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Stimulating the Economy

President Bush this week is slated to unveil his newest plan to stimulate the economy. Expect more tax cuts. Expect Republicans to support them and Democrats to object. Those are the politics of the situation, but what about reality? Join host Neal Conan and guests to discuss what a government can really do to fix a sluggish economy.

Don Gonyea
*NPR White House Correspondent at White House booth

Ev Ehrlich
*Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs in the first Clinton administration (1993-97)
*Senior Vice President & Director of Research for the Committee for Economic Development, a Washington-based economic policy think tank

Joel Slemrod
*Senior staff economist for tax policy on President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers (1984-85)
*Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan Business School
*Director of the Office of Tax Policy Research, also at U of M Business School
*Author of Taxing Ourselves (MIT Press, 2000 2nd edition)

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Neal Conan
Award winning journalist Neal Conan was the final host of Talk of the Nation, which broadcast its final show on June 27, 2013.
You're most likely to find NPR's Don Gonyea on the road, in some battleground state looking for voters to sit with him at the local lunch spot, the VFW or union hall, at a campaign rally, or at their kitchen tables to tell him what's on their minds. Through countless such conversations over the course of the year, he gets a ground-level view of American elections. Gonyea is NPR's National Political Correspondent, a position he has held since 2010. His reports can be heard on all NPR News programs and at NPR.org. To hear his sound-rich stories is akin to riding in the passenger seat of his rental car, traveling through Iowa or South Carolina or Michigan or wherever, right along with him.