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Low Unemployment a Plus for the Disabled

As employers face increasing difficulties in attracting entry-level workers, some companies have been pursuing more constructive strategies for developing opportunities for the disabled. Along with low unemployment levels and a gradual increase in work force participation, the available data indicates that the disabled are now also part of the trend. The average unemployment rate for […]

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Universal Basic Income: Now India?

We have previously commented on proposals by economists and political scientists that would substitute universal income policies as credible alternatives to existing social programs such as unemployment insurance.  (see blogs dated 2015-12-17, 2016-11-22 and 2018-05-02,) The idea is straightforward:  Provide citizens with a minimum allowance, without means-testing, that would give everyone the wherewithal to live […]

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Green New Deal

According to Wikipedia, the Green New Deal (GND) is any of several proposed economic stimulus programs in the U.S. that aim to address both economic inequality and climate change.  The name refers to the New Deal, a combination of social and economic reforms and public works projects undertaken by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in response […]

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Coal

Years ago, in response to Los Angeles smog, Johnny Carson reputedly quipped, “I don’t trust air I can’t see.”  Maybe so Johnny, but your lungs and eyes understand the health benefits of clean air.  Scientists and policymakers generally agree that the world will have to quit coal to have any hope of restoring universal air […]

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Taking the Plunge

A February 4, 2019 article in the Wall Street Journal titled How to Invest When Markets Are Down noted that “If you have a lump sum to in­vest, rather than a small amount each month, you may be bet­ter off in­vest­ing it all at once, mainly be­cause keep­ing it on the side­lines in cash while […]

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“May You Live in Interesting Times”

According to Wikipedia, this is an English expression purported to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse.  While, at first glance, this may be seen as a blessing, it is normally used ironically, with the clear implication that uninteresting times of peace and tranquility are more life-enhancing than interesting periods, which, from a historical […]

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