entitlements Archive

Young In America

By John Lumbard. According to The Daily Kos, 27% of recent college graduates (ages 21 to 24) are either unemployed or underemployed.  The Democratic Underground says that recent college graduates earn $3,200 less than they did 13 years ago.  Of course, it’s not just college graduates;  low starting salaries and meager...
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(Dis)Ability

By John Lumbard. Guy walks into a bar, orders a beer, and stands there drinking it while he watches a Bruins game.  Orders another beer, and stands there drinking it . . . While he’s drinking the third one, he’s asked what he does for a living . . . . “I’ve...
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On Taxes and Growth

By James Schaefer. The U.K.'s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, wrote an op-ed recently in the Wall Street Journal ("How Britain Returned to Growth", December 17, 2013), on Britain's changes to their tax rates and spending as a means of stimulating growth of the British economy.  The results were dramatic. They...
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Motown Blues

By John Lumbard. "Addressing a lunchtime rally of more than 6,000 state workers in front of the State House Annex on Monday, [New Jersey Governor] Corzine pumped his fists and vowed to keep his pledge to increase the pension contributions. ''I will fight for you,'' Corzine told the crowd, made up...
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Land of the Setting Sun

By John Lumbard. When news came that we had not, like lemmings, jumped over a Cliff, celebrations broke out across the nation. Nearly a million people jammed the streets around Times Square, and the party lasted well after dawn. As the sun rose---coincidentally the first day of a new year---revelers quietly...
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The Bipartisan Debt Machine

By John Lumbard. Below you'll find the text of a speech that Senator Barack Obama gave in the Senate in March of 2006 (you want page S2237, if you'd rather read it there) regarding our debt and deficits---which at the time were growing rapidly under President Bush.  Now they're growing rapidly...
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The True Cost

By James Schaefer. There is an enormous cost to taxpayers -- and to the American economy, and to government -- by having the Social Security system structured and administered the way it currently is. Holding the Social Security Trust Fund in safe but low-yield U.S. Treasuries -- "backed by the full faith...
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Whence We Came

By James Schaefer.   The original colonists of America and Canada were risk-takers -- by definition, a self-selecting group of people -- willing to leave behind family and culture and language and all that stood for civilization to cross an ocean in search of a better life. No government handouts awaited them. That entrepreneurial spirit...
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Putting It in Perspective

By James Schaefer This snapshot of federal spending recently crossed my desk, and it is worth sharing.  It simply converts the federal numbers into an equivalent household budget.  The numbers are approximately correct for 2012, though they don't have to match exactly to make the point.   Why the U.S. was downgraded: • U.S....
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Contagion and Eurosclerosis

By John Lumbard. The debt of Portugal has fallen in value so much that a buyer can now get a yield of 16% on long term, ten year bonds.  Portugal won't have to actually pay 16% until it has to borrow again (most likely when an old bond issue matures and...
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