Category Archives: Economics

How to Change the Truth about Immigration

I needed a break from some complicated volunteer treasurer work so I checked out the online news sites. Perhaps I need a better definition for the word “break.” Eventually I found myself at Fox News and clicked on a video … Continue reading

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Tax Policy Should be Good for the Country

The Trump Administration is considering cutting additional taxes almost exclusively for the wealthy by allowing stock market investors to add inflation to their purchase prices of stock. That hurts the country for two basic reasons. There is no economic advantage … Continue reading

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Tax Cuts for Whom?

That is the first part of the title of an economic working paper by Owen M. Zidar from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago published in 2015. Dr. Zidar looked at how job growth was effected … Continue reading

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Edna Ferber

The author Adriana Trigiani turned me on to the writer Edna Ferber. Not personally – we’ve never met – but in a short passage in her novel, All the Stars in the Heavens. I discovered the novel and ultimately Ms. … Continue reading

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Another Way to Look at NATO Countries’ Defense Spending

President Trump blasted NATO countries a few days ago for what he sees as spending too little on defense. In 2014 at the urging of the United States, the 27 NATO member states agreed to increase their defense spending to … Continue reading

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Feeling Un-American

For a U.S. citizen there are few words more emotionally charged than un-American. It has been used to demean political opponents and discredit those who question authority. It will no doubt be directed at me following this publication, but lately … Continue reading

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Dark Times Coming for Charities

Two proposals in the Republican tax plan could greatly reduce charitable giving in the United States: Double the standard deduction Potentially eliminate the deduction for state and local taxes This table shows the importance of the state and local tax … Continue reading

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The Grand Old Death Party

Yesterday morning I awoke to news that the latest Affordable Care Act repeal attempt had been tweaked to give more money to Alaska and Maine in an attempt to get the votes of Senators Murkowski and Collins. Secondly, I saw … Continue reading

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Matthew 18:21-35 through the Filter of Three Books

Summary of the Bible Passage: A rich guy owned a number of slaves. Slave #1 owed the rich guy the equivalent of about $16 million in silver but didn’t have it to pay back. The rich guy decided to recoup … Continue reading

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Why Don’t Republicans Seem to Care About Opinion Polls?

As of June 28, the American public’s opinion of the GOP Senators’ health care plans is starkly negative. In three separate polls, only 12-17% approve of the plan and 53-58% disapprove or think the ACA should be left alone or … Continue reading

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