January 2019 Friday’s e-links: From Slowbalization to the Psychology of Food and Libraries

Friday’s e-links: Today we share an episode of the Trade Talks podcast that talks about the slowdown in globalization through three lenses.

Why We Might Have Another Partial Government Shutdown

To see why another partial government shutdown is a possibility, we can look at the Congress’s continuing resolutions (CRs).

The One Big Reason We Can’t Really Cut the Federal Deficit

It is tough to be a deficit hawk.   Rather than our typical spike in wartime spending, we have a peacetime deficit. (Please note that the federal deficit is just how much spending exceeds revenue during one year.):   Spending for……

Secretary of the Treasury: Jack Lew’s Signature

Asked why his signature on US currency differed from the usual way he had been signing his name, Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner explained that it had to be legible. With most people assuming that President Obama’s Chief of…

A New View of the Fiscal Cliff and Greece

Merle Hazard’s newest song is “Fiscal Cliff.” While he recorded his “Greek Debt Song” several years ago, it still is relevant and fun to watch. Econlife looked at fiscal cliff details here and, for more on Greece, you might want to…

Plane Train Competition

Should government subsidize a railroad? Our story starts during the 1970s when you could fly from New York to Washington, D.C. on the Eastern shuttle. Eastern left hourly (!) and guaranteed a seat to everyone who showed up for the…

Part 2: The Basics of a Shutdown

On Friday, we might have a funding gap. With no up-to-date appropriations, agencies providing nonessential services from the federal government will have to stop. But what is “nonessential?” A recent congressional research paper says we can look back to 1995…