So how is the economy doing? A good friend passed along for comment a recent project syndicate essay by Nobel Prize winning economist Joe Stiglitz. For an alternative view, I found interesting commentary on the CEA website, "The Impact of the Trump Labor market on historically disadvantaged Americans" and "The blue-collar boom reduces inequality"
To secure the rights that inhere in all persons, American constitutional government weaves together competing principles and promotes compromise among rival interests even as it presupposes a citizenry disposed to tolerate a variety of opinions.
Supporters of a federal public option contend that a government-run health plan will reduce federal deficits. These projected deficit savings are predicated on two major, but unrealistic, assumptions. First, public option proposals assume that the government will reimburse hospitals and providers at rates lower than paid by private insurers. Second, the proposals require plan premiums to fully cover plan costs.
In my last post, I commented on Joe Stiglitz view, heading to Davos, that billionaires and corporate leaders are anxious to pollute the air. In my wealth tax series I reported on the popular view on the Warren Sanders Saez Zucman view that corporate leaders and billionaires represent a regressive right wing political force, that must be stopped by any means including expropriation of their wealth, even if that means destroying the businesses that make them rich.
There was a time when print publications were the coin of the realm in presidential politics. Candidates dreamed of appearing on the covers of Time and Newsweek; campaign staffers did all but turn-down service for the likes of such legendary scribes as David Broder (aka, “the high priest of political journalism”) and the tandem of Rowland Evans and Robert Novak (jokingly referred to, in political circles, as “errors and no facts”).
Economist and author Daniel Klein of George Mason University talks about the ethics of working and the potential for our working lives to make the world a better place. This is a wide-ranging conversation that includes discussion of Adam Smith, what jobs we should work on, what charities we should donate to, how we can make ourselves more virtuous, the movies Se7en and Sabrina, and ultimately what Adam Smith calls "the becoming use of our own."
Marcus Winters, an associate professor in Boston University and Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new study by Winters that shows lasting test score gains for students at charter schools in Newark, N.J.
Living in a tent in Afghanistan means not having secrets. Such intimate conditions unveil what time of day you work out, your bathroom routine, how loud you snore, and many other unmentionable life details. I learned in such a tent that Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Bolyard stayed up late and loved his snooze button.
U.S. Marine Corps four-star Gen. and former Secretary of Defense James Mattis talked about American leadership in the world and discussed his history with the U.S. military on Tuesday at Utah State University.
Throughout a career that has taken her to the highest reaches of power, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice drew on the values of faith, family, and education that she learned as she was growing up in racially segregated Birmingham, Alabama, she told the audience during the closing keynote at PCMA Convening Leaders 2020 in San Francisco.
Experts are warning that the US should expect more cyberattacks by Iranian hackers in retaliation for the death of General Qasim Soleimani. Maybe they’re right. But let’s not kid ourselves: Iran would be launching lots of cyberattacks anyway.
The National Press Building sits bocks away from the White House and is home to The National Press Club. It’s a gathering place for reporters and journalists alike. Presidents, premiers, royalty, Congressmen, movie stars, sports heroes, and industrialists have visited there to reveal their views on politics. Its “stated mission” is to maintain a factual media source in Washington and around the world.
[Subscription Required] The brawl in President Obama’s second term over raising the top income-tax rate to 39.6% from 35% was centuries ago in political time. One way to tell is that even moderate Democratic 2020 presidential candidates have quietly proposed to raise the tax rate on labor by double digits and it’s received almost no attention. Unlike single-payer health care and wealth taxes, this tax increase could command majority support in a Democratic Congress on day one.
Taking a breather from blaming the country’s division solely on right-leaning Americans and railing against moderate female Republican senators who had issues with the Democratic impeachment managers, NBC political director Chuck Todd took time during Sunday’s Meet the Press to share his dread for what President Trump would say if the Senate acquitted him.
The American College of Physicians, the nation's second-largest doctors group, has endorsed "Medicare-for-all." The group, whose membership consists of 159,000 internists, claims the plan would bring a host of necessary changes to the American healthcare system.