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A Call for Economic Action

Over the last several years, I’ve really tried to focus my blog away from softer, feel-good issues and try to focus on the economy. I felt that by studying the economy and economic principles, I could make some sense out of our political decisions. So, with the election of Barack Obama I began to write more and more about a stimulus package. The more I read, the more it seemed that thoughtful decisions regarding the stimulus were being thrown out the window in favor of political expediency. Almost as soon as the stimulus package was passed, backlash over “government spending” started.

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More Badness from Globalization

It should be no surprise to anyone that we are more connected with our brothers across the ocean than ever before. With the Internet and various treaties and whatnot, it is now possible for me to order olives in Greece and have them delivered, here, next week. While this is sweet, this benefit also comes with a downside. Our financial markets are more interconnected than ever. This means it actually matters what happens in the European Union. If Europe falls into a deep, deep recession, our economy will stagnate. (I know some of you are asking how it could stagnate even

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I’m not hopeful

I never liked that old story of the Engine That Could. There are some things that the power of positive thinking simply won’t fix. Several weeks ago, I was sort of hopeful that some sort of deal would be made. The deal might be crappy, yes, but at least the economy wouldn’t implode. With each day, as reasonable and downright awful deals have all ended up in file 13, I’m getting less and less hopeful that our dysfunctional Congress can do anything that really helps the American people. So I went from I think they can to I think they are

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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