J. D. Alt

Paying for Hurricanes

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By J.D. ALT What you believe America can build—or rebuild—as a collective society hinges on how you answer one fundamental question: When the U.S. government issues a treasury bond, is it “borrowing” money that must be repaid with future tax-dollars—or … Continue reading →

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Miscalculating Medicare-for-all

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By J.D. ALT A report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University calculating the “cost” of Medicare-for-all has received much attention recently—first, because Bernie Sanders claimed the report concluded that Medicare-for-all would save the American people $2 trillion over … Continue reading →

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How big does the fire need to be?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 13/08/2018 - 7:11pm in

By J.D. ALT I have written about this before, but it bears repeating now—and perhaps it bears repeating every week until somebody with more leverage than me picks the message up and carries it a step further: America (and the … Continue reading →

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The Explicable Mystery of the National Debt

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 02/08/2018 - 9:36am in

By J.D. ALT America’s current “national debt” is tallied to be $21.5 trillion. When politicians and economic pundits talk (worry, fret, wring their hands, gnash their teeth) about this “debt” they implicitly assume—along with their listeners, readers, and potential voters—that … Continue reading →

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The Five Stages of Money (and why we’re stuck at stage 4)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 19/06/2018 - 10:24am in

By J.D. ALT Like everything else, money has evolved. It began in a primitive form and morphed into something more sophisticated, more successful. Then, probing and testing for an even better form, it morphed again. A simplified history of money’s … Continue reading →

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Last Exit to the Road Less Traveled

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By J.D. ALT We now stand where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost’s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we … Continue reading →

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Why America is not a Country-Club

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By J.D. ALT Everyone knows how a country-club works: Members pay dues, and the dues are used to pay for the expenses of running the country-club—maintenance and improvements, kitchen and service staff, golf-course mowing and landscaping, etc. Sometimes a big … Continue reading →

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Framing a Job Guarantee

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/05/2018 - 10:11am in

By J.D. ALT Note: This essay was first posted on realprogressivesusa.com Now that progressive leaders (Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand and Corey Booker) have placed a proposed “Job Guarantee” program onto the mainstream political stage, it is essential they begin explaining … Continue reading →

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Framing the Progressive Platform

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 17/04/2018 - 11:54am in

By J.D. ALT This essay was first posted at www.realprogressivesusa.com I keep reading the big challenge Democrats face in the 2018/2020 elections is that they have moved too far left, proposing a platform that includes “free” universal health care, “free” … Continue reading →

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