Monthly Archives: April 2016

Prediction: The Next U.S. President will be the Third-Place Finisher from the General Election

There’s a scene in Anne Tyler’s The Accidental Tourist that may apply to the selection of the next American president. While on a tour of Independence Hall, the protagonist, Macon Leary, attempts to make the tour a little more engaging … Continue reading

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The Job Numbers Are Good. So Why Are People Complaining?

There is a fantastic website: http://tipstrategies.com/geography-of-jobs/. Go check it out. It’s a geography of jobs map put out by TIP Strategies of Austin, TX, which is a privately held economic development consulting firm. Their map shows a running 12 month … Continue reading

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Do “Religious Freedom” Laws Hurt Business and Cost Jobs?

There’s an interesting fight happening in Missouri. Usual allies are at odds over SJR 39, a proposed constitutional amendment that, according to proponents, protects those who oppose same-sex marriage from being forced to take part in any aspect of the … Continue reading

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Are We Misinterpreting the Populist Political Movement?

The popularity of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders this primary season has baffled many political players. They speculate that the electorate is sending a message, or that the country has gotten so polarized that only the candidates with extreme views … Continue reading

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A Baby Boomer Worries About Millennials

That may not be a surprise, but I don’t mean it in a, “Get off my lawn!” kind of way. I mean I’m worried for millennials. I’ve touched on this a couple times in earlier posts, but my thoughts coalesced … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s American Dream

In the piece “Vitamin Flop” which aired on April 13, The Daily Show highlighted a failed business venture of Donald Trump’s. The Trump Network was a company started in 2009 by Ideal Health. The anti-Trump National Review claims that Donald … Continue reading

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Uh-Oh!

The U.S. presidential primary season has certainly been unusual. For some of us, it’s been a nice change. I don’t mean that the slate of candidates is wonderful or it has been a pleasant experience to watch the news. I … Continue reading

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Strong Women – Different Interpretations

In a story on Morning Edition¬†about life-long democrats in Western Pennsylvania turning to Donald Trump, NPR’s David Greene spoke to Trump campaign volunteer Trisha Cunningham. She is drawn to the candidate because of his strong position against illegal immigration. She … Continue reading

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Why Trickle-Down Economics Won’t Work

I’ve gotten a little blog writing advice – stick to one topic per post. Good idea. Most of the following is from my last post, but it’s less cluttered here. In his economic working paper “Tax Cuts For Whom? Heterogeneous … Continue reading

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It’s Annoying When Your Friends Preempt Your Indignation

I have a friend who knows a lot of stuff. I’m generally a glass-half-full kind of guy, but every now and then I rail against some injustice or stupidity; it’s the stupid things that bother me the most. But sometimes, … Continue reading

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