Collier’s Hope for the Syrians

He shifted uncomfortably on the hospital bed as we walked in. His eyes avoided ours. The doctor told us they were reconstructing his leg.  I tried not to stare at the hospital blanket, wondering what lay underneath. The rest of my travel group peppered his mother with questions. Since arriving in Israel had they heard any news about their hometown, their community? Was it safe to return? Were her other children and her husband alive? She didn’t have answers. The doctor explained to us that as Syrian refugees, while the boy and his mother are receiving care in the Israeli hospital, they are not allowed to leave their hospital room or receive news from outside for their own safety and security. Continue reading “Collier’s Hope for the Syrians”

Miss Congeniality? Meet Miss Polycentricity.

I don’t like politics.

No, seriously, I don’t like politics! I mean, yes, I live just outside of Washington, DC. I worked in Congress this summer. Everything I learn in class seems to relate to political theory.  All my close friends and I do is discuss politics and political theory in our free time. But I swear I don’t – oh who am I kidding? Continue reading “Miss Congeniality? Meet Miss Polycentricity.”

Making Decisions When Married: A Wicksellian Perspective

Love is in the air! I recently married the love of my life. Marriage is not only a great tradition, it is economically effective! Well, in theory. We can now bask in the cost savings of consuming goods together such as a home, car, kids, Netflix accounts, groceries, and so much more! Continue reading “Making Decisions When Married: A Wicksellian Perspective”

Monopoly Monday: Marijuana

The political discussion on marijuana is mostly focused on the consumer side of things. Namely, about deterring our kids from flying through the drug abuse gateway and becoming dangerous at worst or unproductive at the very least.

However, directing the discussion toward the supply side, might provide some important insights and a nicer yield.

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The Tax Bill, Floodplains, and Time Inconstistencies

Depending on whom you ask, the tax bill recently passed by Congress will either be the driver of amazing prosperity or the worst bill the country has never seen. No matter the philosophical merits or faults of lower tax rates, history suggests that the correlation between tax cuts and economic growth is a bit muddied. Keep on reading!

James Buchanan: Surprisingly, Politicians Are Humans

With a simple discussion on how stuff gets done in the political arena, it is easy to understand why it’s so hard to achieve the intended outcomes of that “stuff.” Everything is riddled with side-deals, loopholes, and compromises that detract or cause larger problems than the one(s) they are trying to solve. Continue reading “James Buchanan: Surprisingly, Politicians Are Humans”