I Don’t Like Thugs

It’s been reported that a bunch of Teamsters have threatened a reality show crew because the production company was using non-union drivers. Having been a victim of union violence myself, I’m never surprised by such thuggery.

This sort of harassment is a sure sign that groups like the Teamsters are headed to the dust heap of history. They are becoming obsolete, socially, economically, and technologically. They won’t go quietly, but, eventually, they will go.

Two Years Ago Today

How’s Obamacare workin’ out for you?

Homeopathic Economics

Originally posted on 30 July, 2012

Homeopathy is a form of quackery that bases medical treatment on the idea that stuff which makes well people sick will make sick people well. Obamacare is, among its many faults, a form of homeopathic economics.

Consider the effect of the Medical Device Excise Tax on unemployment. It’s a basic principle of economics that if you tax something, you’ll get less of it. That’s one of the justifications for the taxes on tobacco products. So if we tax medical devices, we should expect that the demand for them will go down (to the extent that it is elastic) or that manufacturing will contract because of the increase cost (to the extent that demand is inelastic) creating shortages. Either way, the costs to consumers go up and the need for employees at device manufacturers goes down.

Only an economic homeopath would think that doing something that kills jobs in a good economy will expand employment in a weak economy.

Oh, and the tax has the effect of raising the cost to consumers for medical devices. Again, only an economic homeopath would believe that increasing the cost of goods saves money.

Is it November yet?