A Government of the People…Lots of People

Just how big is the government? Big. According the the most recent annual figures from the BLS (2007) there are over 21 million government employees in the United States.  More than one out of seven employed Americans sets their coffee on a government desk every day.  You would think that would be enough to have…

Sarcasm??? I Hope So….

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern “We’ve heard a lot of whining over the last few months that the “cost” of coming climate change legislation will kill jobs, destroy industry, kick puppy dogs, sicken orphans … basically the same old barge filled with scary warnings that have been used since time immemorial about every major piece…

Teachers Health Care Plans

Some would argue teachers deserve quality health issuance because it is a perk of the job. MESSA is usually the issuance provider for most teachers. MESSA covers everything and in some cases, plan holders don’t even have to pay a co-pay. This creates a lack of shopping for the best value, which ends up costing…

Is Death An Economic Stimulus?

Kurt Bouwhuis, Mackinac Center Intern “As the entire world mourns the death of Michael Jackson, many are celebrating the King of Pop’s unparalleled musical legacy. Following the news of Jackson’s sudden passing, Jackson songs and albums immediately begin climbing the sales charts at digital music stores. Over on iTunes, the current top five albums, and…

Financial innovation comes from trial and error

By D. Pontoppidan*, Summer Fellow at the Mackinac Center Here’s a letter I sent to the WSJ a couple of weeks ago: We’ve recently heard of a new federal financial consumer agency which will have the power to scrutinize complex financial products, fit them with warning labels much like cigarettes or toys digestible by small children,…

State Decision Making

Its time to pull the college psychology textbook of the shelf and give it a good dusting.  I would advise you brush up on the chapters on behaviorism and re-familiarize yourself with the likes of Pavlov and Skinner. Why pray tell?  In the next few years we are going to see work in their field…

Obamacare Myths

-Jarrett Skorup Lately I’ve been hearing the same statement from President Obama and his administration and I’d like to clear up this myth.  The statement revolves around the idea that the president’s health care bill will merely give consumers more options with no detriment to private insurance companies.  The following exchange took place on the…

Greed: The Ultimate Panacea

The pain Michigan has felt from the economic downturn is being mended, in part, by new for-profit career training schools that are eagerly grabbing the opportunity to develop Michigan’s human capital. However, many of these entrepreneurs may be looking to swindle, rather than help their clients, which customers should be weary of when eschewing the…

Accurate Measures

Predicting how the economy will react to current market conditions is a difficult task.  There is any number of factors that economists may assign variables to and throw coefficient in front of before producing their masterpiece equation that is sure to tell us how the economy will turn.  With the dynamic nature of economics, it…

Freedom in Iran

By D. Pontoppidan, Summer Fellow at the Mackinac Center We’ve all seen what has been described as the “biggest unrest in Iran since 1979” unfold on television for the past week. What we haven’t seen, however, is the United States of America or President Barack Obama take an active stance in the conflict. So far,…