Category: Politics & Government

The theory of how and why and how successfully governments are formed and persist (or not) is complex, dependent on initial conditions, and beyond simple statements.

Coming from chemistry and computer science, I often see in a situation inertia and an energy of activation, non-computability and linguistic traps.

Frequency of Messages – Impact

A crucial consideration is that mass media channels promote associations between political persons, issues, and value judgements. Do the reflect your realistic assessment? Is the volume of repetitions in agreement with the importance of the association?

Missing Side of Budget Debates

Net worth

(Text, originally composed in 2005) Every year, all year, we hear about the United States federal deficit (this was written only three years ago and, although happily the yearly budgetary deficit is gone, the exclusive focus on the yearly income-outgo budget is still a flaw). The federal budget is worth serious and sober discussion, but…

Republican Tax Cut GDP Impact

Consumption by household income level

Only part of tax reduction flows through to GDP growth. There are two main components to investigate—increase of spendable income to households and increases to businesses. Purpose of Republican Tax Bill The question that a tax bill should answer is – will tax cuts help or hurt residents of the country, not does it right…

Bottom-Up Tax Cut

Consumption by income

Tax cuts should go to the lowest income earners. When they pay less to the tax man— they will still be paying FICA, property, and sales taxes— they spend that extra cash. More money will flow through all levels of the economy. This will grow GDP, because consumer expenditures comprise 75% of all GDP activity.…