The TPP is up and running without us, and we’re losing out on its opportunities

My Comments: While I had some reservations about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), I agreed with it in principal and was encouraged when the Obama administration signed on last December. Then along came the ultimate deal maker and we withdrew from the agreement. In my opinion, more than anything imaginable, that withdrawal effectively ceded global …

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GE Has Yet Another Problem: Pensions

My Comments: Did you read the news bulletin last week that GE was terminating 4,000 salaried employees this week? There’s a reason for that and it’s described here. This problem is not just about GE, but about thousands of corporations and government entities that exist in the US. A pension plan like the one at …

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The Trump tax law has big problems. Here’s one big reason why

My Comments: I take no pleasure in paying taxes. But I also understand why it’s necessary. My life as a tax paying adult, especially when it comes to earned income, has seen good and bad years. I’ve always assumed it’s my responsibility to figure out what to send the IRS and if I can’t, then …

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Too Many Americans Will Never Be Able to Retire

Without more babies and immigrants, the country won’t be able to support its aging population. My Comments: The stellar growth of the United States following World War II was in part due to the surge in births that we’ve dubbed the ‘baby boomers’. Population rise, coupled with the ability to move up the economic ladder …

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These 5 charts prove that the economy does better under Democratic presidents

My Comments: I was favored recently by the publication in the Gainesville Sun of an article I wrote that referenced Donald Trump as an existential risk to the US. Because such articles are limited to 750 words or less, there was no reference by me to the historical performance of the economy under Republican or …

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The Coming Bankruptcy of the American Empire

My Comments: readers of my posts know that I’m a progressive, whatever that actually means. As an economist, I choose to call myself a social capitalist, in that I strongly believe unfettered capitalism is as dangerous and corruptive as communism. This is written before trump appears on national television to tell us why his wall …

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The Shrinking Middle Class: How We Got Here, And Why

My Comments: Yesterday, I posted Part I of a three part series from the staff of Fortune magazine. I was struck by it’s relevance in today’s America in terms of it’s expose of where we are as a nation, both politically and economically. In my opinion we have roughly two years to figure out whether …

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