Hard to Split Cloud, Silver Lining

Signing healthcare reformTeasing out the link between moderation in health spending and subpar economic growth is a daunting but important task that could have a big and unpredictable impact on the American economy in the years and decades ahead.
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Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly

Expecting corporations to put human rights, employee well-being or even national interest before profit is naïve. Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, corporations gotta make money. It’s what they do. Continue reading Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly

Adult America as Viewed from Abroad

A holiday in Asia offers a perspective on America’s role in the world. By day I’m visiting countries experiencing growth we’d see as fast that they worry is too slow (Vietnam’s concerned growth will only be 6% in the year ahead; In Thailand, there are fears that recent flooding will cut growth to 3%, far behind its regional rivals).

By night I check the international cable channels to see if I’ve missed anything back home, but come away frustrated because their perspective on the international economy assigns America a peripheral position. Continue reading Adult America as Viewed from Abroad