Political Calculations

Posted February 28, 2015

Aren't Hollywood actors supposed to be among the most ardent supporters of left wing causes?

Posted February 27, 2015

What is the truth behind Gov. Scott Walker's Wisconsin?

Posted February 26, 2015

Of all the things we never expected to find ourselves doing, providing policy guidance to the Federal Reserve is probably at the top of the list.

Posted February 23, 2015

What the world needs now is a better snow plow.

Posted February 19, 2015

How much might President Obama's executive action to "legalize" the immigration status of an estimated 5 million non-U.S. citizens who unlawfully entered the United States cost U.S. taxpayers?

Posted February 17, 2015

We found an interesting correlation between how Brent crude oil prices have changed and the value of the S&P 500 since the beginning of 2015.

Posted February 15, 2015

Want to see what a structural change in the U.S. economy looks like?

Posted February 14, 2015

Say what you will about the relationship between atmospheric carbon dioxide and increasingly questionable global temperature trends, but maybe CO2 can be used for a better purpose... Like measuring the state of the global economy!

Posted February 12, 2015

Greece's new Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, has started to lay out more detailed proposals to address Greece's economic situation, in which the nation finds itself both unable to pay back the money it has been borrowing to keep its government afloat and to grow its economy.

Posted February 11, 2015

As expected, China's economy rebounded a bit in December 2014. However, the size the rebound indicates that the nation's economic distress is continuing.

Posted February 08, 2015

How much would the U.S. federal government need to spend per household to even come close to balancing the annual U.S. federal budget?

Posted February 05, 2015

Greece has many problems, but perhaps the biggest problem that nation has had to cope with is the extremely poor leadership it has had since 2007.

Posted February 04, 2015

Going by the number of publicly-traded companies that acted to cut their dividends in January 2015, the U.S. economy didn't just experience recessionary conditions during the month. Instead, it outright contracted.

Posted January 31, 2015

How much should the Chief Executive Officer of a company be paid? Before we attempt to answer that question, let's see how much CEOs are currently paid.

Posted January 30, 2015

Going into Wednesday, 28 January 2015, investors had believed that the Fed was likely to indicate that the U.S. economy was performing solidly enough that it would begin to implement its plan to hike short term interest rates...

Posted January 29, 2015

In terms of affordability, 2014 became the worst year on record for the median price of new homes sold in the United States.

Posted January 22, 2015

With President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address now behind us, we thought we'd follow up on a 2011 post, which showed that the post-recession jobs recovery in the U.S. wasn't quite as good as claimed by the President's political supporters in the U.S. Congress.

Posted January 20, 2015

Via e-mail, one of our readers asked some very good questions, which frame the seemingly fortunate economic situation in the U.S. pretty well.

Posted January 15, 2015

For the third month in a row, our alternative measure of the relative health of China indicates that nation's economy is contracting.

Posted January 14, 2015

This is the last time that we're going to feature an updated version of the following chart, showing the change in the number of employed Americans by age group since the level of total employment peaked in the U.S. just ahead of the so-called Great Recession.