we haven't really gotten past my point in "Keynes vs Keynes". You seem fixated on historical detail from Keynes. I am using the word "Keynes" to represent what modern macroeconomics took away from Keynes. I don't actually care much about his personal failings in the stock market or some of his other failings (eg whether or not he advocated printing money, which I agree, is a very weak monetary tool). I care about what is useful in the modern world.
Modern macro focuses on Keynesian fiscal policy: variation in taxes or expenditures to soften oscillations in the economy. Not printing money. There is a widespread recognition by economists of a policy trap associated with annually balanced budgets. Canada had a government that attempted to do this in the great depression actually, and fell into the trap (cutting expenditures + raising taxes in a recession in a vain attempt to balance the budget, resulting in further deficits + negative economic impact due to high taxes + low industrial stimulus). Similarly low taxes + high stimulus in a boom causes a bubble. When I refer to Keynes, I refer to the recognition that cyclical balanced budgets vs annually balanced budgets are better for the economy. Structural deficits (like you have had for a while in the USA and we may now have in Canada) are bad for everyone!
Keynesian policy (as I describe it above) can be executed purely on the basis of time variable tax rate, but the only problem with that is lag: it can be faster to push through stimulus than for tax changes to influence the economy... though I'm sure there is a way to modernize that! Taxation is in some sense fairer as it is not industry specific (as stimulation often is)... though in some sense there may be instances where industry specific or regional specific stimulation is helpful... that is debatable of course!
For you, all of this is moot: if one has the objective of diminishingly low taxes and services (ie virtually zero: the libertarian utopia), the power of any government fiscal policy is greatly reduced. Everyone is on their own, Darwin is at work, and fair enough... but that is an ideological debate, not an economic one...
I in no way wish for a "benevolent dictator"! my only "idealistic wish" is that the populace was well enough educated to understand the impacts of policy decisions... so much of it is just a popularity contest (like choosing a class prez in high school!)...
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- Re: So why don't you tell us, Reality, Fri, 6 May 2011 10:46:21
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- Re: You didn't answer the questions, Reality, Fri, 6 May 2011 11:43:04
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- Re: Blue, Black, Grey, White, Orange, Pink, Red,, James, Fri, 6 May 2011 18:11:52
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- Re: So why don't you tell us...Been there done that an, Joeychess, Fri, 6 May 2011 10:22:45
- That's fiscally responsible and also well stated yet, Joeychess, Fri, 6 May 2011 08:19:33
- Re: Important to see the big picture...Well said n/m, Joeychess, Fri, 6 May 2011 06:22:03
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- Re: Keynesianism is Macro Econ, duh!, kkelley, Thu, 5 May 2011 20:37:44
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