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The Cost of an Extra 10 Years

The Cost of an Extra 10 Years

Would life expectancy descend to 70 if healthcare spending was reduced to 1959 levels? Is it possible there has been significant healthcare cost inflation which has not contributed to an increased life expectancy?

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How to Start a Railroad Strike

How to Start a Railroad Strike

At first glance, rail shipments look terrible with carloads at their lowest level of the century – indicative of widely reported supply chain problems.

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$22 Per Hour?

$22 Per Hour?

California’s knee-jerk decision to raise the minimum wage (just for fast food workers) by 40% to $22/hr. defies financial reality.

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the Tale of Bank Deposits

the Tale of Bank Deposits

Today’s consumers are nearing the end of living off their savings, especially as they must find a way to pay for unprecedented rent hikes.

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