Category Archives: Fiscal Policy

A Spender’s Memoir

Consumers know that it is psychologically easier to spend with plastic than it is with cash.  Cash seems more real, does it not?  Why is that?  I would say that the difference is the time factor.  With cash, the money … Continue reading

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Ice Bergs and Ice Cubes

The financial crisis in healthcare dwarfs all other federal budget problems.  It is an iceberg, and the ship of state is headed right for it.  The ACA does not do enough to rein in medical costs that continue to outpace … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam’s Protection Racket

George Will, that persistently pedantic pundit of politics, now chooses in today’s Joplin Globe (3/14/11) to peruse the constitutionality of mandatory health insurance, i.e., the Affordable healthCare Act, a.k.a., ObamaCare.  I enjoy watching George on television, but his writing, not … Continue reading

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Budget Geometry

As old Senator Everett Dirkson once famously and sarcastically said, “A billion here, a billion there, and first thing you know, you’re talking real money!” In these times of budgetary crisis, I wondered if there’s a better way for us … Continue reading

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An Economic Conversation

Having been inspired by my recent trip into the past in the time machine left to me by my distant ancestor, Dr. Wells, I recently resolved to test its functions for traveling into the Floyd’s house was a modest, well, … Continue reading

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Wisdom and Tough Love

Anson Burlingame’s latest post, “Intoxicated by Government”,  prompts me to reply with a post of my own, wherein I can access more writing tools than on just a comment. Anson addresses the age-old conundrum of the relationship between the government … Continue reading

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How Gratifying!

In today’s (11/27/10) Globe, Morton Kondracke likens the imminent entitlement-debt crisis to the Cold War and muses that to combat it President Obama will need to “scare the hell out of the American people”, like Harry Truman did in 1947.  … Continue reading

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