Sunday, May 28, 2017

Economics

Mexican Journalistic Idiocy on the Drug War

Mexican journalists are protesting the recent drug-gang killing of Mexican award-winning journalist Javier Valdez, who spent his career investigating and reporting on drug cartels. The protesting journalists want the Mexican government to crack down...

How Paid Parental Leave Accidentally Promotes Inequality

In honor of Mother's Day, Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg called for a new public policy to limit economic opportunities and choices for women. Naturally, she did not phrase it quite like that. But among other...

The US Postal Service is Dying. Let it.

Like most monopolies, the US Postal Service isn’t interested in changing its business model. An enterprise hemorrhaging cash  in a free market would cut prices, improve service, look for new revenue streams, or simply close its doors....

Conservatives and Foreign Aid

Conservatives maintain that they believe in the Constitution, limited government, private property, individual liberty, and the free market. Their actions when it comes to foreign aid show that they believe in none of those...

California, Illinois, and New York Keep Losing People to Other States

It seems that many residents of the West Coast and the Northeast are leaving those regions behind. In March, for example, the Sacramento Bee reported that California "exports its poor to Texas...while wealthier people move...

The Connection Between Money-Supply Growth and Inflation

In the article “Rapid money supply growth does not cause inflation” written by Richard Vague at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, December 2, 2016, the author argues that empirical evidence shows that increases...

The Scandal Isn’t Post-Presidential Speaking Fees, It’s Political Pensions

As former US president Barack Obama’s second term drew toward its close last July, he exercised his veto power for the eleventh of 12 times, shutting down “The Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2016.”...

“Repeal and Replace Obamacare” Fiasco

As I watched the "Repeal and Replace Obamacare" fiasco, I wondered: what congressional district does Rube Goldberg represent?

The (mostly) good, bad, & ugly in Trump’s tax plan

Yesterday,  President Trump unveiled  a tax "reform" plan. Here is the (mostly) good, a few bad, and one ugly piece of the plan: The Good 1. Lowers taxes for millions of Americans; 2. Removes many Americans from...

Why Is Free Trade So Hard?

The Trump administration has recently announced a preliminary tariff on soft wood products imported from Canada. Shortly after his pronouncement, establishment media outlets quickly began churning out hit pieces on the policy. These outlets...