Blogging isn’t just for weirdos living in their parent’s basements so they can share their various tin foil hat theories.
It is actually one of the most important communication devices today for sharing ideas and information without being subject to the constraints of advertisers or Big Brother. With that being said, the Kauffman Economic Outlook: A Quarterly Survey of Top Economics Bloggers includes the opinions of many different movers and shakers in economics.
Some of the highlights:
- 33% anticipate U.S. poverty to increase in the next three years
- 77% support approving the Keystone XL pipeline
- 67% say states should be able to set their own minimum wage
- 63% believe the government is too involved in the economy
- 32% say the U.S. economy is doing worse than government statistics show
- 59% say the U.S. economy is doing the same as the government says
- 69% see employment getting better over the next 3 years
- 55% see interest rates increasing in the next 3 years
- Only 7% see interest rates decreasing in the next 3 years
- 40% blame both political parties equally for the current gridlock
- 28% blame the Republicans for not compromising
- 5% blame the Democrats for not compromising
- 53% think the U.S. economy needs higher inflation
Interesting and considering the widely ranging backgrounds, it might actually be somewhat believable. Quite a few of those surveyed are bloggers I read for what that is worth…
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Behind the Rhetoric
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Little hint: you can see them every time you look in the mirror…
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