Each week we learn about the new job losses caused by the COVID crisis. Through the first part of May, the number of people who had lost their jobs and had filed for unemployment insurance had accumulated to 36 million—22 percent of the labor force. Many others have faced cutbacks in hours worked. The job … Continue reading What Are We Learning About the Economic Decline?
Over recent decades, the United States has in small steps extended the socialization of risk. We have become more responsive to those experiencing losses that threaten their livelihood. This has taken the form of growing assistance to those hit by natural disasters—tornados, earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods. It has also taken the form of coverage of … Continue reading Socializing Risk
Heating up is the issue of whether the next COVID-19 bill to be considered by Congress will include massive assistance from the federal to state and local governments, especially those most strapped. If enacted, this will involve the federal government borrowing even more in the credit market to be able to achieve the transfer. Why, … Continue reading Why is the Federal Government the One to Pay for This?
With the suspension of his campaign, Sanders' days as a presidential candidate have ended. However, his economic proposals such as universal health care, free higher education, and a sharp boost to the minimum wage, will still be around. Some of his proposed policies may even work their way into the 2020 platform of the Democrat … Continue reading The Ideas Will Still Remain
The Federal Reserve—the Fed—is the only institution in our economy that is authorized to create money, essentially out of thin air. This can take the form of cash, those greenbacks in your wallet, or electronic credits to bank accounts. Since early March, the Fed has ramped up liquidity roughly $2-1/2 trillion—yes, trillion. This has been … Continue reading Are We Drowning in Fed Liquidity?
The Kindle version of Capitalism Versus Socialism: What Does the Bible Have to Say? Is now available for purchase on Amazon. For a limited time, the price is $0.99! The paperback version is available as well for $8.99 If you would, upon downloading and reading the book, please take a moment to leave a review … Continue reading Now Live on Amazon
You may be wondering how all the losses being incurred during the COVID-19 crisis are going to covered. Many households and businesses are experiencing staggering shortfalls of income from their outlays. These shortfalls are being dealt with in various ways: Drawing down assets;Borrowing from banks and others;Receiving assistance from the Treasury and others; and/orFalling behind … Continue reading Who Pays the Bill?
Capitalism An economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.“Capitalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capitalism. Accessed 27 Apr. 2020. This definition captures some of the properties … Continue reading Defining My Terms
The number of people filing for unemployment insurance has soared to 26 million over recent weeks—16 percent of our labor force. For some segments of the workforce—restaurant and hotel workers — it is much higher. Still, others have had their hours cut back. For all, this has greatly compounded the anguish of coping with the … Continue reading Job Losses
Are you curious about the effects COVID-19 will have on our economy? UNCW Cameron School of Business professor Dr. Simpson discussed the economic implications and opportunities of COVID-19 during a UNCW Alumni Association-sponsored video event.