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The economics of Obamacare from the customer’s perspective

April 1st, 2014 · No Comments

– Robert Light Much ink and bits have been written about the economics of Obamacare from the taxpayer’s perspective – but little has been written about Obamacare from the perspective of a consumer. In the “real world”, before you create a product, you spend a lot of time understanding your customer – what will motivate […]

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Tags: Healthcare · Political · Taxation · Uncategorized

Other family’s priorities – at what point do they involve me?

October 28th, 2013 · No Comments

– Robert Light I’m just going to say what I think a lot of people think…. The strange thing about discourse in today’s “healthcare debate” is that somehow a medical bill is ‘different’ in some way from any other kind of bill – that it’s somehow verboten that a medical bill should come in and […]

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Tags: Healthcare · Political · Taxation

Smaller government, lower taxes – what is the Tea Party really saying?

December 14th, 2012 · No Comments

– Robert Light There is great confusion in the United States over the advent of the “Tea Party”…. some say “TEA” means “Taxed Enough Already”.   Everyone is amazed that such a grass-roots movement just “sprang to life” and has become a dominant force in today’s political discourse. But what are the Tea Party folks […]

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Why should “Those who pay no taxes” care about tax rates?

September 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

– Robert Light Governor Romney, in a rather inept/inarticulate moment, commented that the 47% of American’s who pay no income taxes probably don’t care about the tax rates paid by the tax-paying segment of America. It was inept because it shouldn’t be true. The non-tax paying Americans ultimately pay dearly for the tax policies imposed […]

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Why “income redistribution” is bad.

September 19th, 2012 · No Comments

– Robert Light We all acknowledge, across the political spectrum, that one of the roles of government is to protect the sick and the elderly from poverty – in no just society should those who cannot fend for themselves be left to live a life of deprivation and hunger. I am not discussing about whether […]

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Tags: Political · Taxation

Krugman’s “loose speaking”…and thinking

August 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

Krugman says “Loosely speaking, excess debt has created a situation in which everyone is trying to spend less than their income. Since this is collectively impossible — my spending is your income, and your spending is my income — the result is a persistently depressed economy.”

This is both “loose speaking” and loose thinking.

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Tags: Political · Taxation

Krugman – Keynes was right?

December 30th, 2011 · No Comments

– Robert Light Krugman views debt as transfer of wealth within a later generation. He is right that it is a good for government to “invest” during a downturn – the investment is cheaper and it helps the economy. He is also right that public debt “owed to ourselves” is not a problem, per se. […]

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Tags: Hot Issues · Political · Taxation

America is lazy?

November 21st, 2011 · 3 Comments

– Robert Light President Obama recently made the observation that America has become lazy in how America has competed in the world markets.  A lot of criticism has been thrown his way by his opponents for making this statement claiming that it shows disrespect for the American work ethic. Those who have read my views […]

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Tags: Healthcare · Hot Issues · Political · Taxation

Mitt Romney says ‘corporations are people’

August 14th, 2011 · No Comments

– Robert Light Although I’m not entirely a “Mitt supporter”, I admire any politician when they speak the truth.  It was quite revealing…. the little tit-for-tat that occurred in Iowa.  The hecklers were convinced that corporations are “not people” and the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Shultz used this to explain herself… “Mitt Romney’s […]

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Tags: Political · Public Schools · Taxation

The real cost of the “Financial Crisis”

June 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

– Robert Light Much has been written about the causes which led to the “housing bubble” which led to a near financial meltdown.  Chief among these “causes” was the advent of the “Collateralized Debt Obligations” or CDOs.  If you are a glutton for punishment, you may read up on CDO’s here.   Suffice it to […]

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