Optimism v. Pessimism. Boserup v. Malthus.

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I’ve written about Norman Borlaug often. (Here’s but one example.) Back when I was younger, he was advocating for what we now call the Green Revolution. And, while Borlaug was promoting methods to increase agricultural yields world-wide, there was a competing voice, that of William Vogt.

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I told you that the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (sic) was partly created (or maneuvered) as political retribution by the GOP against those states that don’t vote their way. (Here’s but one  example.)  Which was the driving force behind the plot to outlaw State and Local Tax (SALT) deductions of $ 10,001 or more.  Which would allow the U.S. Treasury collect some $ 650 billion more over the 8 years that this restriction is in effect.  (The personal tax rate changes under this Act expire in 2026.)

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