OP-EDS

2017

Flat Soda, InsideSources, Huffington Post, 5/17/17.

Why stop with a minimum wage?, US News, 5/4/17.

Safe spaces, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Huffington Post, 4/30/17.

Here’s why the tax code is so huge, LearnLiberty, 4/18/17.

Tax reform that is truly fair, Insidesources, 4/16/17.

Minimum wage hikes a way to buy union votes, Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/9/17.

The trade deficit is meaningless, US News, 4/4/17.

‘Boring’ GDP report a byproduct of lackluster economy, The Hill, 4/3/17.

US running out of borrowing options, USA Today, Insidesources, 3/31/17.

Harrisburg got this one right, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 3/21/17.

Dad’s memorable TV interview, Newsday, Insidesources, 3/15/17.

The 78-cent fallacy, US News, 3/8/17.

Land of the free now home of the ‘busybully’, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Gloucester Times, Lima News, Caller Times, Norwich Bulletin, 3/8/17.

Colorado’s pot full of benefits, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 2/26/17.

Reckoning with incomprehensible debt, InsideSources, Huffington Post 2/8/17.

The people pay when politicians tax business, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/2/17, Huffington Post, 2/9/17.

Don’t buy budget optimism, US News, 2/1/17.

‘Walling in’ state revenue, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 1/22/17.

The truth about Venezuela’s economic war, InsideSources, Providence Journal, 1/18/17.

Borrowing on borrowed time, US News, 1/4/17.

2016

If Trump wants to create jobs, he’ll boost trade, Philadelphia Inquirer, Huffington Post, 12/29/16.

Trump should surrender the drug war, InsideSources, Las Vegas Sun News, Huffington Post, 12/19/16.

Don’t tax – cut!, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 12/18/16.

An open letter to the electoral college, Huffington Post, 12/13/16.

Who is to blame for McDonald’s labor shift?, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 12/12/16.

Debt myths, debunked, US News, 12/1/16.

The inconsistency of ‘cafeteria economists’, Philadelphia Inquirer, Korea Herald, 12/1/16.

The war on Christmas?, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 11/26/16.

President Trump should pardon Hillary Clinton, InsideSources, 11/20/16.

Relief from wars and politics, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 10/30/16.

Dark cloud over deficit day, US News, 10/27/16.

An open letter to the electoral college, Newsday, InsideSources, Duluth News Tribune, The Times and Democrat, 10/18/16.

As sure as death and the estate tax, US News, 10/5/16.

A price to pay for long-term low interest rates, Philadelphia Inquirer, Korea Herald, Gulf Today, 9/29/16.

Trump, Clinton symptoms of a disease, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Charleston Gazette-Mail, 9/25/16.

The right amount of government, US News, Iraq Sun, 9/19/16.

Federal debt pushing US toward disaster, InsideSources, 9/13/16.

If taxpayers paying your tuition, they should pick your major, Philadelphia Inquirer, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Albuquerque Journal, 8/30/16.

PA polls should be sweating over vaping tax, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 8/28/16.

Socialism, in the end, is slavery, InsideSources, La Patilla, 8/22/16.

America’s debt problem is not going away, US News, 8/3/16.

Government debt and spending in 4 graphs, Intercollegiate Review, 8/2/16.

Regulations stifling the American dream, Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/2/16.

The broken mechanics of film tax credits, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 7/24/16.

Regulation kills, InsideSources, 7/19/16.

Discontent is a global disease, US News, 7/12/16.

A matter of consent, Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/5/16.

The perks of a privatized metro system, The Hill, 6/28/16.

Bob Casey’s illegal case of wine, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 6/26/16.

Dems and GOP: Two wings of the same party, Philadelphia Inquirer, Orlando Sentinel, South Coast Today, Northwest Indiana Times, Inside Sources, 5/31/16.

The sad farce of the political duopoly, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 5/29/16.

Working for the machine: It’s time we asked government do do less, Middletown Press, 5/26/16.

The true cost of renewables, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 4/24/16.

For prosperity, embrace economic freedom, Bourgeois, April 2016.

Tom Wolf helps himself with minimum wage edict, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 3/27/16.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s minority power play, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 2/21/16.

Virginia trades cash for due process, Washington Post, 2/21/16.

Film tax ‘credit’ benefits are misleading, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 1/31/16.

California’s plan to kill the driverless car, The Freeman, 1/26/16.

Obama sells hope over reality, one last time, Foundation for Economic Education, 1/15/16.

2015

Economic Freedom: The Surest Path Out of Poverty, Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/30/15.

Obama’s ‘Hope and Change’ is Now Hopelessness and Stagnation, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Real Clear Politics, 12/27/15.

What Does PA Government Have Against Uber Anyway?, Harrisburg Patriot-News, 12/17/15.

Minimum Wage Facts Swept Under the Rug, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 11/22/15.

Forget the Ceiling; Worry About Deficit Day, Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/3/15.

Welcome to Taxylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 10/25/15.

It’s Time to Privatize Metro, Washington Post, 10/16/15.

Francis is the Pope, but He’s No Economic Expert, Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/27/15.

Here Comes the Bill for the ‘No Interest’ Free Lunch, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 9/26/15.

A Road Not Paved By Freedom: America’s Economic Decline, The Hill, 9/21/15.

There Are Better Investments than PA’s Film Tax Credit, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 8/23/15.

Governor Wolf’s Economic Incompetence and Financial Idiocy, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 7/19/15.

Freedom and the American ExperimentInside Sources, The Freeman, Bucks County Courier Times, The Providence Journal, Twin Cities Pioneer Press, South Coast Today, Wisconsin State Journal, Muscatine Journal, 7/3/15.

What ‘Uncle Spender’ Wants, ‘Uncle Spender’ GetsPittsburgh Tribune-Review, 6/27/15.

What a Pittsburgh College Could Teach Seattle, Los Angeles, & ChicagoReal Clear Markets, 6/3/15.

What Would Patrick Henry Say?Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 5/30/15.

The Battle for Control of PA Public SchoolsPittsburgh Tribune-Review, 4/26/15.

How Complicated Taxes Pick Your PocketThe Freeman, 4/6/15.

Why Wolf Wants to Further Complicate PA TaxesPittsburgh Tribune-Review, 3/29/15 (original version).

Why Unions Care About Paid Sick TimeMichigan Capitol Confidential, 3/12/15.

For Gender Equality, You Can’t Beat CapitalismWall Street Journal, 3/6/15.

Economics in the Age of Star Trek (interview), Laissez Squares, 3/4/15.

The National Debt: Do We Owe It to Ourselves? (interview), Cato, 3/3/15.

The Disease That Is GovernmentPittsburgh Tribune-Review, 2/22/15.

Don’t Blame ‘Big Oil’ for PA’s Higher Pump PricesPittsburgh Tribune-Review, 1/15/15.

2014

In Defense of Price GougingPittsburgh Tribune-Review, 12/28/14.

Losing Faith In Our Police, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 11/30/14.

Progressive Taxation’s Mischief, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 11/2/14.

Deficit Day, Real Clear Politics, 10/26/14.

Minimum Wage, Maximum Perversion, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 10/26/14.

Uber Currency, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 9/28/14.

The Great Pennsylvania Liquor Swindle, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 8/24/14.

Reefer Madness, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 7/26/14.

How Would Candidate Obama Measure Up to President Obama?, The Blaze, 7/8/14.

Obama’s Nixonian Turn, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 6/29/14.

Pope Francis, TheBlaze, 5/28/14.

Pope Francis says ‘trust politicians, not free people.’ Really?, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 5/25/14.

Consumers are the best regulators, US News, 5/12/14.

Michael Bloomberg Shoots 50 Million Blanks on Gun Control, TheBlaze, 4/28/14.

Gov. Corbett’s refusal to support medical marijuana defies public opinion and sound rationale, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 4/27/14.

Sorry CNN, but a ‘basic income’ wouldn’t end poverty, TheBlaze, 4/16/14.

Obama’s new road to serfdom, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 3/23/14.

A tale of two governments, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 2/23/14.

Legislature, heal thyself, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 1/26/14.

2013

Faith, freedom, and Francis, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 12/29/13.

When is it enough? Pennsylvania takes another dive into taxpayers’ pockets, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 12/8/13.

Follow the Social Security money, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 12/1/13.

The libertarian ‘threat’, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 11/17/13.

The shutdown’s squandered opportunity, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 10/27/13.

Raising the minimum wage is no free lunch, US News, 10/21/13.

The ‘new normal’ is a bad, bad thing, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 9/29/13.

Happy deficit day, Uncle Sam, Wall Street Journal, 9/24/13.

Obama shoots blanks on gun control, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 8/25/13.

Using tax dollars for degrees we don’t need, US News, 7/29/13.

Let’s call it the Ben Bernanke tax, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 7/28/13.

The truth about liquor control, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 6/28/13.

Detroit & Pittsburgh: A tale of two cities, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 6/23/13.

Film tax credit is a raw deal for taxpayers, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 6/13/13.

It’s time to end defined-benefit pensions for PA’s public employees, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 5/26/13.

The film tax credit farce, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 5/24/13.

Building a new house of cards to create the illusion of economic recovery, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 4/28/13.

For whom the taxpayer toils, Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/17/13.

How to balance the budget in five years, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 3/31/13.

Let Cyprus be the lesson, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 3/22/13.

Unwilling to get real on spending, Obama pulls out the ‘Washington Monument’ card, Forbes, 3/13/13.

How big business benefits from regulation, Washington Times, 3/12/13.

Renaissance or collapse? The choice is ours, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 2/24/13.

Promises, promises, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 1/27/13.

The gun grabbers of January, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 1/13/13.

Runaway federal debt means our money is worth less, Investor’s Business Daily, 1/10/13.

Lies and politicians, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 1/7/13.

2012

America’s massive debt has come back to bite us, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 12/29/12.

Barack Obama’s stimulus didn’t work, US News, 12/18/12.

Ben Bernanke’s war on senior citizens, Forbes, 12/12/12.

Concerned about community welfare, carbon emissions? Try economic freedom, Townhall, 12/1/12.

Fixers of a broken system, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 11/24/12.

Solve the fiscal cliff with a spending cap, US News, 11/13/12.

Obama’s new plan is a rehash of an old one, The Hill, 10/30/12.

The black vote, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 10/28/12.

How pols learned to stop worrying and love the impenetrable tax code, US News, 10/15/12.

End lost drug war now, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 9/29/12.

Uncle Sam’s fiscal year disaster, Washington Times, 9/29/12.

Why we should care about America’s fading economic freedom, US News, 9/25/12. (accompanying chart)

Complementary approaches, Cato Unbound, 9/12/12.

Happy Deficit Day, America!, Real Clear Markets, 9/10/12.

Debt forecast: U.S. will look like Greece by 2021, MarketWatch, 9/6/12.

Election year poses challenges on U.S. tax policy, Buffalo News, 8/29/12.

Public high schools are not doing their jobs, US News, 8/28/12.

Legislating under the influence, Real Clear Policy, 8/28/12. (accompanying charts)

Two out of three the most voters can get, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 8/25/12.

Paul Ryan’s Catholicism and the poor, Wall Street Journal, 8/17/12.

The Senate tax plan is a bait-and-switch, US News, 7/31/12.

Data disprove arguments against liquor privatization, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 7/29/12.

The government does not deserve credit for private businesses’ success, The Daily Caller, 7/25/12.

How bad state laws are still good for U.S. economic freedom, US News, 7/23/12.

All college degrees aren’t created equal, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 7/9/12.

The founders and modern challenges, United Press International, 6/28/12.

Do the tuition math, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 6/23/12.

Economic freedom: Good for the parish, good for the poor, Washington Examiner, 6/12/12.

Why the education bubble will be worse than the housing bubble, US News, 6/12/12.

Do liquor control rules fail public?, Bridge, 6/7/12.

Jobs, Lies, and Unemployment Rate, US News, 5/29/12.

Free markets vs. government plunder, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 5/27/12.

Government creates the next bubble in higher education, Washington Examiner, 5/16/12.

Unions do not appreciate our teachers, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 5/11/12.

Forgetting what ‘good’ looks like, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 4/22/12.

Gimmicks the government uses to tax you, US News, 4/16/12.

On tax day, let’s rethink government, Indianapolis Star, Buffalo News, Allentown Morning Call, 4/15/12.

Why it doesn’t feel like the economy is getting better, US News, 4/3/12.

Corporate taxes trickle down, Boston Herald, 4/2/12.

Legislative alchemy can turn explosive, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 3/25/12.

Why the federal budget matters, US News, 3/20/12.

Women need more freedom, not more government, The Daily Caller, 3/9/12.

Is there a civil right to unionize?, The Daily Caller, 3/2/12.

Obama, Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich Fall Short on Tax ‘Reform’, US News, 2/29/12.

Governor’s development plan too big on government, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2/14/12.

Two big problems with President Obama’s budget, US News, 2/14/12.

Catholic church’s grand bargain backfires, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 2/14/12.

Ignore alcohol-sales fairy tale, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/3/12.

When it comes to taxes, no one has defined ‘”fair”, US News, 1/31/12.

Stop vilifying venture capitalists, CNN.com, 1/13/12.

2011

A letter to Washington…, The Orange County Register, 12/1/11; Bucks County Courier Times, 12/11/11; Scranton Times-Tribune, 12/12/11.

U.S. middle class is the real 1%, The Buffalo News, 11/12/11; The Wisconsin State Journal, 11/12/11; The Orange County Register, 11/12/11.

Protesters should not target entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, The Morning Call, 10/13/11; The Orange County Register, 10/20/11.

Do the math: College adds up over time, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 9/26/11.

It’s the uncertainty, stupid, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 9/21/11.

What’s your college tuition really worth?, The Tennesseean, Tampa Bay Online, 9/15/11.

Debt commission members: Forget about tax hikes and focus on growing the economy, New York Daily News, 8/19/11.

At heart of downgrade is a lack of humility, Pittsburgh Business Times, 8/19/11.

Give Children the Vote to Safeguard Their Futures, Buffalo News, 8/22/11.

Nikolewski, R. 2011. Cut Defense Spending to Balance the Budget? Even If You Eliminated the Entire Military You’d Still Be Short, CapitolReport New Mexico, 8/22/11.

Teaching Your Kids About Money, Pittsburgh Catholic Magazine, 3(1), 10-11.

Uncle Sam Needs Spending Therapy, Cincinnati Enquirer, Newark Advocate, Coshocton Tribune, Zanesville Times Recorder, 5/27/11; Buffalo News, 6/3/11; Sun Sentinel, Daily News Journal, The Tennessean, Democrat and Chronicle, Asheville Citizen Times, 6/6/11.

Dancing on Air, The Roanoke Times, 5/14/11.

Immigration Status Checks: An Employer Obligation, The Pelican Post, 5/11/11.

No Cheers for CDC, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 5/6/11.

Matching Funds Hindered Growth of Texas Economy, Houston Chronicle, 4/23/11.

Why the Debt Ceiling is Total Fiction, Wall Street Cheat Sheet, 4/14/11.

Sieben, L. 2011. Lights! Dancers! Economics!, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/10/11.

Ryan Budget a Good Step on the Road to Prosperity, Washington Examiner, 4/7/11.

California: Beware the 5.2 Percent Rule, San Diego Tribune, 3/24/11.

Why Keep State Stores?, Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/6/11.

5 Major Problems with the US Debt, Wall Street Cheat Sheet, 2/17/11.

Saying Uncle, Los Angeles Times, 2/17/11.

The Death Tax, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 1/28/11.

’Estate Tax’ Label Misleads on Levy’s True Purpose, Washington Examiner, 1/23/11; San Francisco Examiner, 1/22/11.

Payroll Tax-Cut Cacophony, Washington Times, 1/3/11.

2010

Want to Balance the Budget? Get Out the Chainsaw, AOL News, 12/10/10.

The estate tax RIP: Contrary to popular belief, the estate tax concentrates wealth, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 2/10/10.

What’s Missing from the Health Care Debate, Michigan Capitol Confidential, 9/29/10.

Property Rights, Shocks, Spot Market, Supply, Subjective Utility, International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd Edition.

The ROI on the MBA. BizEd. Jan/Feb, 42-45. (podcast)

The link below is for a calculator that estimates the value of an MBA degree. The estimates are based on demographic, educational, and salary data from 38,000 recent MBA graduates. 

On the first sheet, enter your  information and information about your MBA program. The estimated value of your degree will be displayed at the top of the sheet. The second through fourth sheets provide graphs of the estimated net present value, internal rate of return, and breakeven based on the data you provided.

 The spreadsheet is in XLSX format, so until Microsoft updates Internet Explorer, you’ll have to right click on the link, select SAVE AS, and save the spreadsheet to your computer (the file extension will default to .zip; change it to .xlsx). You can then open the spreadsheet. Alternatively, you can use Firefox or Chrome.

(value of MBA calculator)

Building a holy economy. World & I. Jan/Feb, 72-77.