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Josh Barro on the Debt Limit
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The Walter B. Wriston Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, Josh Barro, has an op-ed piece arguing against Republican efforts to link a debt limit increase to spending cuts. He writes: "The best course would be for Congress to avoid a cash shortfall by passing a clean debt limit increase — or simply abolishing the debt limit altogether."

The limit certainly hasn't done much to restrain government spending. On the other hand, without it, it's possible things could be even worse. The real limit on government debt relates to how much of it the bond market is willing to absorb, and at what interest rate. But the Federal Reserve's willingness to buy government bonds makes even that limit flexible, up to a point.

This is the same Mr. Barro who earlier called for "a significant tax increase."

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Josh Barro on the Debt Limit
futureofcapitalism.com

The Walter B. Wriston Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, Josh Barro, has an op-ed piece arguing against Republican efforts to link a debt limit increase to spending cuts. He writes: "The best course would be for Congress to avoid a cash shortfall by passing a clean debt limit increase — or simply abolishing the debt limit altogether."

The limit certainly hasn't done much to restrain government spending. On the other hand, without it, it's possible things could be even worse. The real limit on government debt relates to how much of it the bond market is willing to absorb, and at what interest rate. But the Federal Reserve's willingness to buy government bonds makes even that limit flexible, up to a point.

This is the same Mr. Barro who earlier called for "a significant tax increase."

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