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At least I admit it. So I’ve heard people with a professed Keynesian bent argue that we should end the idea of “tax cuts for the rich.” Fine, I suppose. But I’ve even heard this uttered during recessions, including the time from 2007 right up through today. I am not making this up so far, […]

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Here is how much milk that the US Government recommends that you and your children consume every day: Aside from the fact that the US Government doesn’t exactly have a great history of getting the recommended daily allowances correct (go check out what was on the 1950s “choosemyplate” plate and compare it to what scientists know), […]

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Riddle Me This

Reducing costs to a business in this case is going to attract it to your state and induce it to change its behavior. Yet increasing its costs due to various labor market intrusions is at the same time NOT supposed to induce a response? Did we legalize it in all 50?

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When I first started writing here at TUW in earnest nearly a decade ago, I actually used to spend time writing up the very simple economic arguments, rooted in price theory and the empirical literature, regarding the minimum wage and many other proposed policies. There was once a time that I persuaded myself that a […]

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In reading various papers and books that talk about biodiversity and the need to both measure and promote it (agreed!), you will encounter an idea of a thing called an “Indicator Species.” These would be species to examine, in part, to understand how healthy or threatened an ecosystem is. In various books on oceans I […]

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Stuff It

In 2005 Dr. Francine Palma-Long pleaded for the establishment of new government regulations that would limit portion sizes in restaurants by 50% to 67%. Let’s not at all argue with this sentiment. Americans are getting fat and we need to do something about it – so goes the argument. The argument continues that food corporations […]

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Just finished reading Mark Goldman’s history of Buffalo called City on the Edge. It is certainly recommended if you are a history or architecture buff and love Western, NY. The book goes through the glorious and agonizing history of the city, neighborhood by neighborhood. While it doesn’t beat you over the head with the theme, it is […]

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Who knew it? It looks like the Progressives are picking up a Simonian theme: For decades now, the ______ have published predictions on when _____ would run out _______ if nothing else in the world changed. And in every case, lots of things in the world changed — and ______ never found itself short _____ […]

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One of the strawiest straw-men ignited by those with a collective bent is that the support for classical liberal ideas is akin to atomistic antihumanity. No need to delve deeper into that point here aside from pointing out that this is not at all an uncommon charge. Of course, the entire point of classical liberalism […]

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Let me get this straight. When it comes to Lyft and Uber, we must deeply care about the existing regulated incumbents. And of course, rather than calls to ease up the burdens on the very regulated taxi industry, all I’ve run across are calls to put the shackles (in the name of fairness and safety […]

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