Category Archives: Economics

The Congressional Retirement Plan™ Meets The TPP

Long before the cool kids were doing it, I described the de facto Congressional Retirement Plan™ (boldface added): …it’s not about the campaign contributions. If their reluctance to support a public option were based solely on the electoral calculus of … Continue reading

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Clearly, The Rothwell Paper Indicates That There Is A Genetic Basis For White Trump Support

And I mean that as seriously as when I argued that Massachusetts whites were genetically superior to Alabaman whites–which is to say, not all. But I’m getting ahead of myself. One of the more frustrating things of this election cycle … Continue reading

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People Have To Like This Crap: The Infrastructure Edition

Edward Luce is right (boldface mine): What is glaringly absent from her campaign is an economic message people can recall. It is a mystery Mrs Clinton does not stage a photo-op every week in front of crumbling infrastructure and vow … Continue reading

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A Higher Minimum Wage Saves Lives

By way of the Pump Handle, we come across two studies about public health and the minimum wage. Guess what? Not being poor is good for people (boldface mine): Published this month in the American Journal of Public Health, a … Continue reading

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2020 Or 2024 Is The Pivotal Election

This column by John Feffer about Poland gets at something I’ve been trying to clearly state (boldface mine):  Since its post-Communist transition, that country is often described as having cleaved into two parts, commonly known as “Poland A” and … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Mainstream Pundit Rediscovers The Difference Between The Positive And The Normative

Only the finest analysis from the Grey Lady (boldface mine): Here is an overarching theory of what we might have missed in the march toward a hyper-efficient global economy: Economic efficiency isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Efficiency sounds … Continue reading

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Austerity And Fascism

A while ago, I argued, in the context of Greece’s imploding economy, that a key economic policy benchmark should be not encouraging fascism: When you read about the political mess that Greece has became, the press for austerity–led by Germany–is … Continue reading

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