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Archive of posts published in the tag: Thomas Donlan

Politics and Profits

From Thomas Donlan At Barron’s, Trump’s CEOs: In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time (I like the title in the print edition better, There’s No Profit in Politics) Business executives as a group rarely show the kind of sophistication that the…

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Addicted to the Devil

from Thomas Donlan at Barron’s, What Went Wrong in Kansas Americans want government like they want services generally: “faster, better, and cheaper.” But economists know there’s a problem: The optimistic ones say, “Pick any two”; the pessimists say, “Choose one.”…

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Surrender of Influence

from Thomas Donlan at Barron’s, Ignorance is Not Bliss German Chancellor Angela Merkel has had the chance to take Trump’s measure in the recent NATO and G-7 meetings, and her reading was not good. She reported this to her citizens: “The…

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Trump’s Trade Ignorance

from Thomas Donlan at Barron’s, Ignorance is Not Bliss Our trade deficit—the amount that imports exceed exports—with Germany last year was about $65 billion, or some 13% of the U.S. total 2016 trade deficit. It’s big because Germany is a big…

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The Twitter Degeneration

from Thomas Donlan at Barron’s, Ignorance is Not Bliss “Tech writer Bruce Sterling commented in 2007 that using Twitter for ‘literate communication’ is ‘about as likely as firing up a CB radio and hearing some guy recite The Iliad.’ The…

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Protecting Jobs vs Protecting Votes

From Barron’s and  Thomas Donlan,  Trading Promises About the Trans-Pacific Partnership-Politicians are the threat to rising incomes and global prosperity. The AFL-CIO and much of the Democratic Party at large (though thankfully not the White House) are working their way…

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Order and Liberty

From Barron’s, Chinese Puzzle by Thomas Donlan: Worldly wise investors and sophisticated geopoliticians sometimes forget that Chinese markets reflect the power of the country’s government more than its economy. The price of stocks in state-owned and state-funded corporations has too…

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Confusing Cause and Effect

from Barron’s, The Road to Ruin by Thomas Donlan excerpts: The U.S. learned nothing from the financial crisis. The biggest problem perceived today in the Obama administration is that the rate of home ownership is at the lowest level since…

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