Economics

Your First Job: Real Costs of the Minimum Wage

Your First Job: Real Costs of the Minimum Wage

With midterm elections approaching, ideological battlegrounds are being staked out — and few carry greater promise of enticing voters than minimum wage policy.

Five Things I Noticed About America After Living Abroad

Five Things I Noticed About America After Living Abroad

Since I’ve been abroad so long, I’m looking at my homeland through the eyes of a foreigner. Here are five things that jumped out at me right away.

4 Reasons More Young People Should Consider Buying Starter Homes

4 Reasons More Young People Should Consider Buying Starter Homes

Your first house doesn't have to be your dream house. In fact, there are good reasons it shouldn't be.

You Can Trust The Polls in 2018, If You Read Them Carefully

You Can Trust The Polls in 2018, If You Read Them Carefully

On the morning of Nov. 8, 2016, many Americans went to bed confident that Hillary Clinton would be elected the nation’s first female president. Their confidence was driven, in no small part, by a pervasive message that Clinton was ahead in the polls and forecasts leading up to the election.

How One African Nation is Pulling Itself Out of Poverty

How One African Nation is Pulling Itself Out of Poverty

How did Botswana manage to get out of the poverty trap?

The New York Times Explains Why the Minimum Wage Should Be $0.00

The New York Times Explains Why the Minimum Wage Should Be $0.00

One of the greatest takedowns of the minimum wage you’ll ever find comes from an unlikely place.

How Public Pension Liabilities Are Becoming Public Threats

How Public Pension Liabilities Are Becoming Public Threats

Underfunded state pension plans are becoming a pressing problem for state governments.   Even a  wealthy state like Oregon is moving towards a crisis.  

Should College be Free?

Should College be Free?

Some students think that America should offer free college education, like Europe.  But comparing the two educational system is comparing apples and oranges.  The American system, for all its problems, is more open and flexible.  

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and the $3500 Suit

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and the $3500 Suit

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez's expensive suit and clothes don't contradict her Socialism.  On the contrary, they are perfectly consistent with historical Socialist practice.  

Survey Reveals Double Standard on Raising Taxes for Public Higher Ed

Survey Reveals Double Standard on Raising Taxes for Public Higher Ed

It's a whole different game when you're asked to open your wallet...

Five Lesser Known Financial Crises of the 20th Century

Five Lesser Known Financial Crises of the 20th Century

Between the 1930s and 2008, the world economy experienced five significant economic crises. Although not all impacted the United States directly, they had severe repercussions in the countries affected. 

Seven Ways Men Are No Longer the ‘Privileged’ Sex

Seven Ways Men Are No Longer the ‘Privileged’ Sex

Once the “privileged” sex with many advantages, the American male now seems to be fighting an uphill battle to maintain a fair and reasonable position in society.

‘Cosby’ Actor Reminds Us of the Dignity of Work

‘Cosby’ Actor Reminds Us of the Dignity of Work

After a decades-long career in film, theater, and education, actor Geoffrey Owens decided to take a part-time job as a cashier at Trader Joe’s.

Is the World Really Getting Richer?

Is the World Really Getting Richer?

The news of the day of the might give the impression that the world is getting worse every hour. But that may not be the case. 

Faith, Family, Government, & the Company Store

Faith, Family, Government, & the Company Store

Who profits from the dismantling of the black family in the United States? Somebody does. Who profits from the collapse of the white working class family? Somebody does.

The In-N-Out Burger Boycott Shows that Under Socialism, Those Who Don’t Obey Won’t Eat

The In-N-Out Burger Boycott Shows that Under Socialism, Those Who Don’t Obey Won’t Eat

What kind of twisted mindset demands obedience from others? A mindset that loves power.

Undermining the Independence of the Fed is a Terrible Idea

Undermining the Independence of the Fed is a Terrible Idea

In a recent Reuters interview, Trump outspokenly criticized Jerome Powell, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve System, for “raising interest rates.”

Google and Apple Are Recognizing the Façade of the Education System

Google and Apple Are Recognizing the Façade of the Education System

The question is, will the rest of America do the same?

7 Things I'd Do if I Wanted to Keep Poor People Poor

7 Things I'd Do if I Wanted to Keep Poor People Poor

If I wanted to keep poor people poor, there are several government policies I would favor. Let's count them down.

Why the Sudden Frenzy Against Plastic Straws?

Why the Sudden Frenzy Against Plastic Straws?

Plastic straws are now in the cross hairs of various levels of government. What leads to this American political culture of bans, restrictions and controls from above?

Ocasio-Cortez Mourns a Coffee House Driven out of Business by a Minimum Wage Law She Supported

Ocasio-Cortez Mourns a Coffee House Driven out of Business by a Minimum Wage Law She Supported

Like so many politicians, Ocasio-Cortez supports increasing the minimum wage without fully appreciating the impact it would have on business. 

Majority of Public Employees Don't Want to Be Forced to Pay Union Dues

Majority of Public Employees Don't Want to Be Forced to Pay Union Dues

The Supreme Court recently ruled that public-sector employee unions may not collect dues from non-members without their consent. This decision is popular even among union members.  

Is Democratic Socialism a Myth Like the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot?

Is Democratic Socialism a Myth Like the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot?

As with the Loch Ness Monster, there are many who have claimed to have seen democratic socialism and its wonderful benefits. However, like sightings of “Nessie,” on examination, the claims of democratic socialism unravel.

Amish Uber Shows that Entrepreneurship is Contagious

Amish Uber Shows that Entrepreneurship is Contagious

An Amish resident of Colon, Michigan, has started an "Uber" ridesharing service using his horse and buggy.   

5 of the Worst Economic Predictions in History

5 of the Worst Economic Predictions in History

History has shown that experts aren’t often much better than the average person when it comes to forecasting the future.

The Good Intentions Fallacy Is Driving Us Toward the Destructive Outcomes of Socialism

The Good Intentions Fallacy Is Driving Us Toward the Destructive Outcomes of Socialism

“Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.” - Milton Friedman

The Worst Emperor of Ancient Rome: Caligula

The Worst Emperor of Ancient Rome: Caligula

Of his own citizens, he famously declared, “I wish the Roman people had but a single neck” so he could hang them all at once.

A Brief History of Russia Meddling in Other People’s Elections

A Brief History of Russia Meddling in Other People’s Elections

Let’s look at patterns of Russian policy stretching back over three centuries.

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