Posts Tagged ‘fiscal policy’

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    Indicators of Political Unrest

    Jun 12, 11 • 708 Views • No Comments

    Is political upheaval fueled by corruption? Low GDP per person? Less democracy? This Economist interactive indicator lists 9 variables. Together they add up to 100%. But the question for readers is how to weight the variables. Which ones could......  [read more]

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    Iowa and New Hampshire

    Jun 8, 11 • 427 Views • No Comments

    Knowing that ethanol subsidies drive up the price of corn and might even harm the economy, presidential candidates tend to support them. Why? Iowa. Which early voting states receive more federal dollars after a primary election? Probably not New Hampshire.......  [read more]

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    Old and Young States

    May 31, 11 • 434 Views • No Comments

    Maine is an old state. At 42.7, the median age of Maine’s population is the highest in the U.S. The youngest state is Utah (large families and many children), with a median age of 29.2. Other “young states” include Texas and Alaska. And,......  [read more]

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    A Medicare Check-up

    May 14, 11 • 442 Views • No Comments

    We could say that Medicare is currently a bit ill and the prognosis is not good. Last year it received some “medicine” through the Affordable Health Care Act but its caretakers, the Medicare trustees, question whether the treatment will work.......  [read more]

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    Euro Problems

    May 10, 11 • 468 Views • No Comments

    This country had a national railroad that received $100 million euros a year in revenue but had expenses of $700 million. All public jobs paid an average of 3 times what the private sector paid. Beauticians, musicians and radio announcers were retiring with......  [read more]