In the beginning of his term, George Bush was faced with national debt left by the former president, Ronald Reagan. Primary economic policy of George Bush was to curb the deficit which was essential to secure his position as world leader.
His immediate task was to convince both the political parties to come into a consensus on reduction of deficit. While the Republicans believed that curtailing of government spending was best way of reducing deficit, the Democrats wanted to adopt a strict revenue policy for the same. In lieu of democratic majority, George Bush enforced a stronger tax policy. His policy alienated him from the republican congressmen and also reduced his popularity among masses, which bore the burden.
At the end of the 101st Congress, congressional members reached a decision of adopting a marginal tax increase rate. This would also terminate exemptions for taxpayers belonging to the higher income group.
In following financial year, the United States of America was faced with mild recession that continued for a period of six months. Several government programs on welfare were initiated and successful. The president agreed to provide more benefits to unemployed workers, the margin of which continued to increase in subsequent phase. Reorganization of several industries led to the lay off of several employees who were now unemployed.
While serving his second year in the office of the president, George Bush hardly engaged in furtherance of his economic policies. The year 1992 witnessed low inflationary rates and interest rates although unemployment problem had aggravated and reached 7.8%, the highest recorded since 1984. According to reports of Census Bureau, 14.2% of citizens of America were under the poverty line.
[quote] The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems – the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behaviour and religion. [/quote]
Professor at Columbia University. Recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001 & the John Bates Clark Medal in 1979. Author of "Freefall: America, Free Markets", "The Sinking of the World Economy", "Globalisation and its Discontents" & "Making Globalisation Work".
Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. IMF’s Chief Economist from September 2003 to January 2007. Inaugural recipient of the Fischer Black Prize.
Professor of Economics & Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals. Founder & co-President of the Millennium Promise Alliance.