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Dec 23, 2011

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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Federal borrowing virtually free now

Dec 23, 2011
Some economists advocate borrowing the money to pay for extending tax cuts and unemployment benefits.

What sets Ron Paul's economic philosophy apart?

Dec 23, 2011
Presidential hopeful Ron Paul has stood out from other candidates for his throwback economic philosophy. But would his ideas work now?

How will the payroll tax cut be paid for?

Dec 23, 2011
The payroll tax cut is expected to be extended for another two months. How will lawmakers come up with the billions it's going to cost?

Lessons learned from Washington's down-to-the-wire deadlines

Dec 23, 2011
What have Wall Street economists learned from watching Washington lawmakers duke it out over things like extending the payroll tax cuts?

How much are people in the mood to spend?

Dec 23, 2011
Consumer spending eeked up just 0.1 percent in November, despite stories of strong holiday sales. What does that mean about the health of our economy?

Why is there record pessimism in France?

Dec 23, 2011
A new poll finds the French are as pessimistic about the economy as any country has been since 1978.

Deep holiday discounts persist

Dec 23, 2011
Retailers are sweetening their offers in the final days before Christmas, which could hurt their bottom lines.

Is payroll tax extension a win for consumers?

Dec 23, 2011
The payroll tax cut extension amounts to an extra $1,000 in the average workers' pocket for 2012. What does it mean for the economy?

PODCAST: Who gets the big holiday tips, impact of the payroll tax cut extension

Dec 23, 2011
Congress has passed the payroll tax cut extension. We take a look at what the means for consumers. We have some numbers for you: Consumer spending grew just 0.1 percent in November, while orders for U.S. factory goods went up 3.8 percent. Plus, what is the most pessimistic country in the world? And find out which professions receive the biggest holiday tips.

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.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC