WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN AMERICAN IN THE 21ST CENTURY & THE GRUMPY ECONOMIST REFLECTS ON HEALTH CARE REFORM IN THE AGE OF TRUMP
To Be An American In The 21st Century
by Ro Khanna via Eureka
The question of what it means to be American has been debated since the founding of our republic, and we are at another moment when the question has taken on a new urgency.
Post-Apocalyptic Health Care
by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Post-apocalyptic life in American health care is a fantastic blog post on the state of American health care and insurance. (HT Marginal Revolution) Bottom line: American health care organizations can no longer operate systematically, so participants are forced to act in the communal mode, as if in the pre-modern world.
Trump and the 'Rule of Necessity'
Editorial of The New York Sun | August 24, 2018
Trump Has Already Won on Impeachment by Conrad Black
August 25, 2018
NY SUN EXAMINES PREVIOUS PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENT SCANDALS & WHY LOCAL ELECTIONS MATTER MOST IN 2018
'Get Ready' For the Perils Of Impeachment
By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post | August 22, 2018
DON’T OVERLOOK THE STATE ELECTIONS
By EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen
Thirty-seven states will elect governors this fall. If the negative trends apparent at the federal level hit Republicans here, too, the repercussions could be felt in the party for years. Read More
The Reexamination Of Security Clearances Was Long Overdue
by Victor Davis Hanson via National Review
Much has been written about former CIA and FBI official Philip Mudd’s recent unhinged outburst on CNN against Paris Dennard for the latter’s credible suggestion that many ex-officials have monetized the fact that they have retained their security clearances.
The Classicist: The Divided States Of America
interview with Victor Davis Hanson via The Classicist
What’s driving the growing tension between red state America and blue state America?
Don’t Overlook the State Elections
Whatever happens nationally in November will likely be mirrored at the local level.
The US Economy And The Midterm Elections
by Michael J. Boskin via Project Syndicate
The US economy's strength should boost Republicans' prospects in congressional elections this November. But polls currently show that Democrats will retake one or both chambers of Congress, which means that even if the econo
THE FIRST ONE TRILLION DOLLAR COMPANY, APPLE - AMAZON & MANHATTAN INSTITUTE LOOKS AT PUBLIC-PRIVATE DEBT CRISIS
Amazon at $1 Trillion Is More Dream Than Reality
Shira Ovide, Bloomberg
Disruption Ahead—and Regulation
Reflections on Apple’s historic $1 trillion valuation and the lessons of history
You Can’t Take It with You
America’s private-sector and public-sector debt crises are colliding.
The Four Horsemen of the Regulatory State
And how to rein them in
To reorganize government agencies, Trump should channel Truman
James C. Capretta | RealClearPolicy
Given the deep divisions between the parties, the administration’s reorganization agenda will probably be ignored in Congress. The best hope to avoid that is to copy the Truman-Hoover model, giving up some control of the agenda to a bipartisan commission.
Trump’s Federal Worker Pay Freeze Misses the Real Problem
Nicole Gelinas, New York Post
President Trump may or may not freeze federal workers’ pay: Last Thursday, he sent a letter to congressional leaders saying that he would, citing “serious economic conditions,” but said later he’d think about it after criticism from some Republicans up for re-election.Trump is right to be concerned about public-worker costs — but a pay freeze is unlikely to do much good or much harm. The far bigger problem is benefits costs, and at the state and local level, not the federal level — something the president could tackle indirectly were he to be a bit more creative. Read more here....
Trump Contra Mundum
Conrad Black’s sweeping and insightful look at an unprecedented president
The myth of American inequality
Phil Gramm | The Wall Street Journal
The economics of the opioid crisis
Roger Bate | AEIdeas
Policymakers have clamped down on prescribing practices of physicians and sanctioned pharmaceutical companies producing vast quantities of opioids. The result has been a lowering of legal opioid sales. Reducing prescriptions of opioids should create fewer addicts in the long run and is probably the right policy approach. But it’s a poisonous short-run trade-off.
‘Dopesick’ and ‘The Addiction Solution’ review: Examining an epidemic
Sally Satel | The Wall Street Journal
The emotional devastation of opioid addiction is staggering. So is the economic fallout. Families can be bankrupted by the cost of in-patient rehab. Sally Satel reviews two books on the epidemic: “Dopesick” by Beth Macy and “The Addiction Solution” by Lloyd I. Sederer.