The Next Government Shutdown(?)

The date for the next government shutdown is set. April 29th, 2017. Maybe. As if this isn't dramatic enough, this date happens to lie up to be the 100th┬áday of the Presidency of one Donald Trump. If you want the history of this "first 100 days" thing, you can find more information here. There you'll… Continue reading The Next Government Shutdown(?)

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Beginner’s Economics of Immigration

Introduction First off, one of the latest news story was centering around Donald Trump's executive order to bar citizens of┬ácertain Muslim countries from legally entering the country, even if they have already been given approval. Let me be clear: this is not a "strong border" issue. This is not a safety thing. Thanks in no… Continue reading Beginner’s Economics of Immigration

The 20% “Tariff”

The President is floating an idea of a 20% tariff. This is one of the few topics that a vast majority of economists can agree on: this is a bad idea. It's an attempt to get Mexico to pay for the wall but will more likely lead to a trade war. Governments and businesses are more likely to benefit from a trade war than consumers. Protectionism in today's increasingly global economy is not a good idea.