Historically, the US has been known as a beacon of freedom. Unfortunately, that reputation has become tarnished over the past ten to fifteen years. I’m referring to economic freedom, not political freedom. Economic freedom means that each person is free to work, produce, consume, and invest as they wish. This involves personal choice, voluntary buying … Continue reading US not the beacon of freedom you think
This American retailer has a distinct business model. It aims to sell high volumes of merchandise at low prices. In pursuit of low prices, it bargains hard with its suppliers and grows impressive economies of scale. Its business model draws flocks of customers to its stores. It becomes the largest retailer in the entire world, … Continue reading Creative destruction
US healthcare is generally recognized for its significant innovation and quality medical care. However, it is even more widely recognized for having certain problems. Two main problems are usually cited. Problem #1 is that 10-15% of the population is uninsured at any point in time. Problem #2 is that medical care and health insurance are … Continue reading Origin of healthcare problems
It is an article of faith to some class warriors that the rich do not pay their “fair share” of taxes. Is it true? We can evaluate this claim since there is plenty of publicly available data. The data here comes from a 2016 CBO report. Effective tax rates It is difficult to look at … Continue reading Do the rich pay their fair share?
Congress is talking about tax reform. Hopefully something will get done. The US tax code is overly complicated and discourages growth. This post will lay out some rough goals for tax reform, with a few details on how to achieve the goals. It’s aimed at the US tax code, but some principles apply anywhere. The … Continue reading Tax reform goals
One reason that people support larger government is because they assume government rules and programs will accomplish their stated goals. However, this rosy view is often not supported by reality. Let’s look at an interesting example that was in the news recently. The background A May 19th Wall Street Journal article points out that certain ritzy … Continue reading Crazy example of banks twisting the rules
Some people justify Big Government by claiming that it helps the Little Guy. This romantic view is largely political salesmanship. Big Government is more about helping politicians, government workers, and powerful special interest groups than the Little Guy. Let’s look at how government policies harm the Little Guy. Little Guy realities Before we begin, let’s … Continue reading Government helps the Little Guy?
My posts don’t normally get into politics. I do point out problems caused by Big Government, and warn people to be on guard against expanding government, but I don’t normally get into the D versus R thing. However, in this post I will discuss the fact that Democrats keep calling Trump a totalitarian. They claim … Continue reading Who is Totalitarian?
The growth rate of the US economy has been in the news recently, for a couple reasons. First, economic growth in recent years has been lower than the historical average of roughly 3%. This has led some people to predict low growth as the new normal. Second, the budget released last week by the Trump […]
A couple of weeks ago, Puerto Rico (PR) effectively declared bankruptcy. Although I am no expert on the PR economy, based on my limited research, the mess down there seems to illustrate how too much government causes problems for an economy. We can all learn some lessons from this. What are the problems? Over the … Continue reading Lessons from Puerto Rico Bankruptcy