US Oil Exports Soar
U.S. oil imports have been steadily decreasing from 2005 through 2011, with U.S. exports steadily increasing by lots more. Current-trend projections show the U.S. will be a net oil exporter by around 2017. Incredible. That's got to be a shock for those who chant "Drill, Baby, Drill" and "Drill Here, Drill Now", thinking that increased U.S. production will be used here to reduce gas prices.
'Free Market' Fundamentalism
It's not either "free market" or "government". It's both-and. What's called the "free market" does not solve all problems and, in fact, creates many problems.
Colorado Springs: A Broken Region
While it's true that Colorado Springs government is broken, it's worse than that. The whole region is broken; its policies are structurally unsound. Here's why:
Economist Robert Samuelson frets about the prospect of a trade war with China, invoking the perils of protectionism by way of the likes of the Smoot-Hawley tariff of 1930. That's nonsense because Smoot-Hawley could not possibly have contributed to the severity of the Great Depression; Besides, we're been in a trade war for decades; we not just lost it, we've surrendered.
The Growth Trap
Conflict around growth issues arises because, though both sides are logical, one uses "individual logic," the other "collective logic." Individual logic: "Do what's logical for me." Collective logic: "Do what's logical for the whole."
Growth Facts of Life
This short essay summarizes the "facts of life" about growth.
The Trouble with TABOR
The problem with TABOR is that approving development with TABOR is like charging a credit card and then not paying the bill. It locks the barn door after the horse has been stolen. It's misguided public policy that contributes to the government dysfunction the "Doug Bruces" complain about.
Taxes: 2C or Not 2C?
Sean Paige's appointment to City Council wasn't just a jolt ("Turn the Paige" 10/22); it adds insult to injury. It's exactly libertarian ideology that's led to Colorado Springs' economic collapse. This explains how.
Single-Payer Health Insurance
Privatized health insurance without universal coverage doesn't work. Why? First, it's fatally flawed because of adverse selection. Added to that are a bunch of other reasons. When privatized there's less U.S. innovation, higher costs, personal bankruptcy, death, corporations between patients and doctors, obscene CEO pay, and high overhead & profit. Because the new law keeps private insurance companies, it isn't what we need, but it is Constitutional.
There's no 'free market' for Labor
"Free market" ideologues believe that wages are determined by labor market supply and demand. It isn't true. There is no "free market" for labor. This article explains the manipulation and its result: "employees' share of the value added in the U.S. economy has fallen to its lowest point since records were first kept in 1947 -- and the rate of decline is accelerating." Fox's Bolling: We Should Emulate China With No Labor Laws Or Minimum Wage