Posts filed under “Politics”

2015 Pace of Social Change

Click for other social issues.

Source: Bloomberg

Category: Digital Media, Politics, Psychology

Death Tax, Paying for What You Use, Comment Foolishness

There was some pushback on yesterday’s rather tame suggestion that the U.S. properly finance the fund that pays to maintain and repair our roads. Much of the correspondence was surprising. Then again, I am continually flabbergasted by the cognitive errors that the human brain can make. It’s a marvelously designed piece of wetware that does a…Read More

Category: Bad Math, Politics, Taxes and Policy, Weblogs

Full Speech: Obama at the Correspondent’s Dinner

Be sure to stick around through the 13:40 mark, when Luther, Obama’s anger translator, comes on . . .

Source: Washington Post

Category: Humor, Politics, Video

Where Your 2014 Taxes Went

Source: National Priorities Project via Bill Moyers

Category: Politics, Taxes and Policy

We Know What’s the Matter With Kansas

@TBPInvictus When pushing his tax cuts for Kansas in July 2012, Governor Sam Brownback wrote: “Our new pro-growth tax policy will be like a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy.” Art Laffer and Stephen Moore wrote that “many states like Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma are seriously considering abolishing their income taxes…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Data Analysis, Economy, Politics, Really, really bad calls

Presidential job approval ratings from Ike to Obama

I cant say exactly why, but I find this to be an intriguing and amazing dataset:   Source: Pew Research   Reagan and Clinton are the only two who didn’t see their numbers fall off a cliff; Ike and Obama seem only fell of modestly.

Category: Digital Media, Politics

Don’t Let Bias Corrupt Your Analysis

Those of you who over the many years have followed some of the thoughts and observations I jot down each morning may have noticed several themes. Prominent among them is that forecasting is folly; cognitive errors create investing mistakes; consider context when analyzing data; recency bias overemphasizes the latest data; mixing politics with investing is…Read More

Category: Analysts, Cognitive Foibles, Politics, Psychology, Really, really bad calls

Confused Person’s Guide to Middle East Conflict

Source: The Atlantic

Category: Digital Media, Politics, War/Defense

2015 Farm Bill Essentials

Cool article about the transition away from much of the traditional corporate farm price supports. Now if we could only get rid of that damned ethanol subsidy . . .   click for ginormous interactive graphic/article Source: Bloomberg

Category: Politics

Gay Discrimination Is A Billion Dollar Self-Indulgence

By now, you have surely heard about Indiana’s so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act and its potential for giving cover to those who discriminate against gay people. A backlash that had already been gathering momentum burst open this weekend, driven by an op-ed by Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook in the Washington Post. As Cook wrote:…Read More

Category: Legal, Politics, Really, really bad calls, Taxes and Policy