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Planet Money's Fake Presidential Candidate

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Published on Oct 18, 2012

We assembled five prominent economists from across the political spectrum. We gave them a simple task: Identify major economic policies they could all stand behind.
They did. They gave us five tax proposals — plus one change to the criminal code — based on good economics.

And in the process, they gave us an economic platform that would surely sink any candidate that supported it.

We decided to bring him to life anyway. Here you have him: A political candidate who could potentially fix the economy, but would never win an election.

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