Are You Optimistic Or Pessmistic In The Age Of Trump?

Optimistic or pessimistic in the Age of Trump? Surprising answers from attendees at the 2017 International Students For Liberty Conference. Noted George Mason economist Bryan Caplan, author of "The Myth of the Rational Voter" who has written about "the pessimistic bias" in human nature, gives his take. For more, see our video page at http://www.freemarketcentral.com/liberty

 


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The Fed vs. the Middle Class

With interest rates flattened [by the Federal Reserve], government zeroes out the future. Abandoned were 80 percent of private defined-benefit pension plans. Public plans faced a similar evisceration in the future. With no acknowledgement, the U.S. government had casually dispossessed the American middle class of its retirement assets and pushed millions of Americans into acute dependency on government programs. ... Government dependency negated the American dream.

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