John C. Goodman

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.

Posted May 16, 2015

Studies show there are three things you can do that will almost guarantee you will never live in poverty: (1) finish high school, (2) get a full time job and (3) get married, but wait until you are 21 and dont have children until you are married. Do these three things and its very unlikely you will be poor. If you are, you wont be poor for very long.

Posted May 09, 2015

Did Bill Gates, the worlds richest man, cause the breakdown of civil order in Baltimore? How about JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels and the worlds richest woman? Is she the cause of all the mayhem?

Posted May 02, 2015

At last count there were about three dozen potential candidates for president on the Republican side. Although Hillary Clinton is the expected Democratic nominee, should she falter, there are probably about a half dozen people ready to take her place.

Posted April 18, 2015

Rand Pauls entry into the presidential race raises an interesting question: Just how many people consider themselves libertarian and what is the potential voting strength of this segment of the population?

Posted April 11, 2015

By one estimate, 14 million people are newly insured because of the Affordable Care Act. In addition millions of others have more generous insurance, promising new benefits. So you might expect that doctors offices would be flooded with a host of new patients seeking more care than they had before.

Posted April 04, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore, died last week at age 91. Almost every obituary has remarked on the radical transition his leadership heralded.