Tag Archives: Tax Policy

The Lucky Few

Some people have all the luck, like Michael Lewis – who should have had no luck at all, what with a useless undergraduate degree in Art History. Sure his degree, cum laude, was from Princeton, but what do experts in … Continue reading

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The Inevitable Conservative Oops

Now that’s odd – after all these years, the first Thanksgiving home alone. But the family has scattered over the years, across the country, and everyone, reconstituted in new families, is deciding just which family node at which location is … Continue reading

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Desperate Voodoo

Ah, another day, another data dump – the Congressional Budget Office released a new report on income inequality – and it shows, to no one’s surprise, that the rich are getting richer and the rest of us are just drifting … Continue reading

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Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?

Almost everyone finds politicians useless, but if pressed, would find it hard to say why. We elect these guys to keep things running reasonably smoothly, or at least to keep collapse and catastrophe at bay – and with the vague … Continue reading

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The Promise of Amazing Adventures in Macroeconomics

Yes, it’s been a long strange ride. Old married couples smile and say that to each other on their anniversary each year. Yes, looking back nothing turned out the way you expected it to turn out. And no doubt, years … Continue reading

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Stepping Outside the Tribal Circle

It’s generally accepted – and supported by information theory and cognitive psychology – that facts and evidence don’t generally affect people’s opinions much at all. We only pretend that we’re persuading the other side to change their mind on this … Continue reading

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The Difficulty in Reviving Righteous Wrath

There’s always something to commemorate – April is Jazz Appreciation Month after all – and National Pecan Month too. There are lists of these things. And it is the evening of April 14 here in Hollywood – the anniversary of … Continue reading

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