Monthly Archives: March 2008

>Book Review – "Where Does the Money Go? Your Guide to the Federal Budget Crisis"

>I just finished reading the book, “Where does the Money Go?” Here’s an interview with PBS’ Bill Moyers and the authors: Bill Moyers interview with the authors If you are at all interested, go buy this book and read it. … Continue reading

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>Cherry Blossoms and Shoupian Pricing

>Those who know me well have heard me once or twice rant about how parking is too cheap. Here’s a great example of the phenomenon: Washington Post on Cherry Blossoms Parking Due to the mass of tourists trying to come … Continue reading

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>Finished book

>I just realized that I hadn’t updated on completing the book, “The Myth of the Rational Voter”. The thesis can be better explained as follows: “People are rational when they have incentives to do so that outweigh the costs. Society … Continue reading

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>Don Shoup demonstrates

>Ok, so I’ve recommended “The High Cost of Free Parking” to you, either in person, or by email, but you don’t want to pay $60 for a 700-page book on Parking. Fair enough. Watch this video instead: Don Shoup plays … Continue reading

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>The Economics of Charitable Giving

>A friend and I were discussing the deductibility of charitable giving over email the other day, so it was a fortunate coincidence that I found this article: NYT Article What I thought was most interesting was that the experiments performed … Continue reading

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>A little class warfare

>Now, I don’t usually like “soak the rich” arguments, but this article got me going: Tax Policy Blog Article The cool thing about being incredibly well compensated is that you don’t have to pay much tax. Their average income tax … Continue reading

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>Walmart Vs. Starbucks

>Ok, so the last few posts have been total downers, so on the lighter side, I found this gem of a blog: starbucks vs. walmart by state It’s a mapping by state of how many Starbucks per capita versus Walmarts. … Continue reading

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>Another question on the source of Medicare funding

>The same friend writes: Wikipedia also tells me: “By dollars paid, the U.S. Social Security program is the largest government program in the world and the single greatest expense in the federal budget, with 20.9% for social security and 20.4% … Continue reading

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>Another question on Foreign Pensions

>Same Friend, different question: Old Age Pensions in different countries: Canada: C$502.31 per month (decreasing gradually if you make between 65 and 105k)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Age_Security Ireland: I think ” The current state social welfare pension is €11,611.60 per year (or €223.30 per … Continue reading

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>Social Security Question

>A friend writes me: > The problem is that after 2018 we start paying back the money in the trust fund, which means that the SS taxes are no longer a net positive in the budget. So, we’ll have to … Continue reading

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