John C. Goodman

Posted October 10, 2015

While politicians seem to never tire of proposing new ways to regulate the workplace, I want to propose a radically different idea: get government out of the workplace altogether.

Posted October 03, 2015

Until we entered the Great Recession, most economists regarded Keynesian economics as a relic of the past. You could still find it discussed in some introductory textbooks. But, as University of Chicago economist John Cochrane points out, it wasnt on the syllabus in any of the leading graduate schools.

Posted September 26, 2015

Pope Franciss visit to Cuba and the United States and his previous efforts to bring about a rapprochement between the two countries brings the worlds attention to three facts.

Posted September 19, 2015

Bernie Sanders is angry. Who is he angry at? Rich people. Why rich people? Thats not clear. At Liberty University, Sanders complained about a small number of people who have huge yachts, and jet planes and tens of billions while others are struggling to feed their families. In Madison Wisconsin, Sanders called for a political revolution against greed.

Posted September 12, 2015

Stanford University economist Thomas Sowell was asked the other day whether the understanding of basic economics has been elevated in political discussions over time. His answer? Economic literacy hasnt gotten better. Its gotten worse.

Posted September 06, 2015

Hillary Clinton has a solution to the problem of low wages: Government should make them higher.

Posted August 29, 2015

First the good news. The federal governments tax receipts are coming in at a rate somewhat higher than what was expected a few months ago.

Posted August 22, 2015

Last Saturday I made a first-ever visit to the down town Dallas Police Department to fill out a report. I had never been to a police department before. My only image of one was the police station I had seen on the television series Hill Street Blues.

Posted August 15, 2015

Our health care system and our system of higher education have a lot more in common than you might think. As I explained in a previous column at Forbes, in both systems a third-party payer pays a good portion of the bill, leaving consumers and producers with perverse incentives to take advantage of it.

Posted August 08, 2015

Its tempting to say that Democrats are liberal. But did you know that the base of the party are not particularly liberal at all?

Posted July 25, 2015

Jeb Bush is a fan. Ditto for Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. Hillary Clinton isnt so sure. Martin OMalley says it exposes the need to update our labor laws. Everyone is talking about Uber these days. The topic has even become part of the presidential election.

Posted July 18, 2015

In the old days, before we went to war, Congress had to declare one. In the old days you couldnt kill an enemy combatant unless we were in a declared war. In the old days, an enemy combatant was someone wearing a uniform on a field of battle.

Posted July 11, 2015

First there was Pablo Escobar, the once notorious head of the Medellin drug cartel in Colombia.

Posted July 04, 2015

Now that the Supreme Court has declined to gut President Obamas health reform, its time for Republicans in Congress to re-think how they have been responding to the law. They should begin by asking three questions

Posted June 27, 2015

Pope Francis' recent encyclical on the climate change, Laudato Si, was awful in describing what we know about climate science, dreadful in discussing possible solutions and completely wrong in understanding the role that economics must play.

Posted June 20, 2015

Hillary Clinton is still refusing to say whether she thinks President Obama should have the same fast track authority her husband and other presidents have had to negotiate trade agreements. She is refusing to say how she would have voted the other day when Democrats in the House of Representatives abandoned their own president en masse after he pleaded with them to give him authority to negotiate with Pacific nations. Her latest comments on the subject are at best described as waffling.

Posted June 13, 2015

Rick Perrys entry into the presidential race draws natural attention to the Texas economy.

Posted June 06, 2015

What tax rate should rich people pay?

Posted May 30, 2015

A week ago Friday was an unusual day for the editorial page of The New York Times. An unsigned editorial in the paper lashed out at the president for his public statements about reengaging in Iraq.

Posted May 23, 2015

There is no domestic policy issue more important than the need to liberate Americas children from monopoly school systems that are not meeting their needs.