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PERSONAL TAXES: The common term for the portion of personal income used to pay personal tax and nontax payments. Personal tax and nontax payments is the official item in the National Income and Product Accounts maintained by the Bureau of Economics Analysis measuring the personal income taxes paid to the government sector on personal income received by the household sector. Personal tax and nontax payments are subtracted from personal income (PI) to calculate disposable income (DI). Personal tax and nontax payments are about 15 percent of personal income and about 13 percent of gross domestic product.

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THE GENERAL THEORY: The common name for the book, The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, by John Maynard Keynes. This work laid the theoretical foundations for the modern study of macroeconomics and the specific analysis that has come to be known as Keynesian economics. Published in 1936 during the depths of the Great Depression, The General Theory provided both a theoretical explanation for the cause of the depression and recommendations for policies to correct the problems. It was THE textbook for the serious study of macroeconomics for almost four decades.

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INFLATION PROBLEMS

Two notable problems are associated with inflation--uncertainty and haphazard redistribution. Inflation, especially inflation that varies from month to month and year to year, makes long-term planning quite difficult. Prices, wages, taxes, interest rates, and other nominal values that enter into consumer, business, and government planning decisions can be significantly affected by inflation. Moreover, inflation tends to redistribute income and wealth in a haphazard manner--some people win and some people lose. This redistribution might not be that desired by society, failing to promote any of the basic economic goals of efficiency, equity, stability, growth, or full-employment.

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