Mark J. Perry is concurrently a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan's Flint campus. He is best known as the creator and editor of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem. At AEI, Perry writes about economic and financial issues for American.com and the AEIdeas blog.
1. Chart of the Day: Since January 2007, oil and gas industry jobs (both extraction and support jobs) have increased by 58% through February 2014. During the same period, overall US payroll employment has increased by only 0.21% (1/5 of 1%).
The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.
Jonah Goldberg wrote the book on Liberal Fascism. “It is my argument,” he writes, “that American liberalism is a totalitarian political religion.” Mozilla’s highly illuminating statement shows us liberals at prayer.
8. Free Market Health Care: Oklahoma County’s employee health care plan is self-financed, making county officials price-sensitive. That’s why they just signed a contract with the industry leader in market-based, low-cost health care with transparent pricing – the Surgery Center of Oklahoma. With surgery prices that are 85-90% lower than most hospitals, the county could save $1 million per year, according to this report.
9. Free Market Health Care II: Ocean Surgery Center in Torrance CA was inspired by, and now follows, the transparent pricing of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma and its “principles of free market to empower patients” and “re-centering value around the patient.” I say, “Let a thousand free-market based surgery centers with transparent pricing bloom across America” as an antidote to the Unaffordable Care Act.
10. Map of the Day: “I, Nutella” – the product’s global supply chain. (Bonus: Watch “I, Pencil – The Movie” here.)