EPI-DEMON-OMICS


Set Thine House In Order

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean that politics won’t take an interest in you.” (Pericles Funeral Oration in “The History of the Peloponnesian War” written by Thucydides in 431 B.C.E.)  Are there “systematic forces that sometimes turn good economics into bad politics, with the latter unfortunately trumping the economic […]



Between the Cheat’s Political Sheets

Democracy is when two wolves and a sheep vote on what they will have for lunch. (Benjamin Franklin)  Instead of who pays the nation’s medical bills – we all do – better to ask who is getting paid?  It’s right there on the front page of The New York Times in “Fiscal Footnote:  Big Senate […]


Health Care’s Affliction of American Prosperity

Skyrocketing medical costs are a drain on national prosperity, a drag on employment and a damper on economic growth prospects.  “Since the start of the recession in December 2007, real health care spending…has increased by 12.7%…During this same period, real GDP excluding health spending fell by nearly 7% in mid-2009 and, with its recent decline, […]