The virtues of an unbalanced budget amendment

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August 8, 2011
Independent Institute
by Alex Tabarrok  
Posted in Commentary

"Like now, an unbalance budget amendment (unBBA) would allow the government to run a deficit during a recession. But unlike now, the unbalanced budget amendment would require the government to run a budget surplus in good times. So although unBBA allows for deficit spending on things like unemployment and food stamps during a recession, it would have similar effects to a balanced budget amendment over time because surpluses in good times would be spent in bad times. The surpluses, however, would come when we can most afford them, during a boom and the deficits would come when we most need them, during a recession." (08/04/11)

http://independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=3134  

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