John C. Goodman:
Let’s Privatize Medicare
Paul Ryan proposed a private health insurance alternative to Medicare for future retirees, liberal critics pounced.
However, almost one third of seniors are already in private health insurance plans. Seniors choose to be in these plans because they like them better than traditional Medicare.
The American Exceptionalism Dictionary
The Left keeps using words like rights, law, and tolerance. I do not think those words mean what they think they mean.
Tim Geithner’s Stress Test: Can the Government Do No Wrong?
Most Austrian economists argue that the best response to the 2008 financial crisis was to do nothing. By refusing to bail out the banks, investment firms and insurance companies, the government would be sending a clear message that Wall Street and the private markets must avoid irresponsible decisions in the future.
Liberals Declare War on Working Poor
Apparently, in a utopian world, restaurants would ban tips and compensate their servers the same way that Chicago teacher unions compensate their rank and file: Without regard to performance, or competency.
Ferguson and the Militarization Myth
It is no wonder that when law enforcement utilizes weapons and equipment that appear to be military in nature, the uninformed follow after pied pipers crying, "militarization!"
Lots of Pain
Thursday, in Chicago, 9 year old Antonio Smith was killed in the backyard of an apartment building. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but then again, that statement applies to every black child in Chicago and any other city.
Truly Transcending Obamacare
While the dominant Republican slogan on health care remains repeal and replace, there is little agreement on what replace means. But if we wait until Obamacare can be repealed before developing a consensus on positive health care changes, major parts of Obamacare will be even more entrenched and its seductive goal of universal coverage may push us instead toward fully government controlled single-payer system.
Daniel J. Mitchell:
The Federal Bagpipe Police?!?
Thanks to Mark Steyn, we have a story that exemplifies both the brain-dead nature of the public sector and the nasty nature of our bureaucratic overlords.
A Tale of Two Directions
Over the past five years, while quantitative easing has been the strategy du jour, the mix of so called investment money has been strangely absent one component.
How You Can Use a Technical Analysis of Earnings to Make Smarter Investments
One of the easiest and simplest metrics that investors use to screen for, as well as value, stocks is the price-to-earnings ratio, better known as a stocks price-to-earnings (P/E). Of course, on its face, a P/E is nothing more than a snapshot in time, but what if I told you it was far more complicated than that?
Thoughts on Ferguson, Missouri
Food for thought on the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Hamas is Comfortable with the Death of Innocent Bystanders
The Palestinians are continuing to use up their rockets at the rate of over 100 per day. Meanwhile, much of Gaza is being reduced to rubble. The Hamas leadership seems oddly comfortable with that outcome, provided they can still shoot rockets.
Spotlight on European Bank Lending
As noted in German Two-Year Bonds Have Negative Yield, Demand High; Euro Bond Bubble Guaranteed to Burst, " Banks lend (provided they are not capital impaired), when credit-worthy borrowers want credit and banks perceive risks worth lending."
Iowa Gets It Right: Abortions Really do Require a Doctor
Planned Parenthood took a big hit on Tuesday after the District Court for Polk County, Iowa upheld a ban on webcam abortions.
My Best Advice on ETFs
Today I have an exclusive sneak peek of three presentations I have on the slate for the next several days at the MoneyShow.
Ransom Notes Radio:
When Keynesians Run the World
The Keynesians are in charge And its starting to show. Mark Skousen joined the program to discuss the possibility of permanently low interest rates. Also: Ezra Klein is still an idiot; but theres someone else out there that is even worse.
The Jihadi Serial Killer no One's Talking About
For two bloody months, an armed jihadist serial killer ran loose across the country. At least four innocent men died this spring and summer as acts of "vengeance" on behalf of aggrieved Muslims, the self-confessed murderer has now proclaimed. Have you heard about this horror? Probably not.
Welcome to Public Relations 101
It takes a lot to make me angry. But one thing that will do it every time is the occasional college administrator who hides behind a university spokesperson or public relations firm. Last week, Bryan College made the serious mistake of attempting to contact me through a hired public relations firm. After Bryans public relations people contacted me, I immediately turned the tables on President Livesay and responded with a series of pointed questions.