美国前财政部长拉里?萨默斯Larry Summers称，美国政府应当马上向美国经济注入500亿美元到750亿美元的财政刺激，以抵消日益增加的全面衰退风险。萨默斯曾在比尔?克林顿Bill Clinton任总统期间担任财长。
Washington should inject a $50bn-$75bn fiscal stimulus into the US economy in the very near future to offset the mounting risks of a full-blown recession, according to Larry Summers, Treasury secretary during the presidency of Bill Clinton.
Mr Summers warned that without timely counter-cyclical fiscal action, the average US family could lose up to $5,000 in income, the country could suffer hundreds of thousands more home foreclosures and national debt could significantly increase - "even in a mild recession".
一些共和党议员认为，扩大布什George W. Bush的减税政策是一个有效的财政补救方法，对此，萨默斯予以了驳斥。他表示：“财政刺激至关重要，但如果没有及时性、针对性和临时性，就可能有相反的效果。”
He dismissed suggestions by Republican lawmakers that an extension of George W. Bush’s tax cuts would provide an effective fiscal remedy. "Fiscal stimulus is critical but could be counterproductive if it is not timely, targeted and temporary," he said.
Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft and the world’s richest man, gave warning yesterday that restrictions on the number of skilled workers allowed to enter the US put the country’s competitiveness at risk.
此番言论是科技行业对美国限制性移民政策的最新抨击。美国科技行业正面临熟练工人短缺的问题，而目前科技业对这些人技能的需求不断上升。盖茨在美国参议院卫生、教育、劳工及退休金委员会Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labour and Pensions发表演讲时表示，美国移民政策的严格程度有所上升--部分原因是出于对恐怖主义的担忧，这"恰好在我们最有需要时，把全球最优秀、最聪明的人赶走了"。
The comments marked the latest attack on restrictive US immigration policies by the technology industry, which is facing a shortage of skilled workers even as demand for their skills is increasing. Speaking before the Senate committee on health, education, labour and pensions, Mr Gates said that tighter US immigration policies - governed partly by concerns over terrorism - were "driving away the world’s best and brightest precisely when we need them most".
"It makes no sense to tell well-trained, highly skilled inpiduals, many of whom are educated at our top colleges and universities, that the United States does not welcome or value them," Mr Gates said. "America will find it infinitely more difficult to maintain its technological leadership if it shuts out the very people who are most able to help us compete."
Mr Gates said that other countries were taking advantage of restrictive US policies by catering to highly skilled workers who would otherwise choose to study, live and work in the US.
"Our lost opportunities are their gains," he said. "I personally witness the ill effects of these policies on an almost daily basis at Microsoft."
Mr Gates’s comments on immigration were part of a broader warning by the Microsoft chairman over the state of US competitiveness.
Mr Gates said he felt "deep anxiety" about America’s ability to remain competitive if it did not act quickly to improve education, invest in basic science research, and reform its immigration policies.
Mr Gates called on Congress to loosen rules that prevent many foreign students from settling once their studies at US universities are complete. He also suggested that Congress speed the process of obtaining permanent resident status for highly skilled workers.
The US currently limits visas for skilled foreign workers to 65,000 a year, while the number of green cards, required for permanent resident status is limited to 140,000 a year.