The Economics of Seizing a Super-Yacht

Super-yacht economics involve astronomical maintenance and storage expenses that governments have to absorb after a seizure.

Student Loan Debate Dilemmas

Misleading when we just look at $50,000 or $10,000, the student loan debate takes us to a long and complicated cost and benefit list.

A Global Look at Spending and Taxes

Comparing national spending and taxes in the United States to other similar countries, we see big differences.

How the James Webb Space Telescope Takes Us Back Billions of Years and Billions of Dollars

In so many different ways, ranging from time to money, the James Webb Telescope is about billions of years and dollars.

How Can You Cut $3.5 Trillion That Will Build Back Better?

To begin to grasp President Biden’s spending proposals and the spending cuts debate, we need to understand big numbers.

A Brief and Basic Primer On the Federal Debt

Knowing that the trillions spent on pandemic relief will accelerate the growth of the federal debt, we can ask where we will get money.

Where State Money Can Come From

Billions of dollars of pandemic rescue money was added to state revenue dollars that varied in size and source from place to place.

What Can We Learn From Japan?

Looking back at the Japanese economy and ahead at the United States, we can ask if we will have similar fiscal and monetary results.

Apples, Oranges, and the Global Covid-19 Fiscal Response

Trying to compare the incomparable, we sometimes say it’s like apples and oranges because they are so different. It turns out that they aren’t that different but they’re not really similar either:   The same is true for the Covid-19…

How Present and Past Social Spending Could Connect

At more than $2 trillion, the cost of the March 2020 CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act was double what we spent on Social Security in 2019. As a pandemic relief package, CARES Act checks were directed toward…