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Must Reads For The Week 10/22/16

October 21, 2016

A NATIONALIZED SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS THE GOAL

Obama On Skyrocketing Obamacare Premiums, “I Had Nothing To Do With It” at tammybruce.com. Obamacare created the incentives that produced the “skyrocketing insurance premiums”. I would say Obama is a moron, but he is just a typical politician.

Obamacare Premiums Are Going Up, Up, Up. This is a great explanation of why the costs are going up. It is by design.

Obama’s Plan Was Always To Cook The Frog Slowly And Turn Obamacare Into Hillarycare Nationalized HealthCare, at economicpolicyjournal.com. We have been saying this from the start. Obamacare was the next step toward a government-run single payer healthcare system. No one wants to believe that it was designed to fail. But is was.

Hillary Email Confirms She Wants Obamacare To Collapse, at economicpolicyjournal,com. Hillary has been working for nationalized healthcare for years.

ELECTION STUFF

Why Did Vote-Rigging Robert Creamer Visit The White House Over 200 Times During Obama Administration, at zerohedge.com. Trump talking about a rigged election takes away from the fact that there has been voter fraud  going on for years. And the Democrats are the perps.

Fact Check: Hillary Lied Said 90% Of Clinton Foundations Go To Charity. Actual Number? 5.7%, at informationliberation.com. The Clinton Foundation is nothing more than a money laundering scheme for the Clintons and their cronies. Where does 94.3% of the money go?

“The Sons Of Alinsky” Getting Paid $3:00 An Hour To Protest Low Pay, at economicpolicyjournal.com. The fact that they are paying for a rent a mob for political dirty tricks is one thing. Paying them $3 an hour while trying to mandate a $15  minimum wage on the rest of us is something else. Do as I say not as I do.

Clinton’s False Assurances About Her Respect For The Second Amendment, by Jacob Sullum, at reason.com. Do you believe Hillary Clinton when she says this? I don’t believe a word she says.  “I did not send any classified Emails on my email server”.

Leaked Audio: Clinton Says Supreme Court Is ‘Wrong’ On Second Amendment, at freebeacon.com. Some of my Democrat friends tell me that they don’t want to take guns away. I tell them that’s great, but you are not the leaders of your party. I believe them. But Hillary? That’s a different story. If she gets elected, the left will be ready to act when she appoints a Supreme Court Justice. They will bring a gun rights case to a friendly district court which will eventually make its way to the Supreme Court. The court will overturn the Heller case in a 5-4 decision, and the second amendment will be meaningless words on paper. Mark my words.

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

ECONOMIC STUFF

Why The Hell Is Socialism Gaining So Much Popularity? at economicpolicyjournal.com. Many people think socialism is the government helping people in need (aka a safety net). This is not socialism. Socialism is government ownership of the means of production. There is a difference between a free market economy hampered by government, and the government owning the means of production. Look at Venezuela if you want to see the results of Socialism.

Harassing Uber, at economicpolicyjournal.com. The status quo taxi cartel is trying to get the government to use its monopoly power to protect the cartel’s monopoly position that was originally created by government.

How Regulation Protects Established Firms, by Peter G. Klein, at mises.org. Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein admits that, “…burdensome regulation acts as a moat around our business.” Government props up the status quo making it tougher for new competitors to enter the market.

Is Your Personal Trade Surplus With The Rest Of The World A Problem?, at fee.org. Trump and Hillary are ignorant when it comes to trade. A trade deficit or a trade surplus is meaningless economically, but politically they are of great benefit for the politician.

We Can Build Our Way Out Of The Housing Crisis, by Steven Greenhut, at reason.com. The reason prices for homes in California are so high is because Government restrictions and regulations constrain the supply of housing. Low supply and high demand means higher prices. The high prices ration the short supply.

Highest-Paying College Majors, Gender Composition Of Students Earning Degrees In Those Fields, And The Gender Pay Gap, by Mark Perry, at carpediemblog. There is a gender pay gap because of the decisions made by men and women. Here are the top seven degrees by percentage of men and women who earn them, and the average salaries of the jobs people get when they graduate with these degrees. The subjective value of men and women is obviously different.

MEN

Computer Science                    82%    $70,000

Information Technology        82%    $64,008

Management Info. Systems   82%    $58,000

Electrical Engineering             80%    $68,438

Mechanical Engineering         80%   $68,000

Chemical Engineering             80%   $65,000

Industrial Engineering            80%   $64,381

WOMEN

Nursing                   84%   $58,928

Social Work             82%   $41,656

Education                80%   $43,000

Psychology             77%   $42,000

English                     69%   $45,000

Spanish                    69%   $44,256

Journalism              65%   $45,000

Communications    65%   $44,190

 

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Must Reads For The Week 8/15/15

August 14, 2015

The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

Fed Finally Figures Out Soaring Student Debt Is Reason For Exploding College Costs, at zerohedge.com. The Fed has figured out that when money, from debt and money printing, is injected into a particular area of the economy, it raises the price (creates a bubble). Does this revelation hold true for all of the Feds printed money that has gone into the stock market?

The Doctor Won’t See You Now, at Forbes.com.  The laws of economics will be strictly obeyed.  The money quote from the article, “Many exchange policies limit patients’ choices of doctors and hospitals in order to keep premiums down in the face of Obamacare’s intrusive regulations and costly mandates.”  Who could have predicted that?

Navajo Nation Vows To Hold EPA Accountable, at zerohedge.com.  The EPA is responsible for releasing 1 Million, 3 Million gallons of toxic waste water into Colorado’s Animus River.  Like all Government agencies they are currently blaming the contractor for the accident.  Tough luck for New Mexico and Utah who are downstream from the toxic release.  I haven’t heard a peep from the media or environmental groups about this.  I guess it’s neither illegal nor a big deal if the government does it.  I wish the Navajo nation good luck in any lawsuit.  It’s great to be the tyrant, king!

Did EPA Intentionally Poison Animus River To Secure SuperFund Money?, at zerohedge.com.  It appears that a retired geologist predicted that the EPA would foul the Animus River a week before it actually occurred.  The implications of his accusations are chilling.  Never let a good crisis go to waste?

The Battle Intensifies: Police Raid Uber’s Hong Kong Office, at economicpolicyjournal.com.  Car Wars! Return of the Jitneys continues.  At this point, a rational government would realize they can’t put the genie back in the bottle.  Protecting special interests always trumps rationality but it can’t defeat the basic laws of economics.

Going Breadless in Venezuela, at economicpolicyjournal.com.  Socialism and price controls rear their ugly head again as bread shortages are the new norm in Venezuela.  Weren’t there food riots last week?  Don’t they have a toilet paper shortage as well?  Hey, let them eat cake!  Sorry, that’s reserved for the rulers.

Minimum Wage Effect?, at Carpe Diem Blog.  January to June job losses for Seattle area restaurants reaches 1300.  While there are many reasons for declining employment, artificially raising the price of labor means you will have less of it.  Businesses must make adjustments to increased costs.  My guess is that one unintended consequence will be less tipping for servers.

China’s Currency Policy: Devastating Manipulation or a Form of Generous Foreign Aid to Americans?, at Carpe Diem Blog.  This is a very different take on China’s recent efforts to devalue their currency.  Government intervention in currency whether it is printing counterfeit money, zero point interest rates, fractional reserve banking, or devaluing will always have unforeseen and negative consequences.  As for devaluing currency, how do you jump off a cliff halfway?

The Disturbing Messages In Police Recruiting Videos, at The Washington Post.  You don’t have to watch all the videos to get the point.  Why would you stress violent confrontation in your recruiting videos?  Even the Marine Corps doesn’t do that and they have the best military recruiting videos bar none.  If it is part of the recruiting tactics then it is likely the emphasis of their training.  When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  Make sure you check out the last recruiting video by the Decatur Alabama police.  Quite the difference!

Serfdom USA!, at economicpolicyjournal.com.  Let’s end the week with some laughs.  This is for all of the true Austrian Economics Addicts out there.

 

‘CAR WARS’ Return Of The Jitneys

July 20, 2015

UBER vs. THE TAXI CARTEL

The battle between upstart competitor Uber and the monopoly held by the taxi cartel isn’t anything new. Around 1915, owner operated taxi services called ‘jitneys’, fought this battle against the government created rail transportation monopoly. The rise of Uber and their battle with the taxi cartel reminded me of something I read in Thomas Sowell’s book Knowledge and Decisions, published in 1980. (Everyone should read this book.) In the chapter, Trends in Economics, Dr. Sowell talks about “forcibly changing costs” through government regulation. Here are his words. Does this sounds eerily similar to what Uber is doing?

“The history of American transportation, from municipal bus and street lines to railroads and airlines is a history of government – imposed cross-subsidies. Initially, municipal transit was privately owned by a number of firms operating streetcars along various routes. The creation of city-wide franchises – monopolies – was usually accompanied by fixed fares, regardless of distance traveled or transfers required. “

“When a price is simply made higher by government fiat…it conveys a false picture of the “society”, thereby causing potential consumers to forego the product even though others are perfectly willing to supply it for a price that they are willing to pay.”

“Like most price discriminators, municipal transit was vulnerable to competitors who chose to serve the overcharged segment of their customers. Around 1914-1915, the mass production of the automobile led to the rise of owner-operated bus and taxi services costing five cents and therefore called “jitneys” the current slang for nickles:”

“The jitneys were owner-operated vehicles which essentially provided a competitive market in urban transportation with the usual characteristics of rapid entry and exit, quick adaptation to changes in demand, and, in particular, excellent adaptation to peak load demands. Some 60 percent of the jitneymen were part-time operators, many of whom simply carried passengers for nickel on trips between home and work. Consequently, cities were crisscrossed with an infinity of home-to-work routes every rush hour.

The jitneys were put down in every American city to protect the street railways and, in particular, to perpetuate the cross-subsidization of the street railways city-wide fare structures. As a result, the public moved to automobiles as private rather than common carriers…”

“The rush-hour traffic congestion caused by thousands of people going to work separately in individual automobiles has been denounced by social critics as “irrational” and explained by some mysterious psychological attraction of Americans to automobiles. It is, however, a perfectly rational response to the incentives and constraints conveyed. The actual costs and benefits of automobile-sharing are forcibly prevented from being conveyed by prices. As in other areas, claims of public irrationality are a prelude to arguments for a government-imposed “solution” to the “problem”. As in other areas, it is precisely the government’s use of force to prevent the accurate transmission of knowledge through prices that leads to the suboptimal systemic results which are articulated as irrational intentional results of a personified “society”.”

“…maintenance of incumbent transportation entities, often implies the maintenance of incumbent technologies ie., subsidized obsolescence, resisting the phasing out of existing modes of operation, as competing modes arise…..competing modes with technological or organizational advantages are either penalized or prohibited (as in the case of the jitneys), to preserve incumbent organizations and technology.”

MONOPOLIES CAN’T EXIST WITHOUT GOVERNMENT SANCTION

Uber is the modern-day version of the jitneys from 100 years ago. The taxi cartel is the protected “incumbent transportation entity”. The street rail system couldn’t foresee a competitor until a new technology, the automobile, came into existence, just as the taxi cartel couldn’t foresee a competitor until a ride sharing app came into existence. Government created monopolies look to government for help in stifling competition. When a business begins to expand because they win a larger share of the market, its efforts turn away from serving customers and toward protecting their market position. They lobby government to pass regulations making it more difficult, if not illegal, for competitors to enter the market. The combination of big business and big government is toxic to the economy and consumers.

FREE MARKETS OR CENTRAL PLANNING

In this article, Once A Sure Bet, Taxi Medallions Becoming Unsellable, there is a video of a Chicago taxi driver complaining about Uber drivers not having to jump through all the government hoops that taxi drivers have to jump through to be licensed to drive people around. He doesn’t realize that he is actually making the case against government intervention into the taxi industry. Starting with the price of the taxi medallion and going through all the other costly regulations is an indictment of government, not Uber.

This article, Major Trouble For Uber In California, is an example of governments trying to regulate Uber, at the cost of the consumer. Politicians and bureaucrats don’t understand that a free market creates the incentive for businesses to provide great service, or the consumer has an option of going to a competitor. Under a government created monopoly system the business has no incentive to provide great service for the consumer, because there are no competitors, (Think DMV) read this article, Uber vs Big Taxi: Time To Resolve Driver Complaints – Seconds/Days vs. Years.

The consumer pays a higher price because the supply of cabs is limited to the amount of medallions issued by the government. In a free market supply and demand coordinates the number of cab  drivers and passengers at a particular price. Allowing the price to change, allows supply and demand to be continually coordinated according to the changing values of demanders and suppliers.

HOW UBER WORKS

 

The ride sharing Genie is out of the proverbial bottle. Governments can’t stop it. With how quickly technology changes, don’t be surprised if something different comes along that will challenge Uber as the most cost effective way of transporting people from one place to another. Can you say, “Beam me up Scottie”?

 

Related ArticleAre People Smarter Today Compared To People 100 Years Ago?, at austrianaddict.com.