Category: Commentary

Initial Thoughts on the 2010 Census

Christmas came a little early for statisticians and demographers with the release of the first numbers from the decennial census.  These three interactive maps provide a means of understanding population movements and absolute numbers.  Here are initial thoughts based on these maps.  Most of the headlines commonly reported are really continuations of past trends, or …

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E&Y Deserves its Lehman Trouble

New York Attorney General and Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo filed a lawsuit against Ernst & Young.  The suit charges Ernst & Young with helping Lehman Brothers engage in accounting fraud involving “the surreptitious removal of tens of billions of dollars of securities from Lehman’s balance sheet to create a false impression of Lehman’s liquidity, thereby defrauding …

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Crazy Eddie and the Financial Crisis

 In my prior posting on the financial meltdown I mentioned that just about anybody by now has their own theory on what caused the financial meltdown of 2008.  Mine may be a little different: The financial meltdown occurred because nobody believed that all the bankers had gone insane. I remember the first time I heard a …

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The Missing Word

There is a word that has been sadly missing from the national debate on how to get the US economy growing. That word is opportunity.

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What is the Individual Mandate? How Will This End?

At this point, nearly everybody has heard of the individual mandate.  But far less is known about what it is.  The recent Federal District Court ruling by Judge Henry Hudson in Virginia relies on a very specific interpretation of what the individual mandate is.  A change in the interpretation of what the mandate is also changes Judge Hudson’s conclusion.  Despite …

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