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The Angry Economist

Suspending The Laws Of Economics Or Public Policy: The Idiocy Of Proposition 87
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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.  In essence, Proposition 87 wants to suspend the laws of economics.


  Carl, Immanuel, And The "I" Word: Philosophical Giants And The Global War On Terror
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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 and peace. Focusing on the concept of "perpetual peace" and its political implications.


Mistakes Of History: Real World Problems That Our "Intelligentsia" Would Rather Avoid Discussing
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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 the 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
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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. Fewer schools will be built, due to all the problems.


Lessons From The War: Israel, Hezbollah, And Public Impatience With War
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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. Most struggles worth winning don't end in weeks or hours.


  Tax Breaks For The Rich, And Why It's A Good Idea
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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 wisdom—why we should want the rich to get tax breaks, even if tax breaks for the rich are now considered an absolute social evil.


Problems of the Presidency: It's Not Just George W. Bush
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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
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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.  The idea was a "universal" preschool for California. 



America-Love It Or Leave It
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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. Maintaing integrity in parts of the world that would have otherwise blown up.

  Global Warming And The War On Terror: A Cold War Reminder
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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. Minimizing a threat is the first step towards questioning its entire existence.


Conventional Wisdom And What Actually Happened: The Case Of ENRON
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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. No one questions the conventional wisdom because, well, it's conventional.


  What's Wrong With Proposition 82: Promises Of "Free" Pre-school And Other Myths
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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.  For more than a decade, our society has been using "the children" for very adult purposes.


Cost of Conservatism in November
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By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on May 28, 2006 - 7:23:00 PM

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Today, the so-called conservative Republican Congress is far more interested in maintaining incumbency than advancing a certain, intellectually consistent Conservative agenda.



  What Should We Do About $3+ A Gallon?
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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. We are in this mess because of a lack of understanding of basic economics.


The Next Big Business Scandal
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By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Apr 30, 2006 - 7:43:00 PM
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Our practitioner of the dismal science gives us an example of how statistical analysis can be used to track down and catch real life criminalsCEOs that is.



  Immigration Reform In Congress
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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 that incumbents fear (Democrat or Republican).  


Immigration Protests and Media, Old and New
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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
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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.  This process is affecting American workers, because no one said capitalism is perfect.


Battling Economists: The UCSB Economic Outlook as Declaration of War Against UCLA
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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
Archives : The Angry Economist
By William P. McGowan, Ph. D. on Feb 19, 2006 - 6:02:00 PM

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Our resident economist explains why cities that try to create "affordable housing" are on a fool's errand.  The problem with affordable housing is the global real estate market.



No One's Paying Attention To Vladimir Putin: Russia's Strong Man Is Bad News For The West
Archives : The Angry Economist
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.  For the world, the danger of a resurgent Russia is that we get the worst of the Cold War with none of the benefits.


  Churchill: What His Life Tells Us About The War On Terror
Archives : The Angry Economist
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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