Opinion | Biden jobs plan can be paid for by fixing overvalued U.S. dollar

President Biden is showing that he’s serious about his pledge to “Build Back Better.” His new $2.3 trillion “American Jobs Plan” offers a blueprint for both investing in the nation’s infrastructure and rebuilding U.S. manufacturing. Now, it’s Congress’s turn to weigh in on the specifics of the president’s proposal—and how to pay for it. If…

CPA Conference Day 1: “It’s The Dollar, Stupid.”

We all remember the famous line by Bill Clinton’s campaign advisor James Carville: “It’s the economy, stupid,” he said about what mattered most to voters. The economy still matters, of course, but one of the major fundamentals of the economy is the dollar and it’s non-competitive with the rest of the world. It’s too strong.…

Modeling the Effect of the Market Access Charge on Exchange Rates, Interest Rates and the US Economy

This Working Paper examines the impact of the proposed Market Access Charge (MAC) on international capital inflows into the US economy and the domestic US economy. We build a model including the relationships between US capital flows, the dollar exchange rate, US trade, and the US domestic economy. Our conclusion is that a 5% MAC…

America’s Trade Deficits

Editors note: Ken Austin, a former treasury official, explains the intricacies of capital flows, exchange rates, and the trade deficit. Blame U.S. Policies – Starting With Tax Laws By Ken Austin For over 15 years, the United States has been locked in an escalating and seemingly endless trade war with political allies and adversaries. The…

Making America Competitive Again, The Bipartisan Baldwin-Hawley Bill

By John R. Hansen, CPA Advisory Board  Executive Summary America’s trade deficits, which are caused primarily by America’s overvalued dollar, are eroding the American Dream of sustainably growing and equitably shared prosperity for all. By making American goods too expensive to compete with foreign goods in domestic and export markets, the overvalued dollar kills jobs,…