Professor Pundits: VICTORY…for Political Scientists

It’s all about the data. Wrapping up their year-long series of commentaries about the presidential election, Middlebury’s Professor Pundits Matt Dickinson and Bert Johnson note that scientific forecasting models really do work to predict election results. Hear what the pundits have to say in their final commentary on the 2012 election.

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  1. When President Obama had full control of both houses of Congress he did not want to raise taxes because “to raise taxes in the slow economy would be counter productive” or words to that effect. What has changed now that it is ok to raise taxes in a slow economy, other than trillions more have been borrowed and spent by the federal government ?

  2. To answer Mr. Bennett’s question:
    You use expansionary policy (lower taxes and/or increase government spending) during a recession to help keep the economy going. The United States is no longer in a recession, so to pay back those dollars borrowed, one raises revenues (higher taxesand/or lower spending). This is considered sound economic policy.

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