NHL Gamecenter Sucks

April 12, 2012 at 10:52 pm

This is a little bit off topic from the usual political fare, but NHL Gamecenter is a perfect metaphor for our current economy- a company that rather than provide a quality service, looks to sell you something which sounds good on the surface until you discover the fine print.

The Food Stamp Response: What Dems Said and What They Should Have Said

February 8, 2012 at 12:04 am

By now, you’ve heard the Gingrich line about Obama being the “food stamp” President.

Tuesday in Cincinnati, he repeated the claim:

That’s why I’ve said over and over again that this is the best food stamp President in American history.

Here’s how Democrats responded and here’s how they should have responded.

Systemic Failure in 4 Easy Steps: How to Win a Beer on the Back of a Napkin

November 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Here’s a quick and easy way to illustrate systemic failure in capitalism in a bar over drinks.

Before beginning, you may want to place a beer bet with your friend(s). Something like “I bet I can prove to you on the back of this napkin that capitalism needs government.”

Here’s the setup for the scenario:

Two trappers are trapping animals in the wilderness. The trappers have 2 options. They can work hard and trap, or they can poach or steal from their neighbor.

To illustrate, draw a chart similar to the one below on any standard white restaurant napkin:

(Credit to Joseph Heath for the original explanation).

The Most Important Economic Theorem You’ve Never Heard Of

October 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

Have you ever been accused by a conservative of being against “economic freedom”? One of my friends posted this the other day: It’s impossible to be anti-capitalistic and pro-freedom at the same time. If you’re against capitalism, you’re against freedom. My gut reaction was: Really? But before getting into an […]

How to Fight Against Ohio Issue 2 (SB5)

September 17, 2011 at 5:22 pm

The campaign to pass Issue 2 is in full swing in Ohio so I thought I’d review the pro-Issue 2 marketing, what they’re trying to accomplish, and how best to fight against it. Remember, Issue 2 is the issue which limits collective bargaining for state employees such as police, firefighters, […]

Some Recommendations for Those Interested in Ayn Rand

July 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm

When I was 14, I picked up Atlas Shrugged thinking it was a science fiction novel.

My critique at the time was one word: boring. As science fiction, it didn’t measure up to Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick, Orson Scott Card, or any of the other science fiction I was reading at the time. Even L. Ron Hubbard.

Ayn-Rand

With so many folks referring to Ayn Rand in the news recently and with the new release of Atlas Shrugged, I thought I’d revisit Rand to better understand it.

What Creates Jobs?

July 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

Tax cuts, less taxes, lower taxes. That’s all you hear conservatives talking about these days. What we should be asking is: What creates jobs? Put yourself in the position of a business owner for a second. Let’s say you’re given a sum of money in the form of a tax […]

Finally, Someone Says Something Sane About Taxes

July 8, 2011 at 8:41 pm

This should be the economic platform of the Democratic party: “The small businesses are the ones we have to protect, and they don’t think it’s fair they pay more in taxes than the largest corporations who ship jobs overseas,” Kathy Hochul (D- NY)

A Better Way to Frame “Maximalist”

July 1, 2011 at 11:58 am

In the recent debate over increasing the debt ceiling, the White House has coined a new term to describe the GOP’s position: maximalist. What the White House means is that the GOP wants 100% of what they want and doesn’t want to give anything in return. For example, the GOP […]

Letter to Steve Chabot June 30, 2011

June 30, 2011 at 8:11 am

Dear Congressman Chabot, I am curious as to why Republicans don’t seem willing to compromise on our budget. Democrats seem willing to make many of the tax cuts you want. Why not get rid of some of the tax loopholes that they are asking for? I don’t understand your position […]