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Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity

Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity With minimum use of jargon, the authors aim to provide concise and organized insight into economics. Targeting both beginners and experienced executives, they teach basic principles and also provide perspective on the influence of political rules and policies on people and nations. Employing the popular convention of “lists,” the authors offer “Ten Key Elements of Economic Theory” (including there is no such thing as a free lunch; hence, we must choose among alternatives since productive resources are limited while human desire for goods and services is virtually ...

The Red Herring of Health Care Freeloaders

In 1986, a law was passed that mandated Medicare-accepting hospitals treat all patients who arrive on their doorsteps, regardless of the ability to pay. Since then, the so-called “freeloader” problem has plagued the American health system. The individual mandate then gained traction as a way to encourage personal responsibility – forcing so-called freeloaders to pay into the health care system they utilize, especially emergency room care. First popularized by the GOP and The Heritage Foundation two decades ago, the individual mandate became a major part of Obamacare. It is critical to Obamacare remaining intact. But how much do “free-load...

Crony capitalism and your tax dollars: The Export-Import Bank

In March, President Obama re-nominated Fred Hochberg as President of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. From Reuters: Hochberg, who has led the export credit agency since May 2009, would have had to step down in July without Obama's fresh endorsement. The Ex-Im Bank provides direct loans, loan guarantees and other types of financing to support U.S. exports. The bank's biggest client is Boeing, the leading U.S. exporter. As part of Obama's economics and trade team, Hochberg has been an advocate for increasing U.S. trade opportunities abroad. According to The Washington Examiner’s Timothy Carney, this is not a cause for celebration: In 2008, candidate ...

Senator Reid Attacks Tea Party

On January 15, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid again attacked the Tea Party, and urged Congressional Republicans to leave Tea Party “extremism” behind and “learn what legislation is all about.”  What is so “extreme” about the Tea Party’s support of the core principles of: fiscal responsibility, constitutional limited government, and free market economics? After all, those are the basic core principles that made America great. There is something very ugly and unprincipled about Harry Reid’s attack on the tea party movement – on the American citizens that call themselves tea partiers. And while he attacks innocent Americans who ...

News Briefing for Friday, May 15

HEALTHCARE: One in four Americans who got insurance still can’t afford medical care: Study “One in four people who bought health insurance on their own couldn’t afford medical care last year, according to a study released Thursday that shows out-of-pockets costs are still getting between Americans and their doctors despite Obamacare’s progress in cutting the ranks of the uninsured. Families USA studied people who purchased insurance in the non-group market — they weren’t covered through their jobs or a public program — in 2014, the first full year for which Obamacare’s marketplace was fully operational, and found 25.2 percent ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, May 12

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Kirsten Powers: ‘How the left is killing free speech’ and demonizing conservatives “...THE TEA PARTY GAUGE - The Tea Party Patriots — the nation’s largest umbrella group for the grass-roots movement — is now conducting its own weekly gauge of popular sentiments among the group’s huge membership. Co-founder Jenny Beth Martin has revealed the latest results, this on a poll which inquired about the presidential candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders, and here are the numbers: Eight percent agreed “It’s good that Hillary Clinton will face some competition for the nomination; 9 percent said “he has no shot of winning. ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, May 5

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare exchanges are not cheap to build or run “In its next Obamacare-related decision, the Supreme Court will decide whether employers in states that chose not to establish their own Obamacare exchanges can be forced to pay penalties for not offering insurance the government deems acceptable. The case is somewhat complicated and based on textual questions and legislative history. But if the court rules that the phrase "established by the state" means what it looks like it means, this will bring a small dose of chaos to up to 37 states that now rely on the federal exchange — the infamoushealthcare.gov. A majority of those who ...

News Briefing for May 2

HEALTHCARE: Nearly half of Obamacare exchanges are struggling over their future “Nearly half of the 17 insurance marketplaces set up by the states and the District under President Obama’s health law are struggling financially, presenting state officials with an unexpected and serious challenge five years after the passage of the landmark Affordable Care Act. Many of the online exchanges are wrestling with surging costs, especially for balky technology and expensive customer-call centers — and tepid enrollment numbers. To ease the fiscal distress, officials are considering raising fees on insurers, sharing costs with other states and pressing ...

News Briefing for Friday, May 1

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Has the GOP Lost Its Budget Soul? (Interview with Jenny Beth Martin) http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4205023771001/neils-spiel-republicans-losing-their-budget-soul/#sp=show-clips   The Conservative Populist Breakout “…Grassroots activists: the unsung heroes of the populist right: An absolutely crucial (in some ways, the most important) part of the emerging conservative populist coalition is the committed citizens who spend hours directly contacting their elected representatives. A large number of Republicans in Congress are on the fence on immigration and will listen carefully to their most determined ...

News Briefing for Thursday, April 30

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: IRS watchdog finds 6,400 Lois Lerner emails “…However, one staffer familiar with the investigation, said the emails were from 2004 through 2013, with the bulk coming from 2012. About 650 are from 2010 and 2011, when the alleged IRS targeting began. Tea Party Patriots president Jenny Beth Martin said the news was another development in a "long line of deplorable actions from the Internal Revenue Service against groups who were merely trying to hold their government accountable." "It will be very enlightening to see the content of the emails as (the inspector general) continues the investigation," she said in a statement…...