Roy Cordato

Senior Economist and Resident Scholar

Posts by Roy Cordato (page 5)

  • 11 years with less than 3% growth–2 1/2 times any other stretch

    As of the end of 2016 the US has gone 11 years, since 2006, with less than 3% economic growth. 2016 had a pitiful 1.6% growth rate, less than 2015.  According to CNSnews: prior to this period, the longest stretch of years when real GDP did not grow by at…
    Roy Cordato, January 27, 2017
  • A look at global temperature change 1998-2016

    The data is through December 2016. While 2016 is statistically tied with 1998 the 18 year trend is still flat. See here.
    Roy Cordato, January 19, 2017
  • You might be a progressive if…

    …you actually believe that there are people who A) do not believe that the climate exists—climate deniers or B) people who believe that the climate exists but never changes—climate change deniers.
    Roy Cordato, December 19, 2016
  • Flag Burning: A Matter of Property Rights

      To agree with others is not a problem in any society; it is the right to disagree that is crucial. It is the institution of private property that protects and implements the right to disagree.—Ayn Rand, “What is Capitalism?” Earlier this week President-elect Trump renewed what most had thought was a…
    Roy Cordato, November 30, 2016
  • An open ended question to my fellow libertarians?

    For decades libertarians have broken questions of public policy into three broad categories–issues of war and peace, i.e. foreign policy; social issues, i.e. gay rights, drug legalization, etc. and economic issues. Everyone from the Cato Institute to the Libertarian Party have at one time or another described libertarians as being…
    Roy Cordato, November 24, 2016
  • Amid hyperbolic allusions to a coming fascism in America here are six possible advances in liberty that could come from a Trump presidency

    1. The elimination of the individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance. 2. The repeal of Obamacare’s HHS Mandate which robs individuals and businesses of their religious liberties and all people of their right to freely negotiate the terms of their labor and insurance contracts.. 3. Elimination of Clean…
    Roy Cordato, November 10, 2016
  • When is schoolyard bullying ok?

    According to this PSA, when the parents of the kid being bullied didn’t vote.
    Roy Cordato, October 25, 2016
  • Does North Carolina have a sales tax or a cascade tax

    North Carolina has a sales tax, right? A sales tax is supposed to tax the final sale of goods and services and only the final sales. But the fact is that our sales tax applies not only to final sales but also to business to business sales–that is to sales…
    Roy Cordato, October 20, 2016