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Goodman On Health Insurance

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Friday, January 24, 2020

John Goodman and Devon Herrick have a good essay on where we are with health insurance. The central impetus of Obamacare was not to insure more people.

The Evolution Of ‘Davos Man’ Into . . . Trump Fan!

quoting Niall Ferguson
Thursday, January 23, 2020

With everything from tax cuts to deregulation, the president has made himself indispensable to the world’s mega rich.

In the News

How Populism Makes Dealing With The Climate Crisis Really Hard

cited Bjorn Lomborgvia Treehugger
Thursday, January 23, 2020

From the USA to Australia to Brazil to Canadian provinces like Ontario and Alberta, so-called populists are denying climate change and rolling back measures to stop it. In France, there was been a revolt of gilets jaunes (the yellow vests every car in France has to carry for emergencies), originally outraged over an increase in gas taxes.

In the News

The Trump Economy, Three Years In: What The Numbers Say

quoting David R. Henderson, Kevin Hassettvia Yahoo Finance
Thursday, January 23, 2020

This week, Donald Trump has been president for three years. So with a three-year track record, how is the "Trump economy" doing? Did Trump dramatically change economic trends, or did he merely continue existing trends from the Obama administration?

In the News

India’s Economy Risks Swapping Stagnation For Stagflation

cited Raghuram Rajanvia The Economist
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Mumbai’s chefs were quick to spot the latest threat facing India’s economy. As they foraged for ingredients in Crawford market, where hawkers sell fruit, vegetables and other kitchen staples, they began hearing prices quoted not per kilogram, but per quarter-kilo—a forlorn attempt to mask price increases. 

Analysis and Commentary

Don’t Let The Smile Fool You. Kim And Too Many Others Are Not Champions Of Democracy

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Democracy is a test. You can’t just wing it and you can’t just skip it. It requires study and it is strongest when everyone participates on test day, which is every day. 

In the News

Central Banks Warm To Issuing Digital Currencies

quoting Darrell Duffievia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, January 23, 2020

[Subscription required] One in 10 central banks surveyed says it is likely to roll out digital currencies within three years.

In the News

Talented Immigrants Make The US Richer, Not Poorer

quoting Edward Paul Lazearvia Yahoo Finance
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Among advocates of immigration restriction, it’s almost an article of faith that newcomers from rich countries are more desirable than those from poor countries. In early 2018, President Donald Trump reportedly expressed a desire for more immigrants from Norway and fewer from countries such as Haiti, labeling the latter with an expletive. Writing in 1896, restrictionist Francis Walker made a similar argument, calling East European immigrants “beaten men from beaten races.”

In the News

How The Government Makes Nuclear Power Less Safe

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia Foundation for Economic Education
Thursday, January 23, 2020

If the Price-Anderson Act is allowed to expire, the nuclear industry might develop new safety systems.

FeaturedHealth Care

The Myth Of The ‘Moderate’ Public Option

by Lanhee J. Chen cited Tom Church, Daniel Heilvia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Biden and Buttigieg plans would bust federal budgets, hurt patient care and gut private insurers.