John C. Goodman

Posted November 02, 2014

Conventional wisdom says that Democrats wanted to campaign this year on jobs and the economy. They were supposedly thrown off message by ISIS and the Ebola scare. But if voters re-focus on jobs and the economy, do the Democrats have a credible plan to offer them? I tried to find out.

Posted October 18, 2014

Have you noticed that in most science fiction movies the aliens are almost always biological entities often obsessed with eating us or sucking our blood or possessing us or at least conquering us.

Posted October 11, 2014

Is there any place you can go to find an objective, understandable explanation of how ObamaCare works?

Posted October 04, 2014

Why does the left care about income inequality? University of Chicago economist, John Cochrane asked that question the other day and could only settle on one answer: they like big government.

Posted September 13, 2014

Yes according to Paul Krugman, Ezra Klein and the Commonwealth Fund. But all these folks were cheerleaders for the Affordable Care Act from day one.

Posted September 06, 2014

Labor Day was originally concocted by labor unions and the idea was to celebrate the union movement. But unions at least in the private sector -- are being replaced by a different form of labor monopoly: occupational licensing. Should we set aside one day a year to celebrate licensing? Or should we celebrate instead the right to work?

Posted August 30, 2014

Millions of people are out of work and cant find a job. Many of those who have jobs are being forced to work part-time instead of full-time. And those who have full-time jobs are in for a nasty surprise. Next years take home pay is like likely to be smaller than what they earn right now.

Posted August 23, 2014

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.

Posted August 17, 2014

Events in Ferguson, Missouri raise this question: Is the criminal justice system unfair to minorities, especially blacks?

Posted August 09, 2014

If you listened only to Barack Obama and his acolytes on TV talk shows you would think that the federal government’s finances got a lot better last year. In fact, they got worse.

Posted August 02, 2014

Here is a surprise. Although Ryan’s approach is based on well-known conservative ideas, some on the left are actually praising parts of the proposal – including the editorial page of the Washington Post.

Posted July 26, 2014

To understand why our recovery from the Great Recession is so sluggish and slow, economists are increasingly focusing on Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment: the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as ObamaCare. Although generally thought of as a measure to insure the uninsured, health reform is affecting the entire labor market in negative ways.

Posted July 12, 2014

Paul Krugman and others on the left routinely sneer at the idea that you can actually increase government revenues by cutting tax rates. (Turns out most of the time you can’t, but in some cases you can.)

Posted July 04, 2014

?I don’t usually write about political parties and when I do I don’t make broad statements about their intelligence, character, etc. This is in contrast to Paul Krugman at The New York Times, who routinely tells us that Republicans are cruel, heartless, selfish and responsible for almost all our public policy problems.

Posted May 10, 2014

It's a 2,700 page bill. There are 20,000 pages of regulations. Major provisions seem to change every other week. And despite Nancy Pelosi's promise, four years after it passed most of us still aren't sure about everything that's in it.

Posted May 03, 2014

Here's something that's really odd. Let's say at the end of last year there were almost 50 million uninsured people in the United States. Averaging over all the different estimates, let's say that 5 million of them have now acquired insurance because of ObamaCare. But now it's April and the open enrollment period is over. That means that 90% of the uninsured are still uninsured and they won't be able to buy an individual insurance plan until next November.

Posted April 26, 2014

Have you ever wondered why ObamaCare is burdened with so much complexity? Here's the answer: Barack Obama. Obama? Yes, the president himself.

Posted April 19, 2014

Have you ever wondered why poor people are poor? It's not as though there aren't plenty of role models around. Millions of people live highly successful, productive lives in this country.

Posted April 12, 2014

What is most missing from the Republicans is not so much the lack of an alternative to ObamaCare. It is the lack of a clear vision. Even if you can understand what their various proposals (and friends and close allies often cannot), it is almost never clear why they want to implement them.

Posted April 05, 2014

When politicians choose health insurance plans, rational insurance is impossible.