Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Economics

Death Panels: Sarah Palin Was Right, Sort Of

In 2009, former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin raised the kind of ruckus she’s known for with her comment on the then-notional Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.” In a Facebook note, she...

Your Enemies Are Not Monsters: An Olive Branch Across the Divide

Certain highs given by alcohol, laughing gas, huffing paint and the like, give a sense of euphoria by depriving the brain of oxygen. You can get a similar high by climbing a mountain, where...

How the Postal Service Loses So Much Money

Lately, when he isn’t trying to blame China on America’s competitiveness woes, President Donald Trump has become obsessed with the online retailer Amazon. While there’s speculation that Trump is using the reins of government...

How the Feds Blocked Effective Flood Insurance

As the floodwaters brought by Hurricane Harvey last week recede and new hurricane Irma moves slowly toward the Eastern U.S., it might be edifying to review how millions of Americans, despite federal anti-flood efforts,...

Now Comes Boondoggle Don — Why Infrastructure Won't MAGA

America's economy is faltering not from too little infrastructure spending, but from too much debt----$67 trillion of total public and private debt, to be exact. So it appears that the bond vigilantes are returning from...

How Welfare States Make Us Less Civilized

Throughout history, the state has justified itself on the grounds that it is necessary to protect us from others whose habits and beliefs — we are meant to believe — are dangerous. For millennia,...

Iran Sanctions a Reminder of How America Militarized the Financial System

Only CNN was surprised by Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he was pulling the United States out of the Iran Deal negotiated by his predecessor. Following the same failed approach of the last Republican...

The Debt Ceiling and Magical Government Accounting

Last Friday, on September 8, President Trump signed into law a new 3-month suspension on the debt ceiling. On that same day, the US Treasury decided to celebrate the event by borrowing an additional...
e-verify, homeland security, customs, immigration

E-Verify Threatens Us All

In addition to funding for a border wall and other border security measures, immigration hardliners are sure to push to include mandatory E-Verify in any immigration legislation considered by Congress. E-Verify is a (currently)...
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