Category Archives: Fiscal Policy

Skinning Cats

Yesterday I commented on a post by Anson Burlingame on the subject of education in America.  The gist of my opinion on what’s wrong with it was that our system fails to engage parents well and, more importantly, fails to … Continue reading

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American Dream, Dismal Science

Economics is sometimes called “The Dismal Science”, and for good reason.  One president, Harry S Truman, kept getting evasive and contradictory advice from an economist who kept offering alternatives with his advice.  After almost every assertion the professor would then … Continue reading

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Social Justice – a Memoir

I am currently reading “Wolf, The Lives of Jack London” by James L. Haley, the latest and likely the best of London’s biographies.  Besides being the story of a famous author it has much to say about the social economics … Continue reading

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What Were They Drinking?

I recently mentioned to an acquaintance that I had begun blogging in various subjects, including politics.  His instant response was to ask, “Are you conservative or liberal?”  It seems that in his mind that context needed to be established as … Continue reading

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What’s In A Word?

This appeared in the June 15 edition of USA Today: STATE DEPT. SAYS IT NEEDS OWN COMBAT FORCE IN IRAQ – the Associated Press WASHINGTON — “The State Department says its diplomatic staff will not be safe after the American … Continue reading

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SURPRISE !

A mere 5 centuries ago, which is one-quarter of one percent of the time we humans have been around as a species, humanity was just emerging from the Dark Ages.  That was a time of incredible ignorance, superstition, disease and … Continue reading

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Symptoms

As the campaign rhetoric begins to flow toward this fall’s elections I offer a small anecdotal observation to support the idea that whatever the government subsidizes results in more of the same. My wife and I often revisit the same … Continue reading

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Private Pay Shrinks As Gov’t Payouts Rise

As the stock market plunges, the Gulf oil seeps, Korea steams and the E.U. recriminates, comes the above timely headline from this article in USA Today.  It has a distinctly Grecian ring to it.  The ratio is historic.  One economist calls … Continue reading

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Living In Debt – A Song of Immorality

The whole world is floundering in debt.  Greece barely has its nostrils above water and the U.S. markets plunged 4% in one day because of worries that the rest of Europe may follow.  Meanwhile, large numbers of Americans are underwater … Continue reading

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LOOK MOM, I SHRUNK THE GOVERNMENT!

Welcome to Gadfly Economics.  (Warning – I am not a real economist.) Having wandered through the blogosphere now for a little over a month I now believe I have identified our basic economic problem.  Government, mainly federal, spends too much.  … Continue reading

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