In case you missed it, on the 4th of July CNN’s Fareed Zakaria (on his “GPS” show) hosted a debate between Paul Krugman and Niall Ferguson (video embedded above; link to video on CNN site is here).
But as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t think it has to be a “versus” situation. We can do both, and in fact, that would be the ideal combination of strategies to promote both a better outlook for the federal budget as well as a stronger longer-term economy. Last week I did a radio show on Minnesota Public Radio with UC Berkeley’s Alan Auerbach (you can listen here –the first few minutes are the most relevant), and both of us were singing that tune. And if you keep watching the CNN video until you get to Fareed’s own conclusion–following his careful consideration of Krugman’s and Ferguson’s different sides of the issue–you’ll notice he seems to feel the same way.