Monthly Archives: September 2011

Solution to Israel-Palestine: First, Assume No Hamas

You know the old economist joke: A physicist, a chemist and an economist are stranded on an island, with nothing to eat. A can of soup washes ashore. The physicist solution: “Let’s smash the can open with a rock.” The … Continue reading

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Small Businesses, Engines, and Backbones

President Obama’s proposal to change the marginal tax rate of millionaires in some unspecified way has given the Republicans another chance to trot out one of their favorite tropes: millionaires and small businessmen are "job creators" and you can’t raise … Continue reading

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Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems: Profit Repatriation Edition

I was asked the other day what I thought about the oft-proposed idea of a repatriation holiday for profit that U.S. companies are hoarding overseas in order to avoid paying taxes. Let them bring it back home with little or … Continue reading

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The Arab Spring and Nervous Dictators

It is amusing to watch the surviving Arab dictators scramble to stave off the contagion of unrest and instability that has transfixed and transformed the region.  Today we see Saudi Arabia getting tough with the U.S. over the upcoming Palestinian … Continue reading

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What DOES Rick Perry Struggle Over?

I strongly oppose capital punishment, so naturally I found it revolting when the audience at last night’s GOP debate broke into hearty applause when informed that the state of Texas under Rick Perry has executed 234 people: Perry notes that … Continue reading

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Brooks: Government Should Only Do the Basics ie., Everything

In his column today, David Brooks claims to agree with Rick Perry that what ails America is too much government and not enough good ol’ pioneer American vigor: The Republicans, and Rick Perry in particular, have a reasonably strong story … Continue reading

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