40 Economists Say The GOP Has Abandoned Economic Reality

This is serious and the delusional, dim-witted GOP in Congress think it’s a joke…all in the name of bringing the POTUS down.  They look more like idiots than statesmen.

Think Progress

survey of forty economists from across the ideological and partisan spectrum has concluded that on some of its most cherished issues, the Republican Party has simply taken leave of economic reality. For instance, economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers noted that one of the results from the survey — run by the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, which is hardly known for a left-wing slant — is an overwhelming agreement that the 2009 Recovery Act (i.e. the stimulus) brought down unemployment. But GOP leaders have spent years roundly denouncing the stimulus as a failure:

And while there was a bit more disagreement as to whether the benefits of the stimulus bill outweighed its costs, the bulk of the economists surveyed came down in the “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” camps. Other points from the survey’s respondents worth noting:

The nation needs new revenues. Contrary to nearly every Republican, the economists overwhelmingly agreed that the federal budget deficit cannot and should not be closed without increased tax revenue.

No gold standard. They roundly rejected the belief that a return to the gold standard would stabilize prices or lower unemployment. Enthusiasm for the gold standard made a significant comeback in Republican circles during the presidential primaries.

The “Laffer Curve” won’t help. Virtually all of them rejected the notion that cutting income tax rates would actually increase total tax revenue in future years.

Rethink the drug war. The respondents were also generally in favor of softer approaches to the nation’s drug problem.

While there were a few survey results that could be interpreted as hard on progressive causes as well, none struck at their heart in the same way as the positions taken on core Republican beliefs.

3 thoughts on “40 Economists Say The GOP Has Abandoned Economic Reality

  1. I was a fairly right-wing Republican when I became an Economics major in college. I quickly realized that what I thought I knew was completely wrong.

    It’s funny what happens when you actually study facts rather than just spout ideologies.


    1. WKEN, it takes a measure of intelligence to seek and absorb reality. I reckon you demonstrated that.

      Just sayin’… <<<chuckle


  2. I think it’s wonderful that 40 top economists have finally figured out what us po’ folks have known for the past ten years.


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