Monthly Archives: June 2012

Misery loves company

Ever heard of the “Misery Index?” It’s a metric first proposed in the 1960’s by economist Arthur Okun that combines the unemployment rate with the inflation rate, both of which are indeed miserable things.  Especially if they’re happening to you.  … Continue reading

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From the “This Would Never Happen” file

Here’s a little “what if?” thought experiment for you as we head into the election cycle with its endless coverage about Taxmageddon, green subsidy fails, the exploding deficit, and on and on. First a few facts: Corporate tax receipts to … Continue reading

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“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” — Inigo Montoya, from The Princess Bride

Just when Democrats are on the verge of proving that they’re the most economically illiterate creatures to walk the earth, the Republicans get all jealous and start yelling and jumping up and down until everyone who’s paying attention recognizes that … Continue reading

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Principles and Consequences

Let’s talk about something that doesn’t have anything to do with politics.  Let’s talk about principles. A principle is a rule to inform one’s behavior, particularly when the consequences of that behavior aren’t predictable or consistent.  However, when followed, individual … Continue reading

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