Is Your Home State Popular?

The Erie Canal has always been my favorite. Initiated by a Clinton who wanted to be President (DeWitt Clinton, governor of NYS), the canal was completed in 1825. Because it connected Albany, NY to Buf…

Entitlement Spending: Aging Benefits

When you combine better health care with generous pensions you get (choose one):- – happy retirees – happy politicians – insufficiently funded national pension programs – the e…

Living Solo: Part 2

Soup and ready-made meals sales are soaring in Brazil. The reason is probably more singles. In the United Arab Emirates, if you are over 30 and female, there is a 60% chance you are unmarried. For Jap…

Aging Populations

Just remember 4-2-1-whenever you think of Chinese demographics. 4 refers to 2 grandmas and 2 grandpas, 2 is their adult children and 1 is the next generation. The social fabric of China is shifting. I…

State Dilemmas

Do higher taxes make you want to move? Hearing that taxes were going up in Illinois, the governor of Wisconsin said, “Escape to Wisconsin.” According to census figures, people do seem to b…

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