Economics

 Bernie's Example to America: Pull Yourself up by Your Bootstraps!

Bernie's Example to America: Pull Yourself up by Your Bootstraps!

This sounds suspiciously like the "bootstraps" argument which the left so often and so vehemently rejects. And it's pretty odd to hear it from Bernie Sanders.

Economies Do Better Under Democracy

Economies Do Better Under Democracy

Does democracy lead to higher economic growth? Or, is it economic growth that fosters the emergence of democratic regimes?

Easter Egg Hunts and Deluded Political Ideologies
Five Facts About Tax Day and Income Taxes

Five Facts About Tax Day and Income Taxes

Today is Tax Day, the day when individual income tax returns are due to the federal government.

Income Is Determined by the Scarcity of Your Contribution, Not the Value of Human Worth
Venezuela Should Shock and Teach this Generation

Venezuela Should Shock and Teach this Generation

It may sound like a dark chapter out of a history book, but Venezuela is happening right now, and millions are suffering.

One Simple Plan to Undermine Socialism

One Simple Plan to Undermine Socialism

Clear-thinking Americans fear a headlong plunge into the same ideological swamp that has ruined so many other economies and lament that there seems to be no way to stop it.

Is a Recession  around the Corner?

Is a Recession around the Corner?

The dismal track record of economists should warn us to be skeptical of anyone who yells “recession” at the first opportunity.  Still, there are enough red flags to be worried.  

Pet Owners Want To Be Masters, Not Servants - Which Is Why We Value Dogs More Than Cats

Pet Owners Want To Be Masters, Not Servants - Which Is Why We Value Dogs More Than Cats

Dog owners are willing to spend more on their pets than cat owners – including to save their lives. One reason suggested was that dog owners had stronger bonds to their pets, which prompted them to spend more on things like veterinary care.

Trump Has Four Options to Address Border Crisis

Trump Has Four Options to Address Border Crisis

Let’s face it, our southern border is a hot mess. At least the administration is trying to do something about it. The alternative is amnesty and open borders. 

The Startling Price Tag of Paid Family Leave

The Startling Price Tag of Paid Family Leave

It seems likely the FAMILY Act will cost substantially more than advocates claim...

Is Seattle Dying?

Is Seattle Dying?

A local news documentary about Seattle’s rampant homelessness and drug-abuse crisis has touched a nerve with the city’s residents.

How the Minimum Wage Affected Workers During (and After) the Great Recession

How the Minimum Wage Affected Workers During (and After) the Great Recession

We keep artificially inflating the price of labor—through increases in the minimum wage—and are shocked when it makes it harder or even impossible for low-skilled workers to find work.

Does Equal Pay Day Promote Myths About Women's Pay?

Does Equal Pay Day Promote Myths About Women's Pay?

Is Equal Pay Day based on misleading claims?

The Problem of Care in a Culture of Convenience

The Problem of Care in a Culture of Convenience

Caregiving is important. The mind-numbing, ordinary, unseen, everyday sacrifices have an impact far beyond what we see in the present.

A Government Guide to Keeping Insulin Unaffordable: 3 Easy Steps to Hogtie a Market

A Government Guide to Keeping Insulin Unaffordable: 3 Easy Steps to Hogtie a Market

Desperate patients pay up because they have nowhere else to go—and their distress is deliberate and designed.

San Antonio Violates Chick-Fil-A's First Amendment Rights

San Antonio Violates Chick-Fil-A's First Amendment Rights

The City of San Antonio cannot discriminate against Chick-Fil-A because it disapproves of the company's charitable giving.  Donations to a private group are protected by the First Amendment.  

America's Apartheid Is Not Black and White

America's Apartheid Is Not Black and White

Forget race: the real dividing line is class, with identity politics there to distract us into submission.

The Rosetta Stone's Hidden Lesson on Taxes and Special Interests

The Rosetta Stone's Hidden Lesson on Taxes and Special Interests

Tax season is a good time to remind us that the history of taxes tells the story of whole civilizations.

The Pitfalls of Ethnic Pay Gaps

The Pitfalls of Ethnic Pay Gaps

The publication of ethnic pay gaps and its inevitable misinterpretation will encourage resentment and misinformation.

Single-Payer Healthcare Topples Nordic Government

Single-Payer Healthcare Topples Nordic Government

Failure to reform the national health system has led the government to collapse in one of the most statist governments following the Nordic model.

Why We Don’t Have Generic Insulin

Why We Don’t Have Generic Insulin

“Why is Narcan free to a dope addict but my insulin is $750 a month?”

The Most Intolerant County in America (and the Most Tolerant City)
Why We Need a Socialist Dating Market

Why We Need a Socialist Dating Market

Dating apps like Tinder  have created a large, unregulated market for dating.  But here is where capitalism fails. Every man can join a dating app, few will ever get a date.  

‘Immediate Harm to Millions’: AFL-CIO Tears Apart Green New Deal

‘Immediate Harm to Millions’: AFL-CIO Tears Apart Green New Deal

The largest organization of labor unions in the U.S. slammed the Green New Deal for combating climate change by threatening the livelihoods of millions of Americans.

What Does the Government Buy on Its Year-End Spending Spree? Here’s What Made the List.
Venezuela's 3 Comrades in Economic Meltdowns

Venezuela's 3 Comrades in Economic Meltdowns

The last decade has witnessed very few collapses as steep as the one Venezuela is still immersed in, but there are some significant runners-up.

New Houses Are Getting Smaller — But They're Still Much Larger Than What Your Grandparents Had

New Houses Are Getting Smaller — But They're Still Much Larger Than What Your Grandparents Had

Would city planners and neighborhood groups welcome a developer who planned to build a neighborhood of 1950s retro housing?

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