Monthly Archives: March 2013

Derek Lowe, of the In the Pipeline pharmaceutical and drug discovery blog, has an insightful post on public funding of basic sciences, and how arguments that ROI warrants higher taxes on pharmaceutical companies overlook the vast amount in taxes generated …

Posted in Economics , Healthcare | Tagged , , , , , , |

My article in today’s Chronicle deals with the flawed reasoning behind Paul Krugman and Elizabeth Warren’s recent claims that increasing worker productivity in America should result in an identical increase in the minimum wage. In fact, in an article published …

Posted in Economics | Tagged , , , |

What do the state of Texas and the sovereign nations of Switzerland and Germany have in common? All of them are interest in repatriating gold reserves currently stored with the United States federal government. News of Germany’s repatriation efforts came …

Posted in Economics , Monetary Policy | Tagged , , , |

First of all, apologies for not posting in about a week. I have been (and will continue) dealing with some significant responsibilities in my personal life over the course of the next few weeks and months, so posting will be …

Posted in Economics | Tagged , , , |

…is not being talked about. Or so Oscar Wilde used to say. According to some reading I’ve been doing lately, however, that may not be entirely true. At least, not when it comes to the economic growth of small territories …

Posted in Economics | Tagged , , , , , , , |

My column for the Chronicle this week deals with Paul Krugman’s dual claim that Medicaid is “cheaper” than private insurance, and that expanding it is an obvious answer to our health care woes. In the column, I explain why Medicaid appears cheaper, …

Posted in |

I came across these videos while I was researching my column this week, which will deal with Paul Krugman’s complicated suggestion that Medicaid is simply “cheaper” than private insurance, and that expanding public insurance is an “obvious” solution to our …

Posted in Economics , Healthcare | Tagged , , , , |

Haaretz, Israel’s oldest newspaper, reports that Israel will institute a segregated busing system in order to separate Jews and Palestinians. The segregation is planned to go into effect tomorrow. Starting on Monday, certain buses running from the West Bank into …

Posted in | Tagged , , |

It’s always seemed to me to be almost a fact of nature that entities successful at a given thing flounder once they try to expand past that thing. I see this in empires, businesses (I think this is what will …

Posted in Economics , Healthcare | Tagged , , , |

Rep. Maxine Waters: Sequester Destroys More Jobs Than Currently Exist

This week, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters attempted to throw jet fuel on the sequester hysteria fire by claiming that the sequester cuts–which, as Zero Hedge aptly reports, has already been offset by a single day’s debt issuance–could result in the … Continue reading

Posted in Economics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment