. The reason the ?fiscal cliff? is dangerous (and, yes, I know?it?s not really a ?cliff? but more like a hill) is because it?s too much deficit reduction, too quickly. It would suck too much demand out of the economy.

But more jobs and growth

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