economics Archive

Potpourri: Transgender Military Bans and Microchips (Episode 50)

Potpourri: Transgender Military Bans and Microchips (Episode 50) Two recent stories came out recently, neither of which we thought we could riff on for 30 minutes: Trump’s ban of transgender people in the military and the microchipping of employees by a Wisconsin company. So we combined the two topics in one episode. Enjoy! Links related to this episode: Trump announces ban on transgender individuals serving …

I Would Be In Favor of Saving Jobs if I Hated Economic Growth (Episode 49)

There’s a lot of buzz in the news these days about jobs being eliminated through automation: machinery, computers, artificial intelligence, etc. But why so much concern today? From the early days of humanity, advancements in technology has made humans more productive and wealthier, not the opposite. Sure, there are people who lose jobs when a new innovation makes an occupation obsolete. But the human resources …

Never Mind the Bullocks! Here are the Realities of the Minimum Wage. (Episode 45)

A recent study by the University of Washington found negative effects of the minimum wage increase implemented by Seattle in the last few years. In a progressive city like Seattle, this wasn’t what they wanted to hear (which is probably why they commissioned UC Berkley to do another study, which, SURPRISE!… said that the minimum wage increase was just jim dandy!) But what’s the reality? …

Sorry…Healthcare is a Consumer Good, Not a Human Right (Episode 41)

Another recent Facebook kerfuffle in which Pat and I were involved brought out a liberal cliché about healthcare – it’s a human right. You’ve probably heard this a lot lately, especially with the trouble Obamacare’s been having and the push for a single-payer system in the wake of the current efforts by Republicans to repeal and replace. Of course, the single-payer or government-run concept in …