Imaginary Problems Call for Painful Solutions

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Democrats and Republicans have struck on a rare point of consensus; despite a 9% unemployment rate and anemic GDP growth, the potential threat of higher interest rates on US government bonds makes additional stimulus impossible. A survey of leading economic policymakers reveals some of the other hypothetical situations that prevent them from supporting more recovery measures.


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