Things I don't know, or don't know for sure, that I'd like to know:
1. I've seen estimates of how much state budget contraction has hurt the economy. Those seem to be based on direct effects. What about indirect effects? There sure are a lot of teachers, cops, firefighters, and prison guards who must have been very worried about their jobs over the last year and therefore didn't spend a lot of money; do we know what that does to the economy?
2. Reporters say: stock prices rose (or fell) today on news of [whatever]: how much of that is total nonsense that's just stuck in there because reporting convention is to ascribe causes to things? 25%? 50%? More?
3. I'm not sure whether this is for economists or reporters on public policy and the economy...I vaguely remember stuff about the ratings agencies being in play during the fight over Dodd/Frank, but I have no memory at all of what eventually happened. Are there provisions of Dodd/Frank being implemented now that affect Moody's and the rest of them? Blunt question: do they have an incentive to blackmail the US?