‘Economy’ Archive

Reno vs. Sirico: A Debate on Economic Justice November 22, 2017 No Comments

I rarely link to videos, much less watch them myself.  But this one I actually did.  It contains a debate between two scholars on economic justice, both of them, interestingly enough, identified as ‘conservative’.  They are Rusty Reno, editor of First Things magazine, and Robert Sirico, ordained priest and head of the social justice think tank […]

An Addendum to the Manifesto: My Youth as a Deficit Hawk – Howard Ahmanson October 17, 2016 No Comments

It occurred to me that during the first period in my life that I was a conservative, which was in my youth, I was motivated mainly by deficit hawkery.  I was ten in the year that Nixon ran against Kennedy, and I read somewhere in the paper that Nixon and the Republicans favored sound money, […]

The Working Class Might be Shooting Itself in the Foot by Being Anti-Free Trade March 21, 2016 1 Comment

One of the explanations of the rise of Donald Trump is the concern by his working class followers about free trade, as well as immigration.  After thinking of just how and where their standard of living is declining, I wonder if they’d be only shooting themselves in the foot if high tariff walls were enacted! […]

Why Republicans Are Not Always Reliable Defenders of Economic Liberty November 10, 2014 No Comments

As an activist against ‘redevelopment,’ I often wondered why Republicans, who posture themselves as the party of  ‘small government’ or ‘limited government,’ were so hard to convince to repeal redevelopment.  Josh Barro, a clever columnist for the New York Times, explains that it’s not just real estate issues like redevelopment.  Uber, the taxi alternative, has […]

June Gloom All Year Round March 24, 2014 No Comments

Joel Kotkin has got a post up, partially entitled, “Coastal Cities are Old News – It’s the Sunbelt that’s Booming.”  In it, he declares, “people seem to, once again, be streaming toward the expanse of warm-weather states extending from the southeastern seaboard to Phoenix.” Now wait a minute.  When the term ‘Sunbelt’ was coined, by […]

After a Century, Why is the San Francisco Bay Area Kicking our Butt Now? February 2, 2014 No Comments

I was young in the early Sixties, when the cultural rivalry between Los Angeles and San Francisco was strong and active. Jack Smith, for Los Angeles, and Herb Caen, for San Francisco, used to feud regularly in their newspaper columns and entertain the public with the North-South rivalry. Los Angeles, since about the time of […]

Why I Won’t Support Unz’s Minimum Wage Initiative – And What I Will Support January 24, 2014 No Comments

Some important people on the Right, starting with the maverick Ron Unz but apparently including such as Phyllis Schlafly and Bill O’Reilly, have come out in favor of a higher minimum wage, such as $12 per hour. The argument against that, which I cannot dismiss, is that it prices a lot of marginally employable people […]

Why The Dream Declined April 7, 2013 No Comments

The best single post on the decline of affordable housing that I have seen on one of my favorite sites, newgeography.com, is this by Roger Selbert.  He most succinctly explains the reasons why the American dream of subsidized home ownership [discussed in Eric Abrahamson’s new book, Building Home] imploded in the 1970s despite the fact that the […]

Marc Andreessen: For Most of Us, It Will Get Worse October 29, 2012 No Comments

Jesus said, “The master replied,`I say to you that everyone who has will be given more, but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away”.”  [Luke 19:26, Common English Version] Jesus was, given His other sayings, not talking about the economic world He desired, but on the one hand of […]

Washington D.C.: The Center of the Universe: And Who to blame? April 7, 2012 3 Comments

Joel Kotkin on Newgeography.com writes about the nearly recession-proof nature of Washington, D. C. and its metro area.  It is a city of government and the mandarin classes, and they never go out of style.  But it seems to me that even during Republican administrations – the age of Reagan and Bush Senior, and that of […]

Agriculture in the ‘burbs and exurbs’ February 11, 2012 No Comments

Looks like the plummeting housing market has given a new lease of life to agriculture in the ‘burbs and exurbs.’ Related: “U.S. Farmers Reclaim Land From Developers,” by Robbie Whelan at The Wall Street Journal

We’re The Trustfunders! February 10, 2012 No Comments

Actually, Forbes is as prejudiced as Occupy.  You can’t generalize about us one percenters.  Some have indeed provided excellent products and services, or done good philanthropic work.  Some have made money without doing much really productive for society, like hedgefunders.  And 10% of the 1% didn’t do anything at all, and are just trying to […]

Obama’s Dilemma, High Speed Rail, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and Other Miscellaneous Observations February 1, 2012 No Comments

Joel Kotkin, director of one of our favorite sites, Newgeography.com, has exposed how Obama has alienated people on all sides, even though he will probably win the election.  I notice, now that I think about it, that while the Occupy Movement has not spent a lot of time denouncing Obama, they have not greeted him […]

A $300 Idea That is Priceless May 13, 2011 No Comments

$300 for the house, and, here in California, $1,999,700 for the land it occupies. There’s the real problem. Related: “A $300 idea that is priceless”  by The Economist  

Once Again, the Laffer Curve Curves May 9, 2011 No Comments

Michael Barone, whom I usually respect, confuses, like most Republicans, the issue about tax rates. Yes, when Kennedy cut the top rate from 90% to 70%, federal revenues did actually go up. And when Reagan cut the top rate to 38.9%, federal revenues actually did go up. But the effect of cutting tax rates doesn’t […]

2011 is not 1995 April 16, 2011 No Comments

I confess that I was hoping that 2011 would be 1995.  After all, we had just climbed out of a serious recession in the earlier part of that decade – dwarfed by the more recent one of course, but big at the time – and we had the configuration of Democratic President and Republican Congress. […]

Back to the Nineties November 4, 2010 1 Comment

The current election results are making us remember 1994, when also, under a Democratic President, and with health care issues in the air, the Republicans won control of the U S House of Representatives.  I’m concerned with social issues, and what I remember is that Republicans did not fight to the death to oppose Clinton’s […]

Four Deformations of the Apocalypse October 4, 2010 1 Comment

David Stockman understands the difference between what they used to call fiscal conservatism and what they now call fiscal conservatism. Given the modern definition, I’m a “fiscal moderate.” Related: “Four Deformations of the Apocalypse” by David Stockman at NYTimes.com

New World Order June 26, 2010 2 Comments

A sample of the new pessimism that transcends typical categories of right and left. Is Chinese fascism our future? In Response To: “New World Order” by Patrick J. Deneen at Front Porch Republic

Girls Beat Boys: And Some Reasons Why Everyone Has to Have a Job Now June 1, 2010 No Comments

A lot of the gap between genders can be blamed on the fact that technology has made a lot of jobs physically easier and mentally harder.  Women are still on the average physically weaker, so now a lot more jobs are those in which women can potentially compete with men in a way they could […]

An Even Better Butts Solution May 27, 2010 3 Comments

I have long been an advocate that smokers should carry a little bag, like dog walkers, to clean up after themselves.  But I saw an even better idea on a comment thread recently.  That, like with bottles and cans, a recycling fee could be imposed and for every filter returned to a recycling center, whoever […]