Our Moment in Cuba?

Last month I had the privilege of joining a study tour to Cuba with former members of Congress — sponsored by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC). We met with government and Communist Party officials, members of the National Assembly and Foreign Ministry, artists, scholars, academics, economists, entrepreneurs, even cigar workers. Cubans feel genuine optimism that the recent normalization of relations with the United States may usher in a new era of cooperation. Continue reading Our Moment in Cuba?

This Creepy Ad Can Kill You

unclesam We’re at a bustling town fair, a few weeks from now.  Kids climb on the firetruck. Community groups sell cupcakes and give out flyers.  At the “Enroll America” booth, people are on healthcare.gov signing up for the health insurance marketplace. Continue reading This Creepy Ad Can Kill You

The Irony of Mitt Romney’s 47 Percent

Here’s the irony of Mitt Romney’s 47 percent: he hails himself as an economic savior because he knows how to create jobs, yet many of the jobs he had a hand in creating through his work at Bain Capital fall right into that 47 percent.

To Mitt Romney, the very workers he claims as part of his success story are precisely those he disparages for not paying income taxes and for taking more than they give back to society.

In effect, if Romney follows his own logic, he is far more a part of the problem than he is the solution. Continue reading The Irony of Mitt Romney’s 47 Percent

Milton Friedman at 100

Tuesday, July 31, marks the 100th birth anniversary of Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman (1912-2006). One of the greatest economists of the 20th Century, Friedman will be long remembered for his contributions to economic science. More than that, he will be remembered as a champion of freedom. Continue reading Milton Friedman at 100