With Trump out, will the United States finally bury Reaganism?


The first is the supposed systemic risk of inflation and the accompanying concern that public spending could easily overheat the economy.

rubbish. Inflation has not risen to its head in years, not even during the bustling labor market of 2018 and 2019. “Overheating” may not be a problem for high-tech globalized economies whose goods and services can be easily replaced.

Biden’s ambitious plans are worth the small risk, however. If you haven’t noticed, the US economy is becoming more uneven day by day. Bringing it to a boil might be the only way to raise your bottom half wage. The hope is that record low interest rates and massive public spending will generate enough demand that employers will need to raise wages to find the workers they need.

Few Democratic economists who should know better are sounding the alarm about inflation, but Biden is wisely ignoring them. So should the Democrats in Congress.

Another conservative bromide is that the larger national debt crowds out private investment and slows growth. This vision has hampered the Clinton and Obama administrations, as deficit hawks cautioned against public spending not accompanied by tax increases to pay for it. (I still have some old injuries from these hawks.)

Fortunately, Biden isn’t buying this either. […]

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A blast from the past

On this date in the Daily Kos in 2018The Environmental Protection Agency, researchers, and Congressman seek to protect truck makers from the ground up to control deadly pollution:

They call them “gliders”. They are large platforms built and sold without engines, transmissions and rear axles. They are then supplied with these items from rescue yards and wrecked trucks, and the engines are completely rebuilt to the core. Reconstructed engines, thanks to a loophole, are not required to meet emissions limits for diesel trucks because they were originally built before 2001. Engines that, according to the EPA, Tossed 43-55 times More emissions than other new large excavators.

About 4 percent of the US truck market currently consists of gliders – about 10,000 vehicles per year – in part as a result of an attempt to evade the diesel emissions base of NOx and PM that came into full force in 2010. Before this rule, emissions were estimated to Nitrogen oxides and particulate matter from large rigs prematurely kill 1,600 people a year due to attacks of cancer and asthma.

Since 2010, according to the Department of Transportation, sales of gliders It rose tenfold From 2010-2015. Using its authority under the Clean Air Act, the Obama administration sought an updated emissions base in 2015 to fill that gap by limiting the 300 number of glider sets sold each year.

But, in November, a month before the rule came into full effect, Scott Brute, chief of the EPA, chief of the EPA, who hated the EPA, relieved three glider makers on the grounds that the agency had no authority to limit From sales this way. A 60-day period opened for public comment on the possibility of the EPA canceling the annual cap on gliders. This comment period has now expired.

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