Tag Archives: Germany

COVID-19: From Here To There

It seems to me…. “When the coronavirus-positive cases were 500 in the country, you ordered the shops to shut down, and now when the tally has crossed 50,000 you are opening them.  I don’t understand the logic.”  ~ Jaideep Ahlawat[1]. … Continue reading

Posted in ACA, Affordable Care Act, Australia, Britain, Budget, Bush, Business, CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Childcare, Coronavirus, COVID-19, daycare, Debt, Deficit, Deficit, Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Disease, Donald Trump, Economy, Employment, employment, England, France, GDP, George W. Bush, Germany, Germany, Great Britain, Health, Health, Healthcare, Iinfluenza, Illness, Income, Jobs, Medical, medical, National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Health, NIH, Obama, Pandemic, Poverty, Recession, South Korea, Stimulus, Trump, UBI, Unemployment, Universal Basic Income, Virus | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in ACA, ACA, Affordable Care Act, Affordable Care Act, Childcare, Children's Health Insurance Program, CHIP, COVID-19, daycare, Education, Education, Employment, employment, Equal Pay Act of 1963, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Federal Insurance Contributions Act, Federal Student Aid, Federal Unemployment Tax Act, FICA, FMLA, Food Stamps, Franklin D. Roosevelt, FSA, FUTA, Gerald Ford, Germany, Germany, Great Britain, Great Britain, Great Society, Health, Healthcare, Income, John (Jack) F. Kennedy, Johnson, Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare, Medicare, Mental Health, Nixon, OASDI, Old-Age Survivors and Disability Insurance, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, PHA, Prescription, Public housing assistance, Public housing assistance, Reagan, Richard M. Nixon, Rome, Roosevelt, SNAP, Social Security, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Tricare, Unemployment, Universal Healthcare, Welfare | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Ideological-Based Opposition To Facts

It seems to me…. “Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance.”  ~ Hippocrates[1]. A growing number of scientists, policy makers, and technical specialists both inside and outside the government allege there have been concerted administrative efforts to … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-Science, China, China, Denial, Dunning-Kruger, Education, Environment, Germany, Germany, India, NACA, NASA, NASA, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Science, Science Skeptic, South Korea, Technology, Vannevar Bush | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Disrupting The International Order

It seems to me…. “Since World War II, the rules-based international order created and maintained by the United States has benefited peoples around the globe and none more so than Americans here at home.”  ~ Mac Thornberry[1]. We are fortunate … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Barack Hussein Obama II, Canada, Canada, China, China, Donald Trump, France, France, Germany, Germany, Global Peace Index, Globalization, Institute for Economics & Peace, international order, Japan, Japan, Japan, Jon Huntsman, Obama, Russia, Russia, Soviet Union, Soviet Union, Trump, Turkey, Turkey, World War I, World War II, Xi Jinping, Xi Jinping | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

With Friends Like These

It seems to me…. “Middle East history is replete with examples of missed and lost chances to make peace.” ~ Richard N. Haass[1]. The Middle East has been a major conundrum for the U.S. since approval of the Balfour Agreement … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Afghanistan, al-Qaeda, Aramco, Aramco, Balfour agreement, Britain, Britain, China, China, Churchill, Deobandi sect, Donald Trump, Extremism, Extremism, Extremists, Fordow Facility, Foreign, Foreign Policy, France, France, Germany, Germany, India, Iran, Iran, Iraq, Iraq, Islam, Israel, JCPOA, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JUI-F, Kashmir, Kunar Province, Kurds, Kuwait, Madrassahs, Madrassas, Middle East, Middle-East, Mujahidin, Mujahidin, Mujahidin, Muslim, Muslim, North Korea, Nuclear Agreement, Osama bin Laden, Pakistan, Policy, Qatar, Russia, Russia, Salafism, Sanctions, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia, Security Council, Shah, Shi’ite, Soviet Union, Soviet Union, Sunni, Taliban, Terrorism, Trump, UN, Wahhabi Salafism, Wahhabis, Winston Churchill | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Domestic Political Threat

It seems to me…. “People might not protest for overtly political or social causes, but when they can’t feed themselves and their family, they will take to the streets.” ~ Marcus Samuelsson[1]. The U.S. faces a number of critical challenges … Continue reading

Posted in Chile, Communications Act of 1934, Communism, Debt, Deficit, Donald Trump, Downturn, Elections, Erdoğan, Extremists, Fascism, Federal Reserve, Fiscal, GDP, GDP, Germany, Germany, Gini Coefficient, Gini Coefficient, Gini Index, Gross Domestic Product, Inequality, Insurrection Act, International Emergency Economic Powers Act, Joseph McCarthy, Liquidity, Liquidity-Trap, McCarthy, Militia, NAIRU, National Emergencies Act, Neo-Fascist, Philippines, Posse Comitatus Act, Protest, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Recession, Rodrigo Duterte, Russia, Section 706, Socialism, State of Emergency, Stimulus, Trump, Turkey, Weimar Republic | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Economic Uncertainty

It seems to me…. “A perfect storm is in the making: financial uncertainty, economic downturn, government cuts, rising unemployment and a future that looks less clear the more we try to fathom it.” ~ Jonathan Sacks[1]. Market volatility has recently … Continue reading

Posted in Angela Merkel, Budget, Business, CBO, China, China, Congressional Budget Office, Debt, Deficit, Deficit, Donald Trump, economic growth, Economy, Elections, Emmanuel Macron, Emmanuel Macron, Employment, employment, Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, France, France, Germany, Germany, Globalization, Great Britain, Great Britain, Growth, Investment, Jobs, Macron, Macron, Manufacturing, Merkel, Recession, Technology, Technology, Trump, U.K., United Kingdom | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Universal Healthcare

It seems to me…. “I believe that every family – it doesn’t make a difference who you are or where you come from – deserves to have quality healthcare. It is a universal right. It’s not the exclusive privilege of … Continue reading

Posted in ACA, ACA, Affordable Care Act, Affordable Care Act, Barack Hussein Obama II, Budget, Costa Rica, Deficit, Elections, Germany, Germany, Health, Health, Healthcare, Insurance, Insurance, Medical, Medicare, Medicare, Medicare, Medicare For All, Mental Health, Obama, Obamacare, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Single-Payer, Universal Healthcare | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Recession Anxieties

It seems to me…. “Keynes’s contribution was not just to advocate spending government money in the middle of a recession. Every government had done that going back to the days of the Irish potato famine. What he gave to us … Continue reading

Posted in Asia, Asia, Bonds, Brazil, Brexit, China, China, Daimler, Debt, Debt, Deficit, Deficit, Economic, economic growth, Economics, Economy, Employment, Europe, Europe, Factor Intensity, Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve, Financial, financial crisis, France, France, GDP, Germany, Germany, Gini Coefficient, Gini Coefficient, Gini Index, Globalization, Globalization, Great Britain, Great Britain, Gross Domestic Product, human capital, India, Inequality, Inequality, Iran, Iran, Italy, Italy, Japan, Japan, Jobs, Liquidity Crisis, Liquidity-Trap, Mexico, Mexico, Mexico, Michael Polanyi, NAIRU, National, Nestlé, Physical Capital, Post-Industrial, Productivity, Recession, Recession, Stimulus, Swizerland, Technology, Total Factor Productivity, Trade, Trump, Wages, Xi Jinping, Xi Jinping | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment