CATO’s Dan Mitchell has a new video out produced by The Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation on the relationship between governemnt spending and economic growth. Watch:


If all of those cites to ecnomic papers flashed by too quickly, don’t worry. You can find many of them in this paper written by Mitchell when he was with The Heritage Foundation:

The Impact of Government Spending on Economic Growth

Also check out current Heritage fellow Brian Riedl’s post on a similar topic:

Why Government Spending Does Not Stimulate Economic Growth

Riedl writes:

Government cannot create new purchasing power out of thin air. If Congress funds new spend­ing with taxes, it is simply redistributing existing income. If Congress instead borrows the money from domestic investors, those investors will have that much less to invest or to spend in the private economy. If Congress borrows the money from foreigners, the balance of payments will adjust by equally reducing net exports, leaving GDP unchanged. Every dollar Congress spends must first come from somewhere else.