Roland Stephen

Vision, ideas, and communication for effective public policy


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    Humanity at Risk!

    Monday, August 8th, 2011

    Karl draws out all the reasons why no other assets can be substituted for U.S. treasuries, but his conclusion is quite melodramatic! This is why a downgrade of the United States is a downgrade of humanity itself. Its also why alternative to the dollar and Treasuries need to be found. The reality is more prosaic, [...]

    Between a Rock and a Social Science

    Friday, July 1st, 2011

    In the spirit of Karl’s continuing series “There will be taxes” I want to begin harping on an issue that is too little acknowledged in public debate: Whatever policies are adopted, whatever sources employed, energy prices will rise. There will also be volatility, which will allow partisans on one kind or another to criticize the [...]

    Dead End

    Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

    Our political leaders are desperately seeking ways to lower the rise in healthcare costs. This is especially true in the case of Medicare, which is the most likely cause of a future fiscal crisis. Yet the search may be pointless for a simple reason–as a society we want to spend a lot of money on [...]