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The deficit myth : modern monetary theory and the birth of the people's economy / Stephanie Kelton.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Highland Community Library.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Cambria County Library System. (Show)
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Highland Community Library 339.5 KEL (Text) 35610000970223 HGHM New Book Shelf Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781541736184
  • ISBN: 1541736184
  • Physical Description: vii, 325 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : PublicAffairs, Hatchette Book Group, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: Bumper sticker shock -- Don't think of a household -- Think of inflation -- The national debt (That isn't) -- Their red ink is our black ink -- "Winning" at trade -- You're entitled! -- The deficits that matter -- Building an economy for the people.
Summary, etc.:
"Any ambitious proposal - ranging from fixing crumbling infrastructure to Medicare for all or preventing the coming climate apocalypse - inevitably sparks questions: how can we afford it? How can we pay for it? Stephanie Kelton points out how misguided those questions really are by using the bold ideas of modern monetary theory (MMT), a fundamentally different approach to using our resources to maximize our potential as a society. We've been thinking about government spending in the wrong ways, Kelton argues, on both sides of the political aisle. Everything that both liberal/progressives and conservatives believe about deficits and the role of money and government spending in the economy is wrong, especially the fear that deficits will endanger long-term prosperity. Through illuminating insights about government debt, deficits, inflation, taxes, the financial system, and financial constraints on the federal budget, Kelton dramatically changes our understanding of how to best deal with important issues ranging from poverty and inequality to creating jobs and building infrastructure. Rather than asking the self-defeating question of how to pay for the crucial improvements our society needs, Kelton guides us to ask: which deficits actually matter? What is the best way to balance the risk of inflation against the benefits of a society that is more broadly prosperous, safer, cleaner, and secure? With its important new ways of understanding money, taxes, and the critical role of deficit spending, MMT busts myths that prevent us from taking action because we can't get beyond the question of how to pay for it"-- Provided by publisher.
We've been thinking about government spending in the wrong ways, Kelton argues, on both sides of the political aisle. Everything we believe about deficits and the role of money and government spending in the economy is wrong, especially the fear that deficits will endanger long-term prosperity. Kelton uses the bold ideas of modern monetary theory (MMT), a fundamentally different approach to using our resources to maximize our potential as a society. Rather than asking the self-defeating question of how to pay for the crucial improvements our society needs, Kelton guides us to ask: What is the best way to balance the risk of inflation against the benefits of a society that is more broadly prosperous, safer, cleaner, and secure? -- adapted from publisher info
Subject: Debts, Public > United States.
Budget deficits > United States.
Government spending policy > United States.
Fiscal policy > United States.

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