Category Archives: Policy and Tax

Hector on Charlie

Charlie Rose does many good interviews. I liked this one with Hector Monsegur, a computer hacker from New York whom the FBI tracked down an turned informant. It begins about 31:30 on the slider (about 22:15 left in the episode). … Continue reading

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The Minimum Wage In Context(s)

Note: This post is not about whether there should or should not be a minimum wage or, if there should, whether the federal government should set one. This is a quick examination of some facts. The U.S. federal minimum wage … Continue reading

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Statistician, Heal Thyself – Beacon Economics

Statistician, Heal Thyself – Beacon Economics. Figured I’d try using one of those “share” links at the bottom of an article. So here it is. Chris Thornberg shows why he probably doesn’t have any friends, at least politically partisan ones. … Continue reading

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Update on the Bolivarian Revolution

Even without their Dear Leader, Venezuela continues the slide into poverty, chaos, political suppression, and violence.  And, of course, their inept rulers are blaming anyone but themselves. This time it’s a couple of academics. Venezuela is a major oil-exporting economy … Continue reading

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Disparate Healthcare Outcomes, Trust, and Cultural Folkways

Can regional disparity in U.S. healthcare outcomes and spending be traced to centuries’ old migration patterns? This intriguing article claims that “wasteful healthcare spending at the regional level is, in many cases, a symptom of underlying backwardness” and that this … Continue reading

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Oregon Is The New California

A really fascinating look at each U.S. state’s historical migration patterns. I think when most people think of of California’s golden days they think the 50s into the 70s. The California Dream included a growing middle class, tremendous public works … Continue reading

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Detroit Pensions: Stakeholders Segmented Edition

Long time, no post. A bit lazy and a bit busy I’ve been. The public debate about public pensions is politically charged. Outside of rare company it may be impractical to have an intelligent discussion. Detroit has been a particularly … Continue reading

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