Economics

Are We Broke? It Couldn’t Happen Here. Could It? (Part 4 of a Series)

April 7, 2010
By John
Are We Broke?  It Couldn’t Happen Here.  Could It?  (Part 4 of a Series)

(This is another in a series of postings about the size of US liabilities, their implications for our economy and personal wealth, and a path out of the mess we are in.) In prior postings of the “Are We Broke?” series, we discussed the impact the recession has had on household wealth, the rapid growth...
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Are We Broke? If Households Are Tipping Over – Can America Be Far Behind? (Part 3 of a Series)

March 31, 2010
By John
Are We Broke?  If Households Are Tipping Over – Can America Be Far Behind? (Part 3 of a Series)

(This is another in a series of postings about the size of US liabilities, their implications for our economy and personal wealth, and a path out of the mess we are in.) So What is ‘Broke’? If we’re going to ask whether America is broke, perhaps we should first ask what the word broke really...
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Are We Broke?: DC Alchemists Change US Debt from Gold into Tin (Part 2 of a Series)

March 23, 2010
By John
Are We Broke?:  DC Alchemists Change US Debt from Gold into Tin (Part 2 of a Series)

(This is another in a series of postings about the extent of US liabilities, their implications for our economy and personal wealth, and a path out of the mess we are in.) Before we continue with Rough Truths’ detailed analysis of our nation’s financial situation, some facts emerged yesterday that show how the capital markets...
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Are We Broke (Part 1a)? Health Rights on the Yellow Brick Road to Misery

March 23, 2010
By John
Are We Broke (Part 1a)?  Health Rights on the Yellow Brick Road to Misery

(This is the second in a series of postings about the extent of US liabilities, their implications for our economy and personal wealth, and a path out of the mess we are in.  The Series was interrupted last week because developments in the health care debate demanded all of our attention.  This column transitions...
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Are We Broke? Part I of Series

March 15, 2010
By John
Are We Broke?  Part I of Series

Over the next couple of weeks, Rough Truths will publish a series of columns that address the question “Are We Broke?” There is much talk in political, economic and banking circles about whether we are on a path to insolvency, what the debt means for the tax rates we will pay, what the implications are...
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Thanks for the Party – May I Have a Doggie Bag?

March 13, 2010
By John
Thanks for the Party – May I Have a Doggie Bag?

The Federal Government set a new record for monthly budget deficits last month.  According to the US Treasury Department on Thursday, the Feds ran up a $221-billion deficit during February, 2010.  That’s just over $700 for every man, woman and child in the United States.  In one month.  Just 28 days.   Yes, that’s $700...
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30%: A Health Care Number to Remember

March 4, 2010
By John
30%:  A Health Care Number to Remember

I’ve been arguing for a long time that we should return to an updated version of the ‘major medical’ insurance programs we had in the pre-HMO era, instead of plunging further into the pre-paid insurance morass that ObamaCare would impose.  I’ve argued that in a well-designed major medical model, prices will come down because...
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The Last Honest Man in the Senate?

March 3, 2010
By John
The Last Honest Man in the Senate?

Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY), the retiring conservative Senator, was vilified by the Senate Majority Leader and the press for committing a cardinal sin in Washington, DC this week.  He demanded we actually find a way to pay for a new spending bill, and that the Senate follow its own PAYGO law (passed with much...
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Time to Finally Finish Off The Banks? New Treasury Idea Gives Hope to Haitian-Style Takeover Of America

February 28, 2010
By John
Time to Finally Finish Off The Banks? New Treasury Idea Gives Hope to Haitian-Style Takeover Of America

Administration Proposes Ban on Foreclosures In what could prove to be most destructive proposal yet floated by our friends in Washington – and it’s tough to reach that level of fecklessness in a parade that includes floats submitted by ObamaCare; Cap & Trade; Stimulus I, II and III; Sotomayor; Bond holder rip-offs at GM...
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Health Care Forecast: Politicians Marching Ever Deeper into the Swamp

February 24, 2010
By John
Health Care Forecast:  Politicians Marching Ever Deeper into the Swamp

Tomorrow’s Grand Health Care Summit is burning up a lot of BTU’s on television, radio, and the blogosphere despite the likely emergence of a national state of ennui over the whole thing.  So we’ll keep this one short and quasi-educational by taking a stab at a couple of key questions about Health Care, and...
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