The Perfect Storm

We are living in difficult times. The ongoing pandemic, social unrest, and a polarized election cycle are challenging our nation to its core. Any of these events can reap enough havoc on its own, but we are dealing with them simultaneously. It is a perfect storm. Times of crisis tell us a lot about character […]

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China, the US, and COVID-19

Prominent Republicans and numerous analysts are calling for a complete overhaul of China-US relations. This is understandable, especially given the fact that China has not provided accurate and timely information about COVID-19. It’s difficult to tell if this pandemic could have been avoided entirely. Still, the world could have avoided much of the human and […]

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More on the Coronavirus

In my last post, I expressed hope that China and the US would work together to control the spread of COVID-19. The Chinese government has permitted WHO officials into the country, but it’s not clear how much information they are getting. Unfortunately, Beijing has not allowed CDC officials to enter. It looks like Beijing is […]

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The China-US Trade Deal: Phase 1

The US and China just signed phase 1 of a trade deal. It is not the colossal victory the Trump administration hoped for, but it is definite progress. Here are the major components of the deal: China committed to increase purchases of US goods by $200 billion over the next two years, including $32 billion […]

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Huawei hasn’t gone away

The US case against Huawei is as serious as ever. The tech company’s close ties to the Chinese government have created a national security threat. Andy Purdy, Huawei’s Chief Security Officer, is charged with defending the company’s integrity during the crisis. Earlier this year, Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo picked him apart in a lengthy interview, […]

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The NBA’s China Debacle

In early June 2019, 240,000 Hong Kong residents took to the streets to peacefully protest proposed legislation that would permit its citizens to be extradited to mainland China for trial. The bill in question was later withdrawn, but the demonstrations expanded into a protest against police brutality and oppression from Beijing. On October 4, Daryl […]

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More on Student Debt

In my last post, I criticized student debt forgiveness proposals from Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for president. Even if you argue that government should subsidize the cost of college, repaying debt incurred by students in the past is a totally different issue. There are obvious problems with debt forgiveness schemes, but I will list […]

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Sanders and Warren on Student Debt

About 44 million Americans owe a collective $1.5 trillion in college debt. If elected, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders propose to end it. Other Democrats have made similar claims. To be fair, I sympathize with students who overextended themselves with debt, expected a job they didn’t get, and are now obligated to pay it back. […]

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Update on the US-China Trade War

The trade war with China is escalating. The most recent concern is what the Trump administration accurately calls “currency manipulation.” Major world currencies like the US dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen, and the British pound are actively traded; the rates of exchange among these currencies are determined predominantly by market forces (traders). But the […]

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