Populist Economist – Saving Social Security

Many of the essays I have written here have been about a Fair Deal. They also focus on government solutions that are outside the dogma and ideological toolboxes of our two parties. Government can be good when it enforces contracts fairly and sets up an environment where individuals and groups can be enabled to perform….

Populist Economist – The UBI Con

There is a policy idea stalking the land of economists and policy wonks on the left. It is the universal basic income (UBI), which is a stipend given to all adult Americans each month. It sounds populist but is not. It is merely a handout that will exacerbate the current system of handouts that we…

Populist Economist – A Student Debt for Mortgages Swap

In this series, the policies have been focused on federal moves, but this is one that could be enacted by states or even large counties. It involves a debt swap and focuses on a critical issue for Millenials: housing. Goals: Improve our cities by making geographically valuable real estate usable once again. Remove an asset…

Populist Economics – Student Debt Reform

Bouncing around the town square of public discourse is the issue of student debt. Students are loaded with debt to pay for a university education that will educate them for competing in the global economic marketplace and get them a good job. This debt is not dischargeable in bankruptcy. It must be paid off, and…

Populist Economist – Close The Immigration Window

One would think that immigration would be a slam dunk right wing idea. While this is true, the first time a left wing populist says “We’re full”, he or she will win landslides and handpick his or her successor. This is in effect what Lega has done with their alliance with 5Star. In America, this…

Populist Economics – Infrastructure to Reorient the Economy

The financial crisis of 2008 hit and swept President Obama into office. Many pundits and individuals expected Wall Street individuals to face prosecution and the nation to receive a massive infrastructure stimulus program to put many to work with shovel ready jobs like FDR’s fabled programs. Neither of these items came to be. Eight years…

Populist Economics – A Fair Deal

The Western world’s punditry weeps for the state of democracy. There is something foul sweeping through the nations of Europe and even into the very heart of the current global order, America. It is populism. The media snipes at the ordinary people not listening to them and voting incorrectly. Voting is an expression of tastes…