Responding to Harvard Magazine’s insane article on homeschooling

I wasn't going to respond to that spectacularly ignorant article in Harvard Magazine about homeschooling because it falls into the "someone is wrong on the Internet" category from which no edifying debate can emerge. But so many readers have hate-shared it with me now that it would be more efficient for me to fisk it … Continue reading Responding to Harvard Magazine’s insane article on homeschooling

Fascinating article on Bill Gates’ relationship with the World Health Organization

It has been interesting / frustrating to watch how the coronavirus response became mostly uniform and path-dependent across the globe, with only a few outlier countries who refused to shut down their economies and no serious questions asked regarding whether the immense economic sacrifice was justified. Essentially two things made that happen: (1) initially nonchalant … Continue reading Fascinating article on Bill Gates’ relationship with the World Health Organization

Nancy Pelosi is now okay with Medicare for All, quelle surprise

I argued in a couple earlier posts that Democrats are most likely to nominate a progressive candidate this election cycle, which is the opposite of what they need to take on Trump. This has nothing to do with their arguments and everything to do with math. If you tally up the support in polls for … Continue reading Nancy Pelosi is now okay with Medicare for All, quelle surprise

People are ditching New York for lower-cost states, so New York lawmakers want to raise taxes even higher

New York currently faces a massive structural budget gap. The state is not bringing in enough revenues to fund its programmatic spending binges. And on top of that, the state is losing population to low-tax states like Florida. This exodus includes some of the state's highest earners, corporations, and investment managers. Data suggest that the … Continue reading People are ditching New York for lower-cost states, so New York lawmakers want to raise taxes even higher

Google Trends shows how little interest there is in the impeachment clown show

Morning Consult has an article today saying their polling shows impeachment is not making Trump any less popular. His approval rating has remained statistically unchanged in 37 states, including most battleground states in the presidential election. Right now, Trump is on par with past presidents who have been easily re-elected in terms of support. If … Continue reading Google Trends shows how little interest there is in the impeachment clown show

How the AARP scams seniors on health insurance

I feel like I am a fairly cynical person when it comes to government and finance. I enjoy the whodunit aspect of corruption - i.e. the wonky mechanics of some scheme that participants never imagined someone would pay attention to. But corruption itself rarely surprises me anymore. It's ubiquitous in Washington DC. Before today, I … Continue reading How the AARP scams seniors on health insurance

The amount of money leaving New York for Florida is unreal

From the Miami Herald: From the days of Henry Flagler through decades of retirees, northerners have found their way to South Florida. But this time, local development officials say, is different.No longer are they seeking second-home sanctuaries. Many are now bringing their businesses...The DDA’s numbers tell the story. The number of SEC-registered investment advisors in … Continue reading The amount of money leaving New York for Florida is unreal

How idiotic is Elizabeth Warren’s tax plan? This idiotic.

Remember how I suggested progressive candidates' spending plans would contribute to a major sell-off in financial markets and lots of people losing their jobs? From the Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth Warren's Tax Plan Would Bring Rates Over 100% For Some: Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has unveiled sweeping tax proposals that would push federal tax … Continue reading How idiotic is Elizabeth Warren’s tax plan? This idiotic.

Interesting (and tedious) tidbits from Nikki Haley’s new book

So I read Nikki Haley's new book, With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace last night. I am mostly ambivalent about it. I like Haley personally and always imagined she'd end up being the first female president. And I love everything associated with South Carolina. To be honest, however, I wasn't very … Continue reading Interesting (and tedious) tidbits from Nikki Haley’s new book