“Revenue-Positive” Fiscal Stimulus
Give a too-big-to-fail financial institution $1 of taxpayer money, and what do they do with it?
As best I can tell, one of two things: 1) lend it back to the government for (risk-free) interest; or 2) borrow $10 more against it, then bet all $11 in the credit derivatives market.
Of course, that’s after paying themselves $3 in compensation.
(You’ll notice that there is no third choice, i.e., lend it out to creditworthy businesses and individuals.)
By contrast, give $1 in taxpayer subsidies to a prospective home Buyer, and what do they do?
Buy a home.
Then, often times . . . buy new carpet, furniture, and appliances; hire a painter; get new landscaping, etc.
Add up all the foregoing, and you get something like $6 in downstream spending for every $1 of housing subsidy. That’s what economists and accountant-types call a “revenue-positive” fiscal stimulus — and a whale of a multiplier effect.
No wonder Wall Street doesn’t understand it . . .