Category: Economics

October 12, 2012

Creating Jobs

Filed under: Economics - 12 Oct 2012

The single biggest employment gain in U.S. history occurred in June 1983: 900,000. The Reagan economy was starting to roar. The GDP grew at a staggering 9.3% rate.

Holding the Fed Accountable

Filed under: Economics,Uncategorized - 12 Oct 2012

Many hard questions have been raised in response to the Federal Reserve’s decision to embark on open-ended bond buying or quantitative easing (“QE”). Can we afford it? Will it create jobs? Will the decision undermine the Fed’s long-term credibility? Few …

October 4, 2012

Problems in the Romney Candidacy and the Death of the Old Right

It seems the survival of the Romney candidacy boils down to the up-coming debates. His election spells whether or not conservatism will survive as a philosophy in the United States. Unfortunately, whether he is victorious or not, old conservatism will …

October 2, 2012

Who Spends Wisest?

Filed under: Economics - 02 Oct 2012

The financial and economic meltdown of 2008 was preceded by large increases in government spending and monetary inflation that artificially lowered interest rates. Those interventionist policies fueled massive capital malinvestment, including housing and credit bubbles, all of which culminated in …

September 29, 2012

A Campaign Mystery

As obvious as it was in 1980 that Jimmy Carter needed to be ejected from the White House, it is even more plain today that the redistributionist, blame America, crony capitalist-loving statist who is currently in the Oval Office …

Romney Needs To Articulate His Plans For Dealing With Interest On Our Debt

So, here we are. It is four years after “Hope and Change”. That slogan proved to only be more psychobabble from a babbling fool who rode the saying right into the White House.

And here we are with Romney, …

September 22, 2012

The Winners and Losers From QE3

Filed under: Economics - 22 Sep 2012

The only doubt about the Federal Reserve’s decision to embark on a third round of quantitative easing was about when it would begin. It was a foregone conclusion that Chairman Ben Bernanke’s Fed would resort to more quantitative easing. Under …

Trying To Make The Barn Door Fly

We engineers have a saying: “Given enough thrust, even a barn door can fly.”

Now, one does not have to have a PhD in Aerospace Engineering to understand how non-aerodynamic a barn door is. But the saying is indeed true: if …

September 21, 2012

On Main Street USA and the Federal Reserve’s QE3

Filed under: Economics,In The News - 21 Sep 2012

V&V: Dr. Herbener, what does this latest announcement from the Fed mean for those of us average folks on Main Street, USA?

September 1, 2012

On God and Man on Wall Street

V&V: Dr. Columbus, why did you write this book?

Dr. Craig Columbus: The financial-scandal genre is a very crowded shelf. These books do a fine job of recounting Wall Street’s misdeeds. But no one had addressed the topic of fixing …

GM’s Volt Powerless To Resist Market Forces

GM has announced that it is shutting down and retooling the plant making their Chevy Volt because they are sitting on a three month backlog of proverbial ugly babies. That’s right, GM has 6,500 of the boondoggles just waiting to …

August 27, 2012

Growth, Not Gifts! A Solution to Student Loans

Filed under: Economics,Politically Incorrect Reality - 27 Aug 2012

President Obama has been arguing for a number of plans to reduce the burden of student loans such as artificially low interest rates and allowing for some loans to be discharged through bankruptcy. Many young adults are struggling with student …

August 25, 2012

Government Profit Motives

Filed under: American Government,Economics - 25 Aug 2012

Amtrak has lost more than $830 million on food and beverage service in the past 10 years. When it sells a $9.50 cheeseburger and a two dollar soda it loses more than $8.00.

Man vs. Himself on Wall Street

Filed under: Conservatism & Libertarianism,Economics - 25 Aug 2012

A costly computer trading glitch involving market maker Knight Capital has intensified the debate over the effects and value of high-frequency algorithmic trading.

August 20, 2012

The Tale of the Hitchhiker’s Recovery

Filed under: Economics - 20 Aug 2012

In light of claims that we’ve been in an economic recovery since late 2009, news such as the unemployment rate bumping up to 8.3 percent is disconcerting. Our so-called “recovery” is slower than Japan’s during its Lost Decade. In response, …

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