Tagged: Politics

MBTA considering halting weekend service

I urge people from MA to sign the following petition. Halting weekend commuter rail service would be a detriment to the city, state and the environment. Visit the site to see the wording of the petition. Subject: Save Jobs, Environment & Accessibility Hi, In an effort to reduce the deficit of Massachusetts’ public transit system […]

Which US Presidents Grew the Public Debt Fastest?

This figure, based on US treasury numbers, is in nominal dollars. Each president is credited with the debt created in the year after leaving office since budgets are largely set the year before. Democratic presidents were in office for $4.6 trillion in debt since 1960, Republican presidents for $9.9 trillion. The rate of increase in […]

Brocolli and Insurance Mandate

This is an excellent short NEJM article summarizing why the federal government does have the authority to mandate that people buy health insurance.   Written by a Harvard Law School professor. The Irrelevance of the Broccoli Argument against the Insurance Mandate Einer Elhauge, J.D. N Engl J Med 2012; 366:e1January 5, 2012 Favorite passage: “Others argue […]

Kotikoff is running for president!

Our own BU Economics professor Larry Kolikoff is running for president. http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/05/news/economy/laurence_kotlikoff_2012/ Here is his announcement. http://kotlikoff2012.org/ He is proposing to run in the American’s Elect party. http://www.americanselect.org/ Good luck Larry!