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By Ezra Klein  |  August 4, 2010; 11:47 AM ET
 
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Which states suffered the most (in terms of GDP) over the past three years?

Posted by: SimonCox | August 4, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse


I have two possible questions:

1. While GDP has been growing at a faster rate than the last two recoveries (see first chart http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/08/second-quarter-gdp-overview.html), how about in relative terms? Is GDP growing at a faster rate than the last two recoveries relative to the depth of the GDP loss during the recession?

2. Are there any comparable deleveraging recoveries, in the US or elsewhere, that could help forecast how long our stagnant growth will last? Is there anything even comparable, historically speaking, to how terribly indebted businesses and private citizens are today?

Posted by: bobsimmons | August 4, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

What's our best guess on where the Laffer curve bends for the US?

Posted by: YuriBertsch | August 4, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Ezra links to an article on presidents and prosperity (http://www.forbes.com/2004/07/20/cx_da_0720presidents.html). I've seen other similar articles, such as this one here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hale-stewart/proof-democrats-are-bette_b_113238.html.

What I'm wondering is, what happens when you account for things like unified party government versus divided government? Who does better?

Obviously, with the president's "bully pulpit," he gets to set a lot of the direction for the country. And while there are tons of mitigating factors involved, if we just did head-to-head comparisons, accounting for control of Congress, who fares best on a variety of economic indicators?

Posted by: aarhead | August 4, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

How does public spending on transportation infrastructure compare over the years since WWII, on a per capita and per vehicle-mile basis? Ideally this will include a breakout of new construction vs. maintenance.

Posted by: meander510 | August 4, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I'd love a report that shows some comparison to states with strong public unions and exploding pension costs and how liberal the state is considered.

--but i won't hold my breath for it.

Posted by: visionbrkr | August 4, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to see some graphics on where all US Gov't subsidies (tax breaks, incentives, direct funding) for energy go - dirty vs. clean.

Thanks,
-J

Posted by: jeirvine | August 4, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Now that the Washington Post has sold Newsweek, it has quantified the value of the “analysis” that Ezra and his Journolist buddies provide. Could you please post a bar chart that shows the relative value of the following items: Newsweek’s market value, A cup of coffee, a pair of used underwear, a cucumber, and a Justin Bieber download on iTunes? Thanks.

Posted by: cummije5 | August 4, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

While the question by cummije5 above is much more interesting that it might first appear, I have another question.

Back in the days when folks were pushing the PPACA, a Washington Post intern compared the health care systems of several European Union member States with American health care arrangements. What does a comparison of the same EU States look like? Are there any EU member States which have immigration statutes and policies less stringent than those of America? Do all of those EU member States grant citizenship to children of criminal aliens? Do any of those EU member States report economic effects of criminal entry?

Posted by: rmgregory | August 4, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

So, this may have been asked or answered at some point in the past, but what would the average income tax rate have to be in order to balance the projected (post-stimulus) budget if we eliminated all tax credits, deductions, and other breaks?

Posted by: cmharrison1983 | August 4, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to know the change in net worth of congressmen and senators per year of service.

It would be even better to have a database of this information by individual legislator.

Posted by: guy991 | August 5, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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