Tax cuts are great but meaningless without spending cuts

The evidence has been documented numerous times that cutting taxes improves the economy in ways that replace "lost" revenues for the federal government. In other words, reduced tax burdens spark economic growth with over time yield a revenue-neutral stance. This is the part about the proposed GOP tax cuts that I like. There are two … Continue reading Tax cuts are great but meaningless without spending cuts

The #Unexpectedly Chronicles Cause and Effect Seattle Edition

You might have missed these two stories in all the Trump Tweet stuff but you might want to remind yourself what we're fighting against before you jump off the wagon. Cause: Seattle’s minimum-wage law is boosting wages for a range of low-paid workers, but the law is causing those workers as a group to lose … Continue reading The #Unexpectedly Chronicles Cause and Effect Seattle Edition

Time to cut up the government’s credit cards

I really like credit cards. Every card in my wallet has purposes based upon rewards, limits, and due dates. The dollar bills in my wallet are probably the same bills I've had in there for weeks because I use cards for everything. Controlling expenditures and making certain my family is covered when life events pop … Continue reading Time to cut up the government’s credit cards

Our Broken Millenials

The 21st century isn't turning out so well for millenials.  They are making less than their parents did at their age.  Home ownership, one of the key markers of financial success, is down for their age group.  And, apparently, in general they are unhappier and more narcissistic.  It's declined to the point you can now … Continue reading Our Broken Millenials

Is Brick and Mortar Retail Going Away?…

if personal experience is any indication, yes. While we wait to see what Congress is planning to do about the no-good, very bad Iran deal, let's talk about something a bit closer to home. I do the majority of my shopping online, and get cold chills at the thought of any kind of cyber-attack on … Continue reading Is Brick and Mortar Retail Going Away?…

Is college really all that important?…

it depends. If your life-long ambition is to be a doctor, lawyer, or engineer, a college education is unavoidable.  But what if you just want to earn a decent living? Several weeks ago, my car was at the local dealership to have its timing belt replaced - something that is done at the 60K mark.  … Continue reading Is college really all that important?…

March jobs report – ugly

By Steve Eggleston Before I get to the bad news, I do have some good news, indeed the best news though it is almost 2,000 years old. Jesus Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Have a blessed Easter. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the March jobs report, and it was a … Continue reading March jobs report – ugly

The PlaceboCare McEconomy

By Steve Eggleston If you haven't noticed, I've been missing in action the last few weeks. I've just been burned out. One can say the economy is, at best, stagnant only so many times before running out of ways to say it. Unfortunately for the country, but fortunately for my writing block, the Bureau of … Continue reading The PlaceboCare McEconomy

Barack Obama vs Homer Simpson: Advantage Homer

My latest piece for Watchdog.org: Is President Obama ‘pulling a Homer’ on energy, or is he smarter than that? is now up: “To pull a Homer”: to succeed despite idiocy. In “Homer Defined,” a 1991 episode of The Simpsons, the Springfield nuclear power is going into meltdown.  Homer Simpson (the inept lead character of the series) manages to … Continue reading Barack Obama vs Homer Simpson: Advantage Homer

This economy is better? For whom? I am the American Middle Class, and it isn’t us.

I am a member of the American Middle Class. I work hard, I am devoted to my wife and family. I listen to the news and try to stay informed. From time to time I disagree with the news and opinion shows but that is what makes America great. The ability to disagree. I have … Continue reading This economy is better? For whom? I am the American Middle Class, and it isn’t us.

Canada poised to outflank Obama on Keystone XL dithering

By John Ruberry President Obama may soon find out what how it feels to be un-upped by Canada in a hockey-style shootout. Since his inauguration nearly six years ago, Obama has been dragging his feet in regards to approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline will bring much-needed petroleum from our friends in Alberta … Continue reading Canada poised to outflank Obama on Keystone XL dithering

Hey GOP Call the Left’s Minimum Wage Bluff

The left continues to go all in on the minimum wage nationally The Republicans blocked a bill on Wednesday that could have increased the minimum wage. President Barack Obama and Democrats are furious, but Republicans are holding firm. The current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour; with an increase over three years, the wage would … Continue reading Hey GOP Call the Left’s Minimum Wage Bluff

Meanwhile in the rest of the Political World

The Sterling case is still the big story in the media, and the administration is very happy about that, because the rest of the news doesn't look all that good, such as: here’s Carney insisting that the Ben Rhodes email that lit up conservative media yesterday, which listed as one of the White House’s goals … Continue reading Meanwhile in the rest of the Political World

February jobs report – good against only expectations

By Steve Eggleston Yesterday, the February jobs report was released. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, the economy added 175,000 jobs, with 162,000 coming in the private sector. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate ticked up by 0.1 percentage points to 6.7% as 264,000 people entered or re-entered the workforce and employment increased by only 42,000. That was not … Continue reading February jobs report – good against only expectations

A Question for Miriam Weeks/ Belle Knox

I have a long post on the Miriam Weeks Belle Knox business coming up tomorrow but before we get to that 2300 word piece I have a single question to ask her: Your interview published at Real Clear Education has the following exchange: Would you still do porn if Duke cost less? No. If Duke … Continue reading A Question for Miriam Weeks/ Belle Knox