Tax reform 2017 – Can Republicans move beyond Trickle Down?

With the release of the Republicans’ new tax reform legislation imminent, I thought it might be a good time to revisit a Confronting Mediocrity post from 2010 titled, Top fractiles income share and the “good old days.” [1] The reasons for the renewed relevance of the post is that the Republicans’ new tax reform plan … More Tax reform 2017 – Can Republicans move beyond Trickle Down?

Donald Trump, America’s CEO (Chief Entropy Officer)

Entropy: “Lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.” [1] I first wrote about the metaphor of sociopolitical entropy in a 2010 posting [2] noting that President Obama’s challenge to restore order and organization in Afghanistan was considerably more difficult than it was to plunge that country further into the chaos of war through military action. … More Donald Trump, America’s CEO (Chief Entropy Officer)

Big Pharma intensifies its efforts to tell you you’re sick.

Despite a vote by the American Medical Association (AMA) in 2015 recommending that Direct to Consumer Advertising (DTCA) be banned [1], the pharmaceutical industry (Big Pharma) continues to spend billions of dollars each year on consumer-targeted media campaigns. A year after the AMA vote to ban such advertising, the industry responded by increasing their 2015 DTCA … More Big Pharma intensifies its efforts to tell you you’re sick.

Trump and Russia -Too many coincidences (Trump и Россия – Слишком много совпадений)

How many coincidences does it take to establish causality? The reality is that causality can never be established by coincidences, and attempting to do so risks falling into the realm of conspiracy theories. But, every so often, coincidences turn out to be the visible expressions of an underlying network of collusion. There must be a … More Trump and Russia -Too many coincidences (Trump и Россия – Слишком много совпадений)