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Tax Gas

A gas tax would be the single most useful policy intervention to support a green economy. As articulated by Thomas Friedman: http://ow.ly/qevz

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Add a Small "Stock Sale Tax" to Encourage "Buy and Hold"

Speculation and wild market gyrations could be tamed with a very modest stock sale tax. NYTimes "best of 2008" idea. http://bit.ly/5fgYqr

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Tax Tall People

Researchers show tall people earn more than short people. This isn't fair. Tall people should therefore be taxed at a higher rate. A NYTimes "best idea 2007" idea. http://bit.ly/5tGWle

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To Be Happy, Earn $60k Per Year

Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman points out the people earning less than $60k per year are progressively more unhappy the less they earn, but folks over $60k are all basically at the same level of happiness. My Money Blog http://bit.ly/aT0TGc

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Measure GNP From Space

Researchers at Brown University use global night-light data from satellites to estimate levels and changes in GNP. SEED Magazine http://bit.ly/d7wk51

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Embrace Economic Protectionism

While the Smoot-Hawley Tarriff Act is criticized, economists show that during recessions or depressions, temporary protections can allow companies and workers to reinvent themselves. http://bit.ly/amyWxP

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Walk Away From Your Mortgage

Over 10 million homeowners are "underwater" - owing more on their mortgage than their houses are worth. Banks, corporations and hedge funds routinely walk away from underperforming assets (including real estate). Why shouldn't homeowners? http://bit.ly/5Q0JNf

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Eliminate Securitization

Does securitization really serve a useful social purpose? A skeptical Paul Krugman wants to know: http://bit.ly/ihOT8

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Adjust Tax Rates Annually In Response to Changing Inequality

If inequality in America changes in a given year (either increases or decreases), adjust the tax rates accordingly. NYTimes "best of 2008" idea. http://bit.ly/61XCMj

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Rethink the Global Monetary System

The current global monetary system is closely tied to the dollar. A more balanced system would be linked to a basket of currencies. Jeffrey Sachs in Scientific American http://bit.ly/ctu1my

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For Economic Insight, Track Men's Underwear Sales

Economists long ago concluded that men's underwear sales are an excellent indicator of the economic situation, and can accurately signal the end of recessions. MSN http://bit.ly/cN9ZQo

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To Help The Economy, Stop Giving Gifts

Holiday gift giving provides a boost to businesses, but also is highly inefficient economically. One studies labels it "an orgy of value destruction". We'd be better off buying gifts for ourselves. Boston.com: http://bit.ly/c3hkTr

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