Hunt Lawrence and Daniel J. Flynn

Hunt Lawrence is a New York-based investor. Daniel Flynn is the author of five books.

Is There an Algorithm in the House?

 

Amazon killed Sears, Toys R Us, and Borders. Can it save our healthcare system? The company further fueled speculation about its desire to venture from its rainforest into the healthcare jungle through a recent job posting. The Amazon Benefits Department seeks a math whiz to “analyze data to help identify opportunities to improve employee wellbeing […]

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It Don’t Come Easy Leaving Quantitative Easing

 

The rate on ten-year U.S. Treasury bonds rose from below 3 percent to 3.2 percent last week. Signals abound that that Quantitative Easing morphs into Quantitative Tightening. The rise in the bond rate follows the Federal Reserve, which devoured U.S. bonds when the economy tanked during the Great Recession, announcing the increase of the federal […]

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Rachel Mitchelling the Debt

 

President Donald Trump finally figured out how to avoid those periodic PR disasters over looming government shutdowns. It turns out that if you distract the media with explosive charges involving Quaaludes, gang rape, and “boofing,” “ralphing,” “devil’s triangle,” and other words and phrases heretofore not uttered under the Capitol dome, they forget to saturate the […]

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Trillion Dollar Deficits in an Age of Prosperity

 

Paul Reveres or Chicken Littles, depending upon your perspective, warn of a coming danger. The doomsday scenarios appear confined neither to an intellectual ghetto where the respectable fear to tread nor to either end of the ideological spectrum. “The Coming Trump Recession” (Vanity Fair), “How to Survive the Coming Recession” (Salon.com), and “Early Recession Warnings […]

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A $21,432,243,515,559 Reckoning

 

Federal revenues flatline at $3.3 trillion. The amount the federal government took in this year matches what it took in last year, and the year before that, and the year before that. There would be a Groundhog Day quality to the repetition if only the major players learned to finally get it right. The Congressional […]

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Healthcare Devours Same GDP Portion That Taxes Did Before Reagan Cut Them

 

Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp railed against income tax rates crushing the American dream four decades ago. Today, Americans devote almost exactly the same percentage of the economy to healthcare as the federal government received in taxes 40 years ago. Conservatives outraged over Big Government devouring nearly a fifth of the gross domestic product (GDP) […]

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If Obamacare Succeeded, Why Berniecare?

 

If Obamacare succeeded, then why do so many who had once regarded it as a panacea now enthusiastically back Senator Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All bill? Senators Tammy Baldwin, Jeanne Shaheen, and Tom Udall all voted for Obamacare in Congress only to co-sponsor Sanders’s bill. The support for the latter appears as an indictment of […]

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The Godzilla Wrecking the American Economy

 

Warren Buffett likens healthcare to a “tapeworm” draining the lifeblood of the American economy. A more apt animal metaphor seems Godzilla. Amazon, a partner with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase in a recently launched healthcare company, plans to open a clinic in Seattle, CNBC reports. The clinic reportedly serves very few Amazonians initially before […]

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CBO Forecast: Cloudy With a Chance of Debt

 

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its annual budgetary forecast this week. The Washington, D.C. weathermen say storm clouds approach. Under the rosiest scenario, U.S. debt-to-GDP ratio approaches the highest level on record, about 119 percent in the aftermath of World War II, by 2038. The report notes that “under all three alternative scenarios, debt […]

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More Money for Albany, Less Power in Washington

 

House Republicans seek to extend the Trump tax reforms that sunset in 2025 through something called Tax Reform 2.0. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) says this effort to permanentize last December’s reforms includes the limitation on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction. “We think out of fairness that cap ought […]

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