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Making America Great Again

Monday, March 7th, 2016

It’s clear that in spite of boisterous bad behavior, a lack of workable policies and a few very bad ideas, Donald Trump is the odds-on favorite to become the Republican nominee for president of the United States.

Why?  It may be that his theme of “Making America Great Again” is resonating with voters.

While starting trade wars and building a wall to keep out Mexicans would have the opposite impact, American greatness could emerge as the theme of this campaign.

That’s because, as the charts below demonstrate, America’s greatness has faded mightily during President Obama’s administration.  Home ownership, median family income and labor force participation has plummeted.  Meanwhile, student loan debt, the use of food stamps (aka the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP), federal debt, money printing, healthcare costs and—not coincidentally—black inequality have soared.20160301_obama_0

So voters have latched onto The Donald as the anti-Obama.

Why Candidate Trump Exists

In fact, former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, whose own presidential candidacy never gained any traction, notes in The Wall Street Journal that Presidential candidate Trump would not exist if not for President Obama. (more…)

Obamacare’s Economic Impact

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

What would be a more effective way to increase employment and boost the economy – continue quantitative easing or repeal Obamacare?

The answer is obvious to anyone paying attention.  After more than five years of quantitative easing and nearly $4 trillion in bond buying, the unemployment rate is still 7.6%, which is well above the targeted rate of 6.5%.

But, as we’ve pointed out before, that U-3 unemployment rate is deceiving, as it doesn’t include people who have given up looking for work and it counts part-time employees as if they were fully employed.

As we reported in April, 90 million Americans had given up looking for work, which is why the unemployment rate dropped to 7.6%.

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Healthcare For All – Like it Or Not

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Constitutionality of Obamacare by a 5-4 vote will mean different things to different people.

Even its impact on healthcare companies will vary.  Health insurers will face pricing pressure, although those that benefit from Medicaid spending stand to benefit from increased funding.  However, the ruling limited the law’s plans to expand Medicaid, determining that the federal government cannot without a state’s entire Medicaid allotment if it fails to participate in Obamacare.

Medical device companies, likewise could feel some strain, while manufacturers of diagnostic tests and hospitals could benefit.