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Sanity Zone 2-4-2011 QE2

Posted 02-05-2011 at 11:44 AM by xan

Sanity Zone 2-4-2011 The QE2

No, the QE2 is not a boat. It stands for Quantitative Easing 2, which is fancy econo-speak for “printing money and dumping it into the currency markets.” One might wonder what all the fuss is about, as the Federal Reserve increases the money supply regularly. Well, all things equal, I can understand how this might be confusing, but this can be simple to understand with a few graphs.

The Situation:
The US economy is currently...
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Sanity Zone 11-8-2010 - Why I dislike Eagles Players and Fans

Posted 11-08-2010 at 01:59 PM by xan

Don't mistake my next few statements as an indictment of ALL Eagles fans.

For those who did not get a chance to see the Eagles play the Colts Sunday afternoon, but did get a chance to see on endless replays the hit by Kurt Coleman on Austin Collie, what you didn't get so witness was what happened after the play.

It was clear that Collie had taken a helmet to helmet hit from his blind side by Coleman. It was also clear that Collie was knocked out before falling to the...
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Sanity Zone 11-4-2010 Post Election Analysis

Posted 11-04-2010 at 05:20 PM by xan

Nothing less than the expected results for the midterm elections on Tuesday. While there were a couple of suprises both ways, several trends emerged.


Today, we address The Rise of the Far Right


Tea Partiers who believe in a smaller government and fewer regulations advanced. In some cases, the Tea Party Republican displaced a moderate Republican or RINO (Republican In Name Only). In others, they replaced a “Blue Dog” Democrat, one that, for the...
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Sanity Zone 10-28-2010

Posted 10-28-2010 at 02:54 PM by xan

After watching a bit of propaganda from both political extremes, it occurred to me that people may not know what kind of economic policy options that are available to our leaders. Believe it or not, it’s pretty easy to draw up and easy to understand.

I realize that there is a lot of anger in some people’s attitude toward our government, and it is rightly deserved. Our leaders have screwed up. However, policy options and their effects on the economy and jobs don’t change when there’s...
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Sanity Zone 10-20-2010

Posted 10-20-2010 at 02:31 PM by xan
Updated 10-20-2010 at 02:38 PM by xan

In keeping with the symmetry of the date, I thought it appropriate that we discuss the a-symmetrical effects of the Bush Tax Cuts. Before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, I want to assure the readers that as an economist and policy wonk, I have no dog in this hunt, other than to see whatever policy that is enacted perform as expected. Data and facts are the non-partisan tools. Problem is, we have some on both political sides who don’t like certain facts, or any facts for that matter, and...
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