Some Common Cents for May 25, 2014

May 23, 2014, by John Norris

As a general rule, I don’t like casinos. Yes, I have been to a few, and, yes, I have even had a good time on occasion. However, the whole concept of a casino seems more than a little underhanded, and I have always felt a little worse for the wear whenever I leave one. The reason is simple: the odds aren’t in your favor. If they were, there wouldn’t be any money in it for...

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Some Common Cents for May 9th 2014

May 12, 2014, by John Norris

I was on the television this past Wednesday morning, and the show host asked me the following: “how will climate change impact the economy?” If you are prepared for it, this isn’t too terribly difficult a question. However, I really sort of wasn’t, as I had only seen the questions mere moments before going on the air. So, I looked at him and stammered and stuttered as though I had been drinking. Um, well, er,...

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Some Common Cents for May 2nd 2014

May 2, 2014, by John Norris

Yesterday, Seattle mayor Ed Murray proposed a plan to raise the minimum wage in that city to $15/hour, to be phased in over 7 years, depending on the size of the company. Firms with greater than 500 employees, nationally, have 3 years to make it happen. Those that offer health insurance get another year, and firms smaller than 500 American employees get the full 7 years. After that, the powers that be will adjust the...

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