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A closer look at ‘Paycheck Fairness’

By Ralph R. Reiland
Here’s a headline from last week: “Senate Republicans vote to block Paycheck Fairness Act.” The quick and incorrect assumption is that Republicans are opposed to women getting equal pay for equal work. That’s exactly the type of interpretation sought by …

Disturbing numbers in the news

By Ralph R. Reiland
It’s a day of numbers as I’m writing this. First, there’s the news that from Jan. 1 through mid-March, 22 U.S. veterans daily, on average, committed suicide. Second, at least 13 people have been killed in car crashes blamed on …

Off the deep end on economics

By Ralph R. Reiland
Sen. John Kerry had Jon Bon Jovi to warm up the crowds prior to his lackluster speeches during the 2004 presidential race. I stopped by the Bon Jovi-Kerry rally in Oakland that year with some neo-redistribution friends, who thought it …

Economics from a Dem who ‘got it’

By Ralph R. Reiland
There’s a commonsense perspective and first-rate economic analysis in the ideas quoted below from a major speech by a top U.S. politician. His policy recommendations reveal a clear comprehension of economic incentives, human nature and the fact that people do …

Still picking the same pockets

By Ralph R. Reiland
In “Nothing Left: The long, slow surrender of American liberals,” a cover essay in the March 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine, University of Pennsylvania political science professor Adolph Reed Jr. argues that the “dynamic left” in American politics and the …

Obama, Romney & the Russian bear

By Ralph R. Reiland
With Russian troops in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, here’s a look back at how Barack Obama and Mitt Romney sized up Russia and Vladimir Putin during the 2012 presidential campaign. First, here’s an excerpt of Romney’s interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer …

A ‘Great Divide’ of junk economics

By Ralph R. Reiland
“The Great Divide” series of articles on inequality in The New York Times offers a textbook example of exaggerating the size of the hole and ignoring the donut. In “We Are Not All in This Together,” for instance, sociology professor …

Digging a bigger jobs hole

By Ralph R. Reiland
Across the board, public opinion in all three major political groups — Democrats, Republicans and independents — identified unemployment as the nation’s top problem in the latest Gallup poll, released on Feb. 17. The next day, ironically, an analysis by …

The cure for income inequality

By Ralph R. Reiland
President Obama has called income inequality the “defining challenge of our time.” A good start for Mr. Obama in fixing an economy with the slowest recovery since World War II — 13 million more people receiving food stamps than when …

The injustice of the inequality fixers

By Ralph R. Reiland
Here’s an actual business case about one person’s entrepreneurship, which provides some insight and economic reality to the growing debate about income inequality. At the extreme end of the political spectrum, some argue that almost any level of economic inequality …

Look in the mirror, Mr. President

By Ralph R. Reiland
The big story being spotlighted from the Vatican to the White House, from Oxfam to newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio in New York City, is economic inequality. “The human rights group Oxfam reported that the wealth of the world’s …

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