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Der Sumpf, die Frösche und die Kassenreform

Posted by hkarner - 21. Februar 2017

Der Sozialversicherungs-Wildwuchs schreit nach rascher Strukturreform.

Dabei wäre die Sache ganz einfach: Die Regierung müsste nur aus der Pflichtversicherung eine Versicherungspflicht machen. Die Versicherten also selbst darüber entscheiden lassen, welchem Versicherungsträger sie ihre Beiträge abliefern. Der Markt wäre dann ganz schnell bereinigt. Ganz ohne teure Studie der London School of Economics und ganz ohne langwierige politische Verhandlungen.  Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Athen feiert Durchbruch bei Sparverhandlungen

Posted by hkarner - 21. Februar 2017

Die griechische Regierung erhofft nach einer Annäherung mit den Geldgebern mehr budgetären Spielraum, den sie allerdings erst erwirtschaften muss. Die Reformprüfer kehren indes ins Land zurück.

Athen. Bittere Pillen musste Griechenlands Finanzminister Efkleidis Tsakalotos diese Woche bei der Sitzung der Eurogruppe in Brüssel schlucken. Und trotzdem gab es im Anschluss in Athen viele lachende Gesichter: Die Koalitionsregierung unter Alexis Tsipras war durch die Verzögerungen in den Verhandlungen mit den Gläubigern über die Zukunft des griechischen Rettungsprogramms schwer unter Druck geraten. Jeder Tag der Unsicherheit verringerte die Chancen auf eine Stärkung des zarten Wachstums und eine Rückkehr an die Kapitalmärkte. Da waren die Rückkehr der Prüfer des Gläubiger-Quartetts nach Athen und die Aussicht auf eine endgültige Einigung in den kommenden zwei Monaten eine gute Nachricht. Neuwahlen, von der Opposition und vielen Medien immer intensiver herbeigeredet, sind damit vorerst vom Tisch.

Erstmals gab es in Brüssel wieder aufmunternde Worte. Eurogruppenvorsitzender Jeroem Dijsselbloem merkte an, dass die griechischen Budgets im Gegensatz zu früher „halten“, und Klaus Regling, Chef des EU-Rettungsschirms, sprach von „Vertrauen“, das Athen gewonnen habe. Das hörte sich schon ganz anders an als die scharfen Töne zu Weihnachten, nachdem Tsipras den griechischen Pensionisten eine Sonderzahlung in der Höhe von insgesamt 600 Millionen Euro überwiesen hatte.  Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Donald Trump will Numb You

Posted by hkarner - 21. Februar 2017

Excellent analysis of Donald Trump’s mind and methodology by Frank Bruni, it is perfect.  Also loved the speech in Parliament today debating the cancellation of Trump’s planned visit.  The speaker described Trump as a petulant child, how perfect.(RH)

NYT, 19 Feb. 2017

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Posted by hkarner - 21. Februar 2017

https://www.welt.de/finanzen/article162229074/Die-grosse-Schuldenorgie-der-Industriestaaten-faengt-erst-an.html

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The Former Secretary of Defense Outlines the Future of Warfare

Posted by hkarner - 21. Februar 2017

Date: 20-02-2017
Source: WIRED

TO AN ENGINEER in Silicon Valley, the Defense Department can look a little old, a little slow, and a little fat. To the Defense Department, the smug confidence of young engineers doesn’t go unnoticed. Is it really better to work on an app for ordering sandwiches than it is to build submarines that can launch nuclear weapons?

carter-ashton-ccTwo years ago, Barack Obama appointed a new Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter—a technocrat physicist, an arms control veteran, and a professor at Stanford—to help close this divide. During his tenure, Carter set up a virtual outpost in Silicon Valley. He worked to make it easier for tech companies to sell things to the Pentagon, for their engineers to work there, and for their bosses to offer up advice. He even let WIRED tag along and write a profile of him. He also impressed the local royalty. “He’s been amazing,” Ben Horowitz, the co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, told me in an interview.

This week, Carter, who left office along with Obama, agreed to chat with WIRED about his tenure, the challenges facing his successor, and a White House that isn’t entirely beloved by technocrats.

Nicholas Thompson: Thank you for taking the time to talk with us.

Ashton Carter: Sure. It’s good to be back with WIRED.

You put a lot of effort during your tenure into building bridges between Silicon Valley and the Pentagon. How well will they survive your departure?

I think the logic behind them is so compelling both for the defense mission and in a different way for the innovative people in the Valley and other technology hubs that this gives me confidence that it will continue. The Defense Department has to adapt and be flexible and be user-friendly for people who have their own particular style of working and who have, quite honestly, some reservations about whether working with the government is a good thing to do. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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How to Survive the Trump Era

Posted by hkarner - 21. Februar 2017

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Tax Reform: The Good, the Bad, and the Really Ugly—Part Three

Posted by hkarner - 21. Februar 2017

By John Mauldin, February 19, 2017mauldin

“We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.”

– Milton Friedman

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

“Real change requires real change.”

– Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

Today we come to part 3 of my tax reform series. So far, we’ve introduced the challenge and begun to describe the main proposed GOP solution. Today we’ll look at the new and widely misunderstood “border adjustment” idea and talk about both its good and bad points. What follows may make more sense if you have first read part 1 and part 2. Next week we’ll explore what I think would be a far superior option, though one that is based on the spirit of the current proposal. If House leadership thinks they can get the present proposal through (doubtful), then they should stop messing around and do something really controversial by changing the entire terms of engagement. As my friend Newt Gingrich has often told me, “John, real change requires real change.”   Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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President Trump, White House Apprentice

Posted by hkarner - 21. Februar 2017

Date: 20-02-2017
Source: The New York Times

trump-flag-ccPresident Trump
It’s with a whiff of desperation that President Trump insists these days that he’s the chief executive Washington needs, the decisive dealmaker who, as he said during the campaign, “alone can fix it.” What America has seen so far is an inept White House led by a celebrity apprentice.

This president did not inherit “a mess” from Barack Obama, as he likes to say, but a nation recovered from recession and with strong alliances abroad. Mr. Trump is well on his way to creating a mess of his own, weakening national security and even risking the delivery of basic government services. Most of the top thousand jobs in the administration remain vacant. Career public servants are clashing with inexperienced “beachhead” teams appointed by the White House to run federal agencies until permanent staff members arrive. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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