Monday, September 8, 2014

General Economics

National Journal | It's Not Been Working on the Railroads
Deregulation has been a popular theme in U.S. politics for decades, but a Surface Transportation Board hearing here last week on railcar shortages and service delays provided an example of how dependent rural America still is on a federal regulatory agency to push the railroads to provide vital services.
Wall Street Journal | The Outlook: Services Sector Gauge Finally Gets Its Due
A quarterly reading from the Commerce Department has quietly emerged as one of the most consequential government reports, with the power to roil estimates for U.S. economic growth and the impact of the Affordable Care Act.
Bloomberg | Germany’s Trade Surplus and Exports Reach All-Time Highs
The Washington Times | Wary Americans: Only 22 percent say the economy is going to improve
Yes, about that U.S. Economy: Wary Americans remain in a defensive posture when it comes to their pocketbooks, and for good reason.

Econ Comments & Analysis                                                                                            
The Washington Times | EDITORIAL: Head Start: An $8 billion, ineffective political sacred cow
Head Start, the federal preschool program for low-income kids, is a politician's favorite.
Politico Magazine | The Threat to American Democracy
Building the United States of America has been long, arduous and rife with setbacks. But throughout the years, we have undoubtedly moved toward a more inclusive democracy.
Politico Magazine | What the Economist Doesn't Get About Slavery - And My Book
We think of authors as people who lay themselves bare in their books, but perhaps reviewers of books reveal their innermost fears and beliefs as well.
Wall Street Journal | Study Raises Red Flags for Economy
Can the U.S. compete internationally? Its companies can. Its workers cannot.