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November 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Vote: Addressing the ‘fiscal cliff’

Ezra Klein offers a clear-eyed view of the negotiations in D.C., calling it an austerity crisis rather than a fiscal cliff, and laying out how many of the “solutions” would be harmful for the economy.

A sensible approach to the austerity crisis would identify mismatched policies — unemployment insurance or disarming the sequestration cuts — that deliver maximum stimulus at minimal cost and then extend, or perhaps even expand, them. With the austerity crisis resolved, and the economy bolstered, we could move onto crafting a long-term budget plan that includes tax and entitlement reform. There’s no real reason that preventing an austerity crisis should be linked to reforming the tax code. There’s no reason at all that raising the debt ceiling should even be a question.

So how would you address the problem:

The fiscal cliff

Read on for the best links of the week and the haiku:

This Week’s Links:

  • Will we even need central bankers in a few more years? || Foreign Policy
  • Innovation: Let the good risk-takers get their rewards || The Guardian
  • Drive to unionize fast-food workers begins in New York || NY Times
  • If consumers are happy, why is business so miserable? || The Atlantic
  • Bank of America’s CEO apparently can’t remember anything || Matt Taibbi
  • In tech centers, talent gap threatens GOP campaigns || NY Times
  • Is Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet DOA on price? || Wired
  • Most face lower tax burden than in 1980 || NY Times
  • The cult of Amazon: How a bookseller invented the future of computing || Wired
  • The stunning cost of bad economic ideas || The Atlantic
  • The BP spill: What’s the monetary cost of environmental damage? || Conversable Economist
  • The Road to Serfdom: Good Hayek or bad Hayek? || Uneasy Money
  • Dropping the ball on financial regulation || Simon Johnson/Economix

    Today’s Econ Haiku:

    Boehner’s autumn tan

    Like leaves fallen from a tree

    Or golf with the rich

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