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DISCRETIONARY: A specific choice, act, or decision, often designed to achieve a particular goal. The term is commonly used in economics in reference to government policies, such as discretionary fiscal policy or discretionary monetary policy. In both examples, government undertakes explicit actions through changes in government spending, taxes, the money supply, or interest rates to stabilize the business cycle. Discretionary is also frequently used to modify income, spending, expenditures, or comparable terms to capture choices made over the use of income. Discretionary income, for example, is the amount of after-tax household income that can be used for either consumption spending or saving.

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FALLACY: A logical error in an argument or evaluation of a policy. The six common fallacies that surface in economic analysis are: false cause, personal attack, division, composition, false authority, and mass appeal. These fallacies are most troublesome because, although false, they seem correct, especially when used by a slick-talking, charismatic person (politician) or when the fallacies support a preconceived notion or fundamental belief.

     See also | fallacy of composition | fallacy of division | fallacy of false authority | fallacy of false cause | fallacy of mass appeal | fallacy of personal attack | economic analysis | economic policies | normative economics | positive economics |


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COMMUNISM

In theory, an economy, or economic system, based on--(1) a classless society, where everyone does their best to contribute to the common good, (2) common, rather than individual, ownership of all resources, (3) the complete disappearance of government, and (4) income allocated based entirely on need rather than on resource ownership or contribution to production. In practice, communism is a type of command economy based on--(1) government ownership and control of most resources, goods, and other assets and (2) excruciatingly detailed central planning by government.

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