Category Archives: Nation

Social Welfare Under Stress

Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability InsuranceIt seems to me…. “The stabilizing influence of the modern social welfare state emerged only after World War II, nearly 200 years on from the 18th-century beginnings of the Industrial Revolution.”  ~ Moshe Vardi[1]. Welfare is … Continue reading

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Our Deteriorating Infrastructure

t seems to me…. “We need to build roads, bridges, airports, locks, dams, and rail that work for this century – not the last one.  And let’s not forget about updating our energy grid, repairing and replacing our water infrastructure … Continue reading

Posted in Airplanes, airports, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE, ASCE, Automobiles, Automotive, Aviation, Bridges, Cars, Dams, Department of Transportation, DOT, Drinking Water, E-ZPass, Economy, Electric, Electric Vehicles, electrical grid, Employment, EVs, EVs, France, France, Funding, Germany, Germany, Grid, Highways, highways, Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Inland Waterways, Investment, Japan, Japan, Japan, Mass Transit, Ports, Public Transit, Railroads, railway, Railways, Roads, Roads, Sewers, Spain, Taxation, Taxes, Taxes, Toll Roads, Train, Trains, Transportation, Transportation, Transportation, Tunnels, University of Maryland, Vehicle, Vehicle, Vehicles, Vehicles, Water, Water Systems | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Non-U.S. Student Education

It seems to me…. “Declining overseas admissions costs us not only much needed revenues for colleges and universities, but much more importantly, we lose the best opportunity we have to introduce foreign students to all that America has to offer … Continue reading

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A Lack Of Ethics

It seems to me…. “Mos Eisley spaceport.  You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.  We must be cautious.”  ~ Alec Guinness[1] (Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars IV[2]). Democrats and Republicans overwhelmingly agree (91 percent) … Continue reading

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The Changing Nature Of Work

It seems to me…. “Over a long period of time, technological change is something that has been important in reducing manufacturing employment – absolutely and as a share of jobs in the economy.”  ~ Janet Yellen[1]. Forty years ago, nearly … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Response

It seems to me…. “If we can provide even a few months of early warning for just one pandemic, the benefits will outweigh all the time and energy we’re devoting.  Imagine preventing health crises, not just responding to them.”  ~ … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Impact

coronavirusIt seems to me…. “If we can provide even a few months of early warning for just one pandemic, the benefits will outweigh all the time and energy we’re devoting.  Imagine preventing health crises, not just responding to them.”  ~ … Continue reading

Posted in 229E, Age, Business, China, China, Contagious, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Deficit, Depression, Depression, Disease, Ebola, Economic, Economy, Employment, employment, Epidemic, Flu, GDP, GDP, Gini Coefficient, Gini Coefficient, Global Viral Forecasting, Gross Domestic Product, GVF, Health, Health, Healthcare, HKU1, Iinfluenza, Illness, Income, Infection, Jobs, Jobs, Lunar New Year, Medical, MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, NL63, OC43, Pandemic, Pathogen, Pathogens, Recession, Recession, Recovery, SARS, SARS-CoV-2, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Stimulus, Stimulus, Unemployment, Virus, Wages, Zoonotic | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments