Are You a Follower?

This sign in Arizona’s Petrified Forest was having little impact: “Your heritage is being vandalized every day by theft losses of petrified wood of 14 tons a year, mostly a small piece at …

Free or Fair Government?

I live in a town where I have to pay for garbage pick-up and recycling or I can dispose of it myself. The fire department is voluntary. Because there is no local high school, the town pays other schoo…

Top Earners

A quiz: Looking at the top 1% of earners, how many are in financial services? Close to 75%, 50%, 25% or 10%? The answer: 10% (or precisely 13.9%) Next… How much does the top 1% earn? The 1% thre…

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…

Dietary Incentives

Which would you choose? 2000 calories from 10 donuts that would cost you $5? or… 2000 calories from Greek yogurt, organic raspberries, a turkey avocado wrap, Alaskan King Salmon, green beans, a …

Inequality and Movie Stars

Did you know that Academy Award winners live longer than losers? Much more than a trivia fact, Academy Award winner longevity provided researchers with data about inequality. As reported in the May 15…

The Big Tradeoff

During the 2008 presidential campaign, when asked who is rich, John McCain jokingly said the dividing line was $5 million while Barack Obama said $150,000. Now, referring to proposed tax legislation, …

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