Tag Archive for Economics

New Rules: From Pope Francis

Pope Francis

I’m not Catholic; at this point in my life I can best describe myself as agnostic when it comes to my faith, spiritual in my beliefs. But I do find that the teachings of people of all faiths to be instructive at times. Such is the case with Pope Francis.

Editing Textbooks with a Conservative Bias

In case you missed this story over the weekend, the Texas Legislature has approved sweeping new changes to the content of textbooks used by schoolchildren there. And since Texas is the second largest market for textbooks in the nation and California likely won’t be ordering new editions of textbooks until 2014, these edits — which…

The High Cost of Being a Gay Couple

In the ongoing debate over Gay Marriage, the argument is usually based in battle between “morality” and “equality.” Let’s add some economics to the equation. The NY Times has a story in today’s edition that examines the high  cost gay couples face compared with straight couples based on day to day living  From the story:…

Krugman: Big Government May Have Averted Great Depression II

Nobel prize winning economist, Princeton University professor and NY Times columnist Paul Krugman has a column in the New York Times that says while things are still pretty tough out there for the economy, the Obama aministration’s big government policies may have averted the nation (and the world) from falling into a financial abyss akin…

But Baby, Obama Wants Me to Drive a Fiat X1/9

Of all the cars that I’ve owned, my favorite was a yellow and black 1975 Fiat X1/9. Designed by Nuccio Bertone, the X1/9 was a two-seater, hardtop convertible with a mid 1489 cc. engine and a five-speed transmission. It was beautifully styled and it handled like a dream. It was tremendous fun driving this sleek…

Progressive Econ 101: Free Markets

Free markets are the goal of many.  “Let the Free Market decide” is a rallying cry to bring the troops to the email and phones.  But, what is a Free Market? The simplest explanation is a free market is a  market where the individuals are free to exchange goods and money without the interference of…