The Constituent

The Constituent
Policy and Economics From the View of the American Heartland
Created 01 Feb 2021
  • The Default State of Play
    01 Oct 2021 • 10 min read
    Since several of you have asked, I figured you deserved a post about the current default crisis in DC. The short of it is, it’s all political, and none of this has to happen. The rest of us are essent...
  • How Much Money is $3.5 Trillion?
    14 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    The goal of The Constituent has never been to tell readers what to think. Most often, there is no black and white, nor right or wrong answers about what to think. Instead, the world usually a boring m...
  • Finally, a Letter about Borking Economics
    12 Jul 2021 • 12 min read
    On Friday, President Biden gave what I believe to be the most important speech by any president at least in my lifetime, and perhaps for decades longer than that. If you want to watch it, here it is: ...
  • Lotteries and Black Holes
    01 Jul 2021 • 5 min read
    Lotteries This letter will be another economics adjacent topic. Hopefully in the next few months I will have my routine normalized, and be able to get out a regularly scheduled letter dissecting curre...
  • Gun to Your Head...
    12 Jun 2021 • 5 min read
    Every once in a while you hear something that sticks with you. Something that you can’t stop thinking about for days or even weeks. This happened to me not long ago, thanks to Tim Miller. Miller is an...
  • Redux on Media's Influence
    27 May 2021 • 20 min read
    I had a fun conversation yesterday with a great friend and mentor. The conversation moved to the growing trend that is colloquially called “Fox News Brain.” FNB is a growing field of evidence that rad...
  • All Praise to Liz Cheney
    07 May 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Some of you, who might not know me really well, might describe me as a cynic. Some of you, who know me well, might disagree and say I passed cynicism about 15 exits ago, and am still flying down the h...
  • Is Biden Tripling the Debt?
    01 May 2021 • 4 min read
    After my last newsletter about Biden’s big speech, I had an fun social media discussion about spending and national debt. Someone made the claim that Biden’s spending wish list was going to triple the...
  • Biden's (third) Big Plan
    29 Apr 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Now it’s officially out: Joe Biden wants to tax the rich and use the money to pay for all kinds of middle and working class programs and benefits. This is his third giant spending proposal in his firs...
  • The COVID Death Toll
    06 Apr 2021 • 5 min read
    If you’ve had a conversation with me in the last year, and COVID-19 was brought up at all, you likely heard me say that we are vastly undercounting the number of Covid deaths. I know you’ve heard the ...
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