Paul RyanWith the economy still sluggish and unemployment sky high, 2010 has been marked by fierce debates over the stimulus efforts, taxes, spending, jobless benefits and the deficit. Here's a look at five of the most influential participants in those debates :
1. Paul Ryan -- A Republican congressman from Wisconsin and a former economist, Ryan has provided an intellectual framework for the GOP's tax-cutting, small government agenda. And for better or worse, he's helped get the once-toxic idea of cutting Social Security back into the Washington discussion.
2. Mark Zandi -- Moodys' media-friendly chief economist isn't seen as an ideologue -- which may be why his enthusiastic endorsement of the tax cut deal between President Obama and the GOP carried such weight. He also provided important support (pdf) for the notion that jobless benefits are a particularly effective way to stimulate the economy.Read More »from The five most influential voices on the economy