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    The IMF Confirms That ‘Trickle-Down’ Economics Is, Indeed, a Joke

    “Trickle-down” economics began as a joke. Seriously.

    If there’s one person most often associated with the origins of of trickle-down economics, it’s President Ronald Reagan. Few people know, however, that the phrase was actually coined by American humorist Will Rogers, who mocked President Herbert Hoover’s Depression-era recovery efforts, saying that “money was all appropriated for the top in the hopes it would trickle down to the needy.”

    Rogers’ joke became economic dogma within two generations, thanks in large part to Reagan. At the center of Reagan’s economic doctrine was the idea that economic gains primarily benefiting the wealthy — investors, businesses, entrepreneurs, and the like — will “trickle-down” to poorer members of society, creating new opportunities for the economically disadvantaged to attain a better standard of living. Prosperity for the rich leads to prosperity for all, the logic goes, so let’s hurry up with those tax cuts already. The legacy of Reaganomics continues to shape modern debates over macroeconomic policy in the United States, from the Bush tax cuts of the mid-2000s to the deficit hawks waging war over the federal budget in Congress.

    Now, nearly 80 years later, Rogers’ quip is getting the punchline it deserves: A devastating new report from the International Monetary Fund has declared the idea of “trickle-down” economics to be as much a joke as he’d imagined.




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  • mmonk (2347 posts)
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    1. Yep. I warned my fellow students in my

    macroeconomics thesis in 1979 (about Kemp’s economic proposals).

  • ThouArtThat (6172 posts)
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    2. Well Duh – Better Late Than Never – Too Bad It Took So Long


    "In America Today, Power Corrupts and Money Corrupts Absolutely" - Anonymous  
  • disillusioned73 (557 posts)
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    3. I can't believe..

    that we still have to argue about “trickle-down economics”.. WTF!?!

    The corporate media will never have an honest conversation about this very issue..


    tweeted & FB posted.. important issue that needs more attention..

    "Certainly there are some people in the Democratic Party who want to maintain the status quo. They would rather go down with the Titanic so long as they have first-class seats." - Bernie Sanders
  • GZeusH (2498 posts)
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    4. And we are exeriencing another of Rogers' jokes

    “I don’t belong to an organized political party; I’m a Democrat.”

    Policy:  The mistaken notion that bossy people have that they can influence other people's behavior through majority rule.