Buying a house is a huge financial decision that will impact your life for over a decade. It is far too important to be left to folksy catch-phrases. If you’re debating whether to buy a house or continue renting, you should definitely spend some time looking into buy-vs-rent calculators, of which there are many: NerdwalletNYTimesRealtor … Continue reading Buy vs Rent – Ignore the Rent on the House You’re Looking To Buy and Live In
As a lifelong liberal, I’m firmly of the opinion that America needs to do more to shore up its middle class. I’m strongly in favor of taxing the rich, cutting taxes on the middle class, increasing the EITC (or at the very least increasing the minimum wage), and beefing up social services such as public … Continue reading Competition is Good, Cartels are Bad, and so too are Unions
I was recently debating a philosophical conundrum with some friends, when I realized that something that seemed morally obvious to me was actually considered abominable by others. Something that made me realize that our common understanding of morality may not be nearly as common as I had thought. Some tangential context that sets the stage. … Continue reading Would you get Blood on your Hands to Save a Life?
Picture this. You get hired on the same day as a colleague. Both of you have the same qualifications, and will be doing the same job. The main difference you can discern is that your colleague is a married man and main breadwinner for his family, whereas you are a single woman with no kids. … Continue reading Should Parents get Paid more than Singles?
As we watch the shocking videos of Kabul falling to the Taliban, the seeds that led to this disaster become clear. confidential effort on “Lessons Learned” conducted by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, an agency created by Congress, painted a devastating picture of corruption, incompetence, lack of motivation and other … Continue reading The Fall of Afghanistan shows the Failure of Democracy
Light red cells indicate elections where the party's representation in Congress is significantly less than its share of the popular vote. Bright green cells indicate elections where the loser of the popular vote ends up winning control of Congress. Senate elections are grouped into 3x blocks, since the entire senate goes up for election over … Continue reading Congress v. Popular Vote
In past articles, we have discussed how big-corporations, particularly in the financial industry, put at risk our economy and financial system. Recent events around Gamestop trading, have served as a perfect illustration of the risks and dangers inherent to Big Banks. Context: There has recently been a frenzy of trading activity in shares of Gamestop. … Continue reading GaME On – Big Corporations are Harmful to the Free Market
When your father suffers a heart attack and needs emergency surgery, who would you rather have operating on him? An inspiring doctor who lost an arm in a tragic car accident, and still heroically manages to attain an average level of success as a surgeon?Or the son of a multimillionaire who has breezed through life … Continue reading Meritocracies Are Unfair – And That’s The point
Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I never shrink away from controversial opinions and unusual ideas. Not least of which is my belief that we should conduct elections using randomly selected juries in a court of law, not mass voting. When I tell people of this idea, I’m usually met with blank faces … Continue reading Reasons to Replace the Popular Vote
Conventional opinion says that there are 2 main camps in American politics, when it comes to wealth redistribution. You have one camp that is opposed to wealth redistribution as a principle. They believe that economic policy should be designed to generate as much aggregate wealth as possible. And when it comes to distribution, let the … Continue reading Both Parties Support Wealth Redistribution – They Just Disagree On Who Should Get It