• Tony Barrett

    Tony Barrett

    Professor of Economics
    Northeast U.S.
    Ph.D., George Washington University

    Tony's Bio:
    A bio is always hard to write at my age (think grandfather). I have taught economics for 31 years, the last 21 at CSS. For four of those years I was the school's Athletic Director adding track and field and Nordic skiing, and laying ground work for football and women's hockey. I am married with two grown children. My daughter is working on her PhD in Chemistry as the Univ. of Chicago and she is the mother of my grandson, which is pretty cool. My son is a screen writer in LA. Eight of his scripts have been produced. He is also a licensed private investigator, which is odd.

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Debt and Harry Potter

Two exciting things are happening in my life.  First, the country is approaching its debt ceiling.  That means, after August 1, the government is not allowed to borrow money.  Since the government operates on borrowed money, approaching the debt ceiling means the government starts having to shut down.  Just like Minnesota did.

Like most economists, I expect Washington to get its act together and raise the ceiling.  But, if it doesn’t, it will certainly be interesting and it could have consequences lasting more than a decade.

For a macro economist (that’s me), the past five years have been really exciting.  I can say that because my bank didn’t fail, I have not defaulted on my mortgage, my life savings have not evaporated and I have not lost my job.  If someone fits in any of those categories, “exciting” is not the right word.  Assuming that the people reading this are 17-21 years old and assuming that a person is basically clueless about the world around them until they are 14 or older, your “normal” has been truly extraordinary, economically.

But the big excitement is that, in one hour, I will be going to see the final Harry Potter film.  It’s been a good summer for films and I am looking forward to this one.

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