If you think America doesn’t need commercial farm labor, you don’t eat

A lot of activists we don't need farm labor because, "I can grow my own food." They must not eat. Look simply at one of the most popular farm products.  The average American eats 117 pounds of potatoes a year, which is about two bushels. A highly efficient potato farm, run by experts with commercial farm … Continue reading If you think America doesn’t need commercial farm labor, you don’t eat

The Market’s Glorious Resurrection of Mystery Science Theater 3000

Almost 20 years after being canceled, comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) has returned. During its original run in the 90s, MST3K earned a cult following by doing what pop culture does best, namely, taking a mundane idea and elevating it to an art form. For MST3K, the idea was to build a show … Continue reading The Market’s Glorious Resurrection of Mystery Science Theater 3000

Global finance leaders find a more temperate Trump in Washington

By Howard Schneider and Jan Strupczewski WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump took power in January pledging to overhaul a global order that he said cheated middle-class Americans with a promise to tear up trade agreements and impose tariffs on China and Mexico. Some of Trump's policy advisers named allies like Germany and Japan as possible … Continue reading Global finance leaders find a more temperate Trump in Washington

Why Record Numbers of Americans Are Renouncing Their Citizenship

Would you give up your citizenship in order to keep your bank account? That’s a question few Americans would ever want to confront, yet many Americans living abroad are now having to answer. A little-known tax law, known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, has resulted in some foreign banks no longer serving Americans. … Continue reading Why Record Numbers of Americans Are Renouncing Their Citizenship

Health Insurance and Good Health Are Not the Same Thing

Whether you’re into this sort of thing or not, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about healthcare policy these days. Public debate has roiled as Republican lawmakers attempt to make good on their seven-year promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As the debate rages on, one metric in particular appears to … Continue reading Health Insurance and Good Health Are Not the Same Thing

Does Canada Have More Economic Freedom Than the United States?

When speaking of Canada, conservatives laugh at our “socialist neighbor to the north” with its lavish social programs. The main point of contention is, of course, Canada's infamous “socialized healthcare," which has been viewed as the epitome of a system NOT to imitate because of its high costs and long waiting times. While, yes, Canada … Continue reading Does Canada Have More Economic Freedom Than the United States?

The federal debt is $20 trillion? Try $100 trillion

As the national debt grows toward $20 trillion, a financial watchdog says $100 trillion is a more realistic number when factoring in unfunded obligations. The U.S. Treasury’s “Debt to the Penny” website listed the outstanding debt as $19,846,045,559,411.81 on Monday morning and prognosticators are predicting when the amount will hit $20 trillion. Even Truth in … Continue reading The federal debt is $20 trillion? Try $100 trillion