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September 14th, 2012
Episode 514 of 964 episodes
Earlier this summer, we assembled five prominent economists from across the political spectrum and gave them a simple task: Identify major economic policies they could all stand behind.They agreed on a broad economic platform that would sink any political candidate that supported it. (Here's theshowwe did on their platform; here's ablog post.)Today, we talk to those economists again. This time, we hear a bunch of the ideas some of them liked but others shot down — including free heroin for addicts, a new tax on financial speculation, and $2 trillion in new, deficit spending on infrastructure projects.