Arghandab Valley near Khandahar, Afghanistan. Credit: Wikipedia.org 

The Massacre at Kandahar

In the never-ending cycle of tragedy we see daily in the news, I find it difficult to react appropriately to one event before the next one leaves me numb. Ever since the news of the massacre at Kandahar, allegedly committed by Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, I have wanted to write something meaningful about this atrocity.…

El Fracaso Económico de Corea del Norte

La muerte de Kim Jong Il invita comparaciones entre la Corea del Norte y la Corea del Sur. Donald Marron, un catedrático de economía y escritor para Seeking Alpha (seekingalpha.com), publicó ayer en su blog la gráfica siguiente, la cual compara el PIB per cápita de las dos economías desde los 1970’s. La diferencia entre…

North Korea’s Economic Failure

The death of Kim Jong Il invites comparisons between North and South Korea. Donald Marron, a professor of economics and writer for Seeking Alpha (seekingalpha.com), posted the following graphic yesterday  comparing the per-capita GDP of the two economies since the 1970’s. The difference in growth rates is dramatic. Although we cannot visit North Korea, a…

Paul Ryan on How to Lower Medical Costs

I saw Paul Ryan, my congressman, on television recently. He was explaining to a constituent that his plan to privatize Medicare would lower health care costs because private insurers would compete in an open market for the health care dollar, thus driving costs down. I’m a bit confused about this because I thought that the…

Walker Takes Aim at Immigrant Students

Governor Scott Walker’s move to eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Wisconsin was just his opening salvo. His full budget proposal for the coming biennium, if passed as proposed,  will reduce aid to education at all levels, seniors, Medicaid and special state sponsored medical care for the indigent. Regardless of the merits of…

Faces of Protest

Yesterday, Saturday, February 26, 2011, between 70,000 and 100,000 people (according to official estimates) gathered at the Wisconsin state capitol to protest Governor Walker’s Budget “Repair” Bill that will strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. It has been suggested by some that the demonstrators were rowdy hooligans, ne’er-do-wells, and anarchist hippie hold-overs from…

Misplaced Priorities

The New York Times reports tonight that Senate Republicans have blocked a health care bill for 9/11 rescue workers who became ill from working in toxic dust and fumes. They rejected  the bill because it will cost $7.4 billion. That’s strange. Senate Republicans don’t seem to be concerned about how to pay for the tax…