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|September 20, 2020||The Real Problem with Our National DebtIt’s important to explain how the debt does and does not matter.|
|February 16, 2020||The Economy Is Neither as Good nor Bad as Politicians ClaimEach of us view the economy through our own lens.|
|November 13, 2016||Three Quick Lessons About the ElectionElections matter, and future elections matter.|
|November 6, 2016||Macroeconomics in Crisis?Government spending and monetary policy have focused on the wrong things.|
|July 5, 2015||Same-Sex Marriage, Liberty and FamiliesThose who think the Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage is the problem have entirely misdiagnosed the deep challenges to families.|
|May 3, 2015||No Jobs for High School Grads Since 2009Job creation has occurred only for workers with an education beyond the high school diploma.|
|January 4, 2015||Oil Prices in 2015Petroleum prices are part of the costs of almost all goods and services.|
|November 23, 2014||Thank You, Professor GruberGruber is a well-regarded health economist who created a micro-simulation model used for health care policy.|
|November 2, 2014||Some Big Ideas for the ElectionThough a large swing is predicted to favor the GOP, it is clearly out of frustration with the current administration.|
|July 27, 2014||Truth and Consequences about InflationInflation is oft confused with simple fluctuations in supply and demand.|
|April 27, 2014||Some Truth of Men’s and Women’s WagesOccupation, education, job tenure and experience explain almost all wage differences; gender, almost none.|
|February 17, 2013||Let’s Try a $25 Minimum WageLabor markets are subject to the laws of supply and demand.|
|January 21, 2013||Leadership and the Government ShutdownThe transparency of a genuine budget debate will reveal just how unsustainable our spending has become.|
|March 5, 2012||Gasoline Prices and the ElectionLast week our president gave what was billed as an important speech about gas prices.|
|May 2, 2011||An Insider’s Guide to Tax IncreasesWe can raise tax revenues, but it means an end of special deals for friends of Congress and no more demonizing the rich.|
|February 1, 2010||Economic Stimulus StrugglingWe need to resist the siren song of more Federal stimulus that we cannot spend in time.|
|June 1, 2009||Chrysler Bankruptcy Plan has Unintended ConsequencesTo get this agreement in place, the administration busily demonized 'investors'.|
|February 2, 2009||Proposed Fiscal Stimulus Package has CostsThe package stimulates the economy by spending today what might otherwise be spent in the future.|
|January 19, 2009||New Leadership Brings Hope and ChallengeThe makings of greatness will be in how our new President deals with unexpected crises.|
Bank Failures Warn of Deeper Economic ProblemsDuring the Great Recession, a whopping 0.014 percent of banks were closed by the FDIC.
Remote Work Through the Eyes of Three 20-SomethingsRemote work is here to stay.
Remote Work and Labor MarketsThere are more remote workers today than there are immigrants in the U.S.
The Amish in IndianaIt is hard not to draw similarities between the Amish and newer immigrant groups.View archives