Kerry would bust the budget on healthcare

Now that the presidential nominees of both major parties are known, it's appropriate to focus attention on their plans to deal with one of the nation's major public policy problems: insuring the uninsured. The differences between the two plans are enormous.

Malthus Reconsidered

In An Essay on the Principle of Population , first published in 1798, Thomas Malthus stated his aphorism that the geometric growth of population must eventually exceed the arithmetic growth of resources. Malthus is most often invoked in the context of acrimonious ideological debates on human population growth and its effect on the natural environment. Environmental advocates, including Paul Ehrlich, Harvard University 's Club of Rome and the United Nations, decry human population growth, claiming that it causes intolerable pollution and will result in a scarcity of key natural resources and mass starvation. Others have called for international programs to slow or reverse population growth and for governmental controls on natural resource use. However , Malthus' arguments, upon which some of these fears are based, are rarely scientifically analyzed.

Bush versus Kerry on Health Care

Now that the presidential nominees of both major parties are known, it is appropriate to focus attention on the candidates' plans to deal with the problem of insuring the uninsured.

Handwriting Is On The Wall For Tomorrow's Job Seekers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has just issued a new report on employment growth over the next decade.

Prepared by the agency's career staff, it has an excellent record of forecasting industry and occupational trends. It contains good news for those seeking jobs — if they have the right skills.

Missing the point . . . and the options

The 2004 campaign is under way, and finally the political world has turned its attention to the single most important domestic policy issue we face: Social Security. In comments before the House Budget Committee on Wednesday, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan inadvertently ignited a firestorm that spooked the media, frightened retirees and put the election-year spin machines in high gear – all because he told the truth.