Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 23, 2011
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Some economists say the government should take advantage of record low interest rates and borrow the money to pay for extending tax cuts and unemployment benefits. You heard right: more government borrowing. Just how will the payroll tax extension be paid for? Plus, a new poll says France is the world's most pessimistic country when it comes to economic outlook. And we take a look at Ron Paul's economic philosophy.
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