If It Is a Day Whose Name Ends with the Letter “Y,” It’s Time to Write about Obamacare Failures

The president of the United States believes that in the Internet age, he can still flush his narrative about Obamacare down the memory hole. I am glad that Ron Fournier is on the case to keep this from happening, but the fact that the White House tried to rewrite history ought to disturb honest people: …

Is This the Best We Can Do?

More bad employment numbers: The painfully long and slow recovery of the American economy stumbled last month as employers added a disappointing 162,000 jobs, the government reported on Friday, leaving uncertainty about the timing of the Federal Reserve’s plans to begin tapering its extraordinary efforts to revive healthy growth after the financial crisis that hit …

In Some Blog Posts, I Don’t Even Have to Offer Editorial Comments

Link: In order to ensure Americans understand how to access the benefits available to them when many provisions of the Affordable Care Act go online October 1, the Obama administration announced last month that it is setting up a call center that will be accessible to Americans 24 hours a day.  One branch of that call center will …

Health Care “Reform” and a Revealing Quote

Remember the Obama administration's decision to delay the implementation of the employer mandate section of Obamacare? Sure you do. Now, check out the following quote from Democratic operative Chris Lehane on why the delay is a good idea for the Obama administration and for Democrats: "You’d have preferred to avoid this. On the other hand, …

Incentives and Disincentives Matter

I am shocked--shocked!--to find rational economic decisionmaking going on here: The world’s largest retailer delivered an ultimatum to District lawmakers Tuesday, telling them less than 24 hours before a decisive vote that at least three planned Wal-Marts will not open in the city if a super-minimum-wage proposal becomes law. A team of Wal-Mart officials and lobbyists, including …

The Latest Job Numbers Are Bad. Again.

Another story I am late to, but one worth highlighting:The headline numbers for the May jobs report are about what you would expect for a New Normal economy stuck in 2% growth mode: 175,000 net new jobs last month, the unemployment rate ticking up to 7.6%. No broad signs of acceleration; just the opposite, in fact. …