Today I'm giving a public talk to and for the Michigan Intergenerational Network. I'll be discussing how government budget policies and priorities are affecting the generations. This is a topic worthy of an entire college course or even a MOOC, but unfortunately I've only got a couple hours at most. This post isn't a full … Continue reading How Federal Budget Policy Affects Generations
This is the slide deck for my campus presentation today as part of the LCC Centre for Engaged Inclusion speaker series. Direct link to download file here in case the embedded slides don't display in your browser.
I'll be speaking next week, May 9, to the Arizona Directors Symposium, a professional development symposium for directors, managers, and others involved in early childhood education and early childcare. I'll be speaking about the macroeconomics of early childcare. The slides are posted below here (you can download the file if you click on the little … Continue reading Caring for Children Is Caring for the Economy
I've always found putting things in historical perspective and looking at the long-term trend of things usually illuminates a lot of policy discussions. It's easier to see "what's really happening" if you look at the long-term trend. Taxes, tax rates, and the government budget are often hot topics of policy debate. So is the future … Continue reading So Who Pays For the Government and How?
For at least two decades the "very serious people" in Washington have insisted that the Social Security system is "broke". They've been screaming "bankrupt, bankrupt I tell you!" for so long that unfortunately an entire generation of young people and even middle aged workers are convinced that Social Security won't be there for them when … Continue reading Why SS Is Not “Broke” And How The Trust Fund Works
On April 1, 2015 I'm presenting at the Area Agency on Aging 1-B sixth annual Judith J. Wahlberg Lecture. I'll be taking another whack at these zombie ideas that Social Security and/or Medicare are unsustainable, that they're going BANKRUPT, and that we must cut benefits now to prevent cutting benefits later. As you can tell, … Continue reading Myth Busting the Fears of Social Security and Medicare Insolvency
I'm giving a joint presentation with Sue Sweeney of Madonna University's Aging Studies Department about the The Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act, also known as "ObamaCare" is a very complex piece of legislation that is changing the health care landscape. We are offering the presentation on some of the significant provisions of the Act on November 12, … Continue reading Affordable Care Act Across Generations
I'm speaking to today to the Council on Action for Aging at Henry Ford Senior Living Village. I'll be talking about the economics of intergenerational transfers and how, contrary to the views put forth in much of the news media, the Social Security system is actually doing quite well and "will be there" when even … Continue reading CAA May 2014 – Economics of Intergenerational Transfers
The presentation I'm making to some open classes on campus this week and to a community group in early May. Bottom-line: When media pundits and politicians tell us that the older generation is "screwing" the younger generation, they're lying. There sound economic theoretical and empirical reasons for intergenerational transfer programs and social compacts like Social … Continue reading Intergenerational Transfers, Social Security, and Medicare
I gave a presentation today to the Michigan Intergenerational Network at Madonna University on the economic prospects of Medicare (U.S.). Thanks to the Madonna Univ. Gerontology Department for support and assistance. For a downloadable and viewable copy of the presentation, see: https://jimluke.com/course-resources/presentations/busting-myths-about-medicare/.