The Angry Economist

Suspending the Laws of Economics for Public Policy: The Idiocy of Proposition 87

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Oct 1, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM
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Our resident economist asks Voters to THINK about the economic "logic" of Proposition 87.

  Carl, Immanuel, and the “I” Word – Philosophical Giants and the Global War on Terror

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Oct 1, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM
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Our resident economic scholar takes a philosophical look at war, imperialism, and international peace...



Mistakes of History: Real World Problems that Our “Intelligentsia” Would Rather Avoid Discussing

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Sep 17, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM
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Our resident historian's new take on that saying: "those who fail to learn from the mistakes of history...."

  No Way to Run a Railroad: California School Building in the Early Twenty-first Century

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Sep 3, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM
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Our resident economist views our state's school building boom--what's good and what's bad.



Lessons from the War: Israel, Hezbollah, and Public Impatience with War

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Sep 3, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM
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The News' resident economic historian examines the Middle East conflict(s) in long-term, historical perspective.

  Tax Breaks For the Rich—and Why It’s a Good Idea

By William P. McGowan. Ph. D. on Aug 27, 2006 - 10:54:00 AM
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Our resident economist argues against the conventional wisdowm--why we should WANT the rich to get tax breaks.

Problems of the Presidency: It’s Not Just George W. Bush

By William P. McGowan, Ph.D. on Jul 23, 2006 - 9:14:00 PM
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Our historical scholar takes a look at the powers of the Imperial Presidency before, during and after "W"

  Response to Rob Reiner: What to Do Now that Proposition 82 Failed

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Jul 16, 2006 - 7:47:00 PM
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Our resident economist makes some suggestions to childcare advocate Rob Reiner on what he should do now that his Proposition 82 failed. 

America-Love It Or Leave It

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Jul 2, 2006 - 7:18:00 PM
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What the USA has done right and why we should be proud of it.

  Global Warming and the War on Terror: A Cold War Reminder

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Jun 25, 2006 - 7:47:00 PM
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Our resident political economist opines on minimizing real threats as a political tactic (that's working).

Conventional Wisdom and What Actually Happened: The Case of ENRON

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Jun 11, 2006 - 7:07:00 PM
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Our resident economist takes a look at perception and reality in corporate crime.



  What’s Wrong with Proposition 82: Promises of “Free” Pre-school and Other Myths

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Jun 4, 2006 - 7:15:00 PM
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Why you should vote NO on the wholesome sounding Proposition 82--hard questions no one's asking.

Cost of Conservatism in November

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on May 28, 2006 - 7:23:00 PM
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A conservative before it was cool, our resident economist evaluates the GOP's chances at the polls this Fall.

  What Should We Do About $3+ a Gallon?

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on May 7, 2006 - 7:10:00 PM
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Our resident economist discusses some unpleasant economics facts about gasoline, oil, and a national energy policy.

The Next Big Business Scandal

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Apr 30, 2006 - 7:43:00 PM
Our practitioner of the dismal science gives us an example of how the science of statistics can be used to track down and catch real life criminals--right in the executive suite.

  Immigration Reform in Congress: Where Our “Leaders” Hope to Take Us

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Apr 16, 2006 - 7:07:00 PM
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Our resident political economist examines the likely outcome of "compromise" legislation on immigration reform, an issue incumbents (Democrat OR Republican) fear.  

Immigration Protests and Media, Old and New

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Apr 2, 2006 - 7:44:00 PM
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Our practioner of the dismal science examines the history of illegal immigrant protests and the likely outcome of the current debate on immigration "reform."

  India, Bush, and the Future of Foreign Trade

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Mar 12, 2006 - 7:46:00 PM
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No matter how much you hate talking to customer service in India, why protectionism is STILL a bad idea.

Battling Economists: The UCSB Economic Outlook as Declaration of War Against UCLA

By William P. McGowan, Ph.D. on Mar 5, 2006 - 7:18:00 PM

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When practitioners of the dismal science compete, the winner is...you! A look at two regional forecasts.



  Ventura Dreaming: The Real Economic Future of the Gold Coast

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Feb 19, 2006 - 6:02:00 PM

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Our resident economist why cities that try to create "affordable housing" are on a fool's errand.



No one’s paying attention to Vladimir Putin: Russia’s Strong Man is Bad News for the West

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Feb 5, 2006 - 7:23:00 PM
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Our resident economist casts a suspicious eye on "our friend" Vladimir Putin

  Churchill: What his life tells us about the war on terror

By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Feb 5, 2006 - 7:18:00 PM
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Our resident economist and historian examines how Winston Churchill might view our society's current dillemma with the Global War on Terror

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