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Affluent Christian Investor | December 12, 2019

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AboutDaniel McLaughlin, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

Daniel McLaughlin

Daniel McLaughlin

Daniel J. McLaughlin is the author of "Compassion and Truth-Why Good Intentions Don't Equal Good Results." Formerly a finance executive, he is now focused primarily on writing on economics, business, and politics. You can find him at daniel-mclaughlin.com.

Posts By Daniel McLaughlin

December 9, 2019 |

Business Success Comes From Skin In The Game

Strict central planning for a nation has been a disaster, whenever and wherever it has been imposed. Central planning, however, is not necessarily an all-or-nothing proposition. Certain industries, such as airlines, utilities, or ground transportation, may be socialized, being owned … Read More

December 5, 2019 |

Stop Calling The Deep State ‘Public Servants’

People who work for the government, elected, appointed, or otherwise installed, are typically called public servants, that their role is to serve the public, to do what is good for the people in society. That understanding is naive. People who … Read More

November 26, 2019 |

Trump Is Laying His Own Trap

Donald Trump has demonstrated many times over his incredible game-playing ability, getting his opponents to overplay their hands and to shoot themselves in the foot, and it is fun to see. He knows how to get things done, and … Read More

October 28, 2019 |

Capitalism Sustains Development; Socialism Sustains Poverty

We have witnessed a dramatic decrease in the percentage of the world population living in extreme poverty over the last few decades. The United Nations likes to attribute it to its Sustainable Development Goals and its amazing government-run programs for … Read More

October 23, 2019 |

Global Warming Honcho Shockingly Honest About Climate Change Policy

I admit it, I am a skeptic. As ironic as it sounds, I am often even skeptical about the skepticism of others. I usually don’t take things at face value. I need to look behind the facade and see … Read More

October 15, 2019 |

Giving Government Power To Protect Us From Corporate Power Makes Things Worse

Politics revolves around who should have power, often between the public and private sectors, but lack of a clear definition confuses the issue. Power could be described as the ability to use force, though, in some circles, it is construed … Read More

October 8, 2019 |

Greta’s Right About One Thing: Someone Has Stolen Her Childhood

The United Nations convened on September 23 for one of their regular climate hysteria fests. They were so serious about it that they imported a 16 year old Swedish girl to belch her emotions and scold us all for stealing … Read More

September 9, 2019 |

Why Countries Are Poor: Economic Parasites Are Bigger Than Hosts

For a wide swath of people, profit is a dirty word. For them, it is evidence that businesses expropriate the value of labor from their employees or cheat customers by charging prices higher than the costs of production. It … Read More

August 26, 2019 |

Government Planners Blame Global Warming For Food Shortages Caused By Government Planners

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced another special report, entitled “Climate Change and Land,” that discusses global warming, desertification, extreme weather, and other such issues that they say threatens the ability of  human populations to … Read More

August 20, 2019 |

Diversity Does Not Equal Strength

Tolerance and diversity are two sacred mantras of modern day progressivism. Nobody wants to be called a racist, but if you question these precepts from the high priests and priestesses, it seems to be de facto qualification for the … Read More

July 30, 2019 |

Healthcare System Democrats Want Has Already Failed In Sweden

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep your health insurance plan. Period.” That was the mantra that we heard over and over when the so-called Affordable … Read More

June 17, 2019 |

Social Security Won’t Go Bankrupt — It Will Just Cut Your Benefits!

People are questioning whether or not the Social Security Trust Fund will go bankrupt, both retirees and current workers who have money deducted from every paycheck that pays into the fund. The answer, however, depends on what you mean … Read More

June 14, 2019 |

New York’s Disastrous Single-Payer Healthcare Plan

The New York Assembly and Senate held a joint hearing on May 28th to hear testimony regarding the New York Health Act (NYHA), with a good variety of views represented, but the underlying premise was that something is broken with New … Read More

May 28, 2019 |

AOC’s Green New Deal Worked, It Shifted The Overton Window

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez earned a lot of ridicule for her Green New Deal, and rightly so. It was a childish, ideological rant rather than a serious policy proposal. It was obvious from the start that the intent never was to get … Read More

May 20, 2019 |

Higher Education Doesn’t Cause Higher Earnings

For several decades, children have heard repeatedly how important it is to go to college after graduating from high school. They are told that it is the ticket to higher wages and more success. It is the magic fertilizer for … Read More

May 14, 2019 |

If Trump Is So Bad, Why Are Things So Good?

There is a lot to dislike about Donald Trump. His personality can be grating, his mannerisms crude and unpolished, and his personal life is not unblemished, to say the least. Like every president before him, he takes credit for … Read More

March 13, 2019 |

Rich People Who Don’t Shop At Wal-Mart Say It’s Bad For Poor People Who Do

I have heard numerous times how terrible Walmart is for paying its employees a low wage when Walton family members are billionaires. Surely they are paying dishonest wages and can afford to pay more. The further charge is that … Read More

July 17, 2018 |

It Shouldn’t Matter Who Wins SCOTUS Seat

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has begotten some all-too-expected controversy. Kavanaugh is identified with conservatives and, as a nominee named by President Trump, there is automatic resistance by the Democrats. It has been and will, of … Read More

June 26, 2018 |

Big Government Helped Make Us Fat And Sick, Bigger Government Won’t Fix That

The American healthcare system is ranked 37th in the world and last out of all developed nations according to the World Health Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and other interested organizations. The system is really bad, so bad, … Read More

January 29, 2018 |

Did Donald Trump Create Jobs?

The stock market is booming, unemployment is down to about the pre-recession level, labor force participation is holding steady after declining for several decades, and gross domestic product is at an all-time high. Things seem to be doing pretty well. … Read More

January 16, 2018 |

Old, Not Necessarily Obsolete

As we stand at the start of a new year, we can be pretty sure that there will be significant advances in technology, as there have been for many decades. Technological improvements have been the mechanism of progress in … Read More

December 22, 2017 |

The Secret of Christmas is Not Politics

Wherever you go this time of year, you hear songs of joy and hope and peace. That music reflects a longing by most people and an ideal that is worth striving for. This year, though, seems especially politically charged, … Read More

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