Economic Analysis

HICKS: Lessons to glean from Keystone Towers demolitionRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Mike Hicks
The demolition of a vacant apartment building is common fare in American cities. It is part of the urban renewal that is much needed in many U.S. cities.
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HICKS: High taxes are myth, not America's problemRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Mike Hicks
In too many places, government does things the private sector does better and cheaper.
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HICKS: Vouchers could help fix what's ailing Indiana schoolsRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Mike Hicks
The real purpose of vouchers was to add incentives for public schools to improve.
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HICKS: Investors downgrade Standard & Poor's political ployRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Mike Hicks
There are many reasons to believe the second half of the year will bring a faster-growing economy.
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HICKS: Cuts will come in wake of federal budget dealRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Mike Hicks
It is clear that the agreement to raise the United States’ debt ceiling demands cuts to military budgets, to entitlements and to the vast cornucopia of discretionary spending.
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HICKS: Woody Guthrie, Ron Paul and the national debtRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Mike Hicks
Now, I have been given to observe many a wondrous and unusual thing over the course of my life, but the thought of Ron Paul and Woody Guthrie cozying up on fiscal policy leaves me virtually speechless.
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HICKS: Ending subsidies good, but won't solve debtRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Mike Hicks
We currently have an unsustainable budget, and the inevitable increase in borrowing costs is simply a tax on political cowardice on the matter.
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HICKS: Without real cuts, cost of borrowing will riseRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Mike Hicks
What is abundantly clear is that federal spending is much higher than is currently sustainable.
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HICKS: Founding document holds lessons for todayRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Mike Hicks
The Declaration of Independence has some key tenets that bear mentioning in these times.
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HICKS: Jobless compensation and the incentive to workRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Mike Hicks
In essence, the body of research tells us that longish periods of unemployment compensation tend to cause longish periods of unemployment.
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HICKS: Absence of fathers has dire economic impactRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Mike Hicks
Poverty in America is overwhelmingly caused by two things: failing to graduate from high school and single parenting.
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HICKS: Indiana an economic anomaly in MidwestRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Mike Hicks
We Hoosiers are an economic anomaly, an island of growth and resurgent prosperity.
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HICKS: Recession took its toll on under-educatedRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Mike Hicks
The hard truth is that all the jobs lost in the economy that will return already have. So what will become of those who lost jobs to the recession for which none await them now? The prognosis is none too optimistic.
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HICKS: Remembering those who fought, and whyRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Mike Hicks
Three times as many Hoosiers perished in the Civil War than the nation as a whole has lost to battle since Vietnam.
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HICKS: Slow recovery doesn’t favor interventionRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Mike Hicks
Most disagreement over economic policy is not based on theory; rather it is based on the discordant views about the ability of government to quickly and efficiently spend a stimulus or target a tax cut.
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HICKS: Gas prices explained by simple economicsRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Mike Hicks
Oil prices are affected by the demand for petroleum products, the available supply of oil, the value of the currency in which it is denominated, and uncertainty about future supply or demand.
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HICKS: Motherhood changes, but not in importanceRestricted Content

May 6, 2011
Mike Hicks
The best estimates tell us that about 26 percent of all Americans are mothers, and that the past few decades have seen a big increase in the range of ages of motherhood.
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HICKS: Raising taxes won’t increase federal revenueRestricted Content

April 30, 2011
Mike Hicks
Hauser’s Law, which is really an empirical observation, notes that U.S. income tax revenue has hovered within a percentage point of 19 percent of our total economy for more than 50 years.
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HICKS: Corporate profits don't deserve condescensionRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Mike Hicks
Profits are much maligned, and the profit motive is oft depicted as synonymous with greed. This is disheartening. Disdain drawn from ignorance is intellectually lazy.
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HICKS: Economic activity stalls when taxes riseRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Mike Hicks
We know from long experience that, if you raise taxes, you get less economic activity, even if higher tax rates make some people work harder.
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HICKS: Right-to-work laws make economic senseRestricted Content

April 9, 2011
Mike Hicks
There is abundant research on the economic effects of right-to-work laws by economists of both the right and left. The results are pretty clear that right-to-work legislation leads to increased employment.
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HICKS: General Assembly puts foolishness on displayRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Mike Hicks
We need the remaining month of this Legislature to look a lot less like the last month.
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HICKS: Debt a bigger problem than who bought itRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Mike Hicks
purchasing our debt and being our banker are different matters altogether.
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HICKS: Education reform deserves bipartisan supportRestricted Content

March 19, 2011
Mike Hicks
The goal of the legislation is to give public schools more incentives to improve.
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HICKS: Unfortunately, veteran tuition benefits must be cutRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Mike Hicks
It's a wide entitlement program that will literally explode in the coming decades, since a third of all combat veterans will meet the disability requirements. It is not sustainable, and the Senate just tightened the requirements.
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  1. President Obama has referred to the ACA as "Obamacare" any number of times; one thing it is not, if you don't qualify for a subsidy, is "affordable".

  2. One important correction, Indiana does not have an ag-gag law, it was soundly defeated, or at least changed. It was stripped of everything to do with undercover pictures and video on farms. There is NO WAY on earth that ag gag laws will survive a constitutional challenge. None. Period. Also, the reason they are trying to keep you out, isn't so we don't show the blatant abuse like slamming pigs heads into the ground, it's show we don't show you the legal stuf... the anal electroctions, the cutting off of genitals without anesthesia, the tail docking, the cutting off of beaks, the baby male chicks getting thrown alive into a grinder, the deplorable conditions, downed animals, animals sitting in their own excrement, the throat slitting, the bolt guns. It is all deplorable behavior that doesn't belong in a civilized society. The meat, dairy and egg industries are running scared right now, which is why they are trying to pass these ridiculous laws. What a losing battle.

  3. Eating there years ago the food was decent, nothing to write home about. Weird thing was Javier tried to pass off the story the way he ended up in Indy was he took a bus he thought was going to Minneapolis. This seems to be the same story from the founder of Acapulco Joe's. Stopped going as I never really did trust him after that or the quality of what being served.

  4. Indianapolis...the city of cricket, chains, crime and call centers!

  5. "In real life, a farmer wants his livestock as happy and health as possible. Such treatment give the best financial return." I have to disagree. What's in the farmer's best interest is to raise as many animals as possible as quickly as possible as cheaply as possible. There is a reason grass-fed beef is more expensive than corn-fed beef: it costs more to raise. Since consumers often want more food for lower prices, the incentive is for farmers to maximize their production while minimizing their costs. Obviously, having very sick or dead animals does not help the farmer, however, so there is a line somewhere. Where that line is drawn is the question.

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