A Call for Social Determinants
Healthcare / Medicare / Politics

A Call for Social Determinants

It is common knowledge that the United States spends substantially more money on health care than other developed nations, yet it is by no means the healthiest country. Health care accounts for one-sixth of United States’ gross domestic product (GDP), but morbidity continues to rise. Two out of three American adults are obese, one-third of American adults have high blood pressure, and diabetes prevalence is … Continue reading

The Non-Issue of High Youth Unemployment, Part I
America / Economy / Labor Force

The Non-Issue of High Youth Unemployment, Part I

The Reality of Unemployment in the Youth Unemployed persons are typically defined by the Department of Labor as people who are not employed but are actively seeking a job. When the Department of Labor measures youth unemployment they take measurements in April and gather numbers through July. April is the beginning of hiring for the … Continue reading

March Jobs Report: Unemployment Falls as Job Seekers Give Up
Economy / U.S. Domestic Policy

March Jobs Report: Unemployment Falls as Job Seekers Give Up

February’s job report looked so promising. Unemployment was down by .2% and 236,000 jobs were added to the economy. The economic outlook was great. Then the jobs report for March came out. What happened? In a blog post I wrote last month I predicted that the promising economic outlook was premature and that March’s report … Continue reading

America / Economy / Fiscal policy / Politics / Presidency / Regulation

A Comparison: Reagan, Obama & Jobs

A myriad of articles have been written on how the presidential election of 2012 should garner a stringent comparison to that of the 1980 presidential election.  I agree.  During both presidential elections the United States economy was and is hurting.  But, the focus of this article is: how did the presidents perform after they won … Continue reading