Back in January 2014, I warned that U.S. farmland prices had jumped to the peak of a parabola and were ripe to plunge down the other side. Today farmers in the Midwest and Plains struggle with a 20-30 percent drop in land values amid collapsed commodity prices. For most of 2017, though, it’s been a …
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Bloomberg Radio asked me to come on the air to speak about President Trump’s tax plan and whether tax cuts could help economic growth.  At one point (2:15), I had to jump in and correct the antagonistic interviewer with a “Now hold on  a minute!” Here’s the Bloomberg story:  Todd Buchholz, Author: The Price of …
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If you care about your health, take a look at my Washington Post oped on health care reform:  All of these healthcare plans are so 20th century Parrots can learn economics, claimed Victorian economist Alfred Marshall. Just teach the parrot to squawk “supply and demand.” So if a parrot can learn, why can’t the U.S. government? House …
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Grover Cleveland is messing with your vacation.  As we point out in this Sunday’s Los Angeles Times an archaic old law is costing American jobs and muddling family time.  These days, anyone can hop on a cruise from Miami to Cuba. But if you try to board a ship from Miami to Key West, New …
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Back in 1999 I coined the term “scissors economy,” which threatens to snip the middleman out of nearly every transaction. An article in Sunday’s Korea Times applies the scissors economy to artificial intelligence.  Here’s the text of “AI Invigorates Scissors Economy” by Yoon Sung-won: The introduction of technologies from internet to artificial intelligence (AI) is …
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It’s been a tough year for hapless Charlie Brown and his insouciant beagle Snoopy. First, they were let go by MetLife, which is seeking a more youthful image than a perpetual eight-year old. Now Iconix, a U.S. based company that owns the rights to Charles Schulz’s comic characters, has announced that it will sell those …
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President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia earned warm embraces, multi-billion-dollar investments, and a joint commitment to fight against the barbarism of ISIS and the territorial threats of Iran. This good cheer surprised many Americans: After all, U.S. media commentators have spent the last year warning that Trump’s comments about Muslims and threats of a Muslim …
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After 138 years, A Doll’s House, Part 2 opened on Broadway.  It’s witty, poignant, and deftly straddles the feminist battles of the past century.  But we wondered, What would happen if protagonist Nora showed up in today’s world?  Read this in the Observer and below: It was the door slam heard around the world. In 1879 Nora Helmer, the wife …
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For every Mark Zuckerberg in his dorm room, thousands of young men in hoodies are sitting on a sofa in their mom’s basement, bravely chasing avatars in World of Warcraft. We can help by reshaping Social Security, as I write in The Hill: A headline 4.5 percent unemployment rate shouts “prosperity,” but few believe it. That’s …
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