I really don’t caricature Don Boudreaux. This is what he actually thinks.

January 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

I really don’t caricature Don Boudreaux. This is what he actually thinks.



Last year’s annual report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development should have been an obituary for the neoliberal model developed by Hayek and Friedman and their disciples. It shows unequivocally that their policies have created the opposite outcomes to those they predicted.

January 14, 2013 § 6 Comments

If you think we’re done with neoliberalism, think again

Donald J Boudreaux, 1956, and the curious case of the missing decades in between.

December 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

Donald J Boudreaux, 1956, and the curious case of the missing decades in between.

A brief history lesson, the GMU econ department has been the local good-time girl for large corporations to purchase denial services going all the way back to big tobacco in the 1980’s. Lately the stimulus denier jobs (Russ Roberts) have dried up as the stimulus wound down, but they always have a standing order for income-inequality deniers from the Koch brothers et. al. God forbid some rich bastard loses a few basis adjustment points on his taxes someday. Boudreaux has been going through a 1956 Sears catalog trying to show you that you could buy dresses working fewer hours per week today than in 1956. Interestingly, no other considerations ever carry any weight except those he cherry picks, which is why I sometimes call Don Boudreaux the ‘one-dimensional wonder’.

Another charming conceit of Russ and Don is that, being academic economists, they are always experts in any discipline they fancy and superior to well, actual experts in that discipline. I’ve lost count but between them they are expert petroleum reservoir engineers, manufacturing cost accountants, automotive design engineers, health insurance underwriters, and consumer credit law ombudsmen. Don’s just added Procurement Manager to his skillset, even though any actual procurement manager could tell you a 1956 dress and a 2012 dress are not made out of the same raw materials. A 1956 dress is made out of meat and potatoes, and a 2012 dress is made out of fish heads and rice :/

Anyhoo, since Don Boudreux has had some ‘missing time’, maybe from a UFO abduction, here’s some links from 2012 to the relevant years in the past to help him catch up on the ‘missing decades’…

————pre 1950
Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

Young adult employment is now at the lowest level that we have seen since World War II.

The 70 per cent labor force participation rate for men was at lowest level recorded since the government began tracking it in 1948.

From 1947 to 1979 family income of the bottom 20% went up 116% and those in the top 20% went up 99%. . . Between 1980 and 2009, the bottom 20% went up 15% while the top 20% went up 95%

Drought in US wost since 1956

The US is second to last Self-employment in non-farm businesses has fallen by nearly half over the past 50 years.

(The Nation) Minimum wage in real value less than in 1968

(Bloomberg) Minimum wage corrected for inflation is lower than 1968 level

Median wealth of families worse since 1969

Food stamp use hits record level.

The number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Speed of first class mail delivery down 22% since 1969

Median family income down 8% since 1970, net worth down 39%

According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of all Americans were “middle income” back in 1971. Today, only 51 percent of all Americans are.

The class of 2012 scored the lowest average SAT reading score since 1972

Earnings of men collapse over past 40 years

A higher percentage of children is living in poverty in America today than was the case back in 1975.

Only the top 5 percent of U.S. households have earned enough additional income to match the rise in housing costs since 1975.

A third of American middle class in the 1970s has fallen out of it

Office space per worker down by over a half since the 1970’s

The labor force participation rate has fallen by an unprecedented 2.5 percentage points since December 2007, slumping to a 31-year low of 63.5 percent.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49 percent of all Americans live in a home where at least one person receives financial assistance from the federal government. Back in 1983, that number was less than 30 percent.

In 1984, the median net worth of households led by someone 65 or older was 10 times larger than the median net worth of households led by someone 35 or younger. Today, the median net worth of households led by someone 65 or older is 47 times larger than the median net worth of households led by someone 35 or younger.

Corrected for inflation, housing prices are at 1986 levels

High school student employment down 50% since 1990

Teacher morale at lowest in 20 years

Poverty level worst since 1993

The median income of American households dropped to its lowest level since 1995 last year

From 1995 to 2010, as America’s prison population grew 42 percent, the number of inmates over 55 grew at nearly seven times that rate

In 1999, 64 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance. Today, only 55 percent are covered by employment-based health insurance.

In 2010, 8.3 million Americans over 60 faced the threat of hunger — up 78 percent from a decade earlier

Median household income for families with children dropped by $6,300 between 2001 and 2011.

The U.S. share of global GDP has fallen from 31.8 percent in 2001 to 21.6 percent in 2011.

In 2000, there were more than 17 million Americans working in manufacturing, but now there are less than 12 million.

From 2000 to 2010, the number of children living in poverty jumped from 12.2 million to 15.7 million, an increase of nearly 30 percent.

There are now 20.2 million Americans that spend more than half of their incomes on housing. That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.

According to USA Today, many Americans have actually seen their water bills triple over the past 12 years.

According to USA Today, many Americans have actually seen their water bills triple over the past 12 years.

Student loan debt is the only category of consumer debt still rising in post-recession America. It’s grown 275% in the last decade to $905 billion, more than total general consumer credit card debt.

More than three times as many new homes were sold in the United States in 2005 as will be sold in 2012.

For the first time ever, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless. That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.

Electricity bills in the United States have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.

Median net worth for middle class families dropped by nearly 40 percent from 2007-2010

Britain, US big economic losers over past five years

In 2007, the unemployment rate for the 20 to 29 age bracket was about 6.5 percent. Today, the unemployment rate for that same age group is about 13 percent.

America has lost over 200,000 teachers, 56,000 cops, and 30,000 emergency responders since 2009

————2010, record high
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained a record high of 429,247 non-citizens in the 2011 fiscal year, an increase of 18 percent over 2010

————2011, record high
In 2011, exports accounted for 13.8 percent of the US economy — higher than any year since an anomalous boom during World War I.

————2012, record high
Record number of Americans 55 and older are still working

————2012, record high
The US has its highest per-capita prison population and has more per-capita prisoners than any country in history

————2012, record low
People retiring today are part of the first generation of workers who have paid more in Social Security taxes during their careers than they will receive in benefits after they retire.

————2012, record high
>For the first time ever, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless.

————2012, record high
Child homelessness up 33% in three years setting record

I cribbed almost the entire page from here. Sorry, but this is a spare-time no-budget gig for me, unlike Russ Roberts and Don Boudreaux who get paid for 40 hours a week of shilling for the malefactors of great wealth.

Boudreux’s ratio of sincere to fake is always a bit fuzzy. Some of his more obvious BS reminds of me of what I heard a guy say about being in a firefight in Vietnam: “They just said we had to put out fire they didn’t say we had to watch where it went.”…We on the outside don’t know how dedicated Koch and Fink are about the day to day keeping track of Russ and Don, I only know they both seem to spend a lot of time with their eyes closed holding down the trigger until the magazine is empty.

December 13, 2012 § 1 Comment


“2012 was for Russ and me filled (as recent years have been) with accusations that we write what we write, say what we say, teach what we teach, and blog what we blog only because we’re intellectual mercenaries.”

December 9, 2012 § 2 Comments

Not by me. Despite your carefully worded non-denial of a charge not made, you imply that you and Russ are ‘intellectuals’.  Nuh-huh, you gave that up long ago when you decided to be advocate for the Koch’s. Intellectuals wouldn’t engage in:

Woolly Thinking:

In the case of Pot v Kettle, we’ll take it as stipulated the plaintiff is completely clueless about his lack of self awareness.

Boudreaux makes up a theory because he dislikes the reality. If only there existed an information appliance to research checkable facts…
D’Ja ever notice Krugman uses current numbers and current events on current models to talk about current policies, and Austrian economics is always an ancient history lesson?

Lying about someones else’s position:

Donald J. Boudreaux, if you’re going to tell a lie, don’t tell such an easily checked one.

Word Games

Russ Roberts redefines austerity to mean cutting all government spending when it ‘refers to a policy of deficit-cutting by lowering spending via a reduction in the amount of benefits and public services provided’

Cheap plastic cr*p from China isn’t the import raising American’s cost of living, oil is. Don Boudreaux is a paid shill of the Koch brothers, who are, surprise surpise, in the oil speculation business. The more you know… (in comments if it lasts)


Boudreaux goes full tard and puts up a quote “…Let us not forget, however, that Roosevelt’s policies converted the crisis into a decade-long full-blown depression.” that he knows is misleading.
As always, it’s the state and only the state ever that “wrings all freedom and civility out of society.”

To Boudreaux, ‘government’ is a sealed black box device with a single button on it: Oppress.

Tragic simpleton Boudreaux: “But trade’s only purpose is to make consumers’ better off.” People are more than just consumers, aspie.
Boudreaux comically lectures a teenager about the ‘real world’, that one in which individuals never ever ever collude. b
Boudreaux: “…although abstinence does boast a solid track record of preventing unwanted pregnancies.)” Holding your breath prevents breathing. We’ve already established neither can be kept up long enough to be effective.

Logical Fallacies:
Some links. One not to be missed one tries to absolve deregulation and blame the government by the tired no true Scotsman fallacy. Also links to George Will for the 7,896th time.

Feigned Ignorance:
Boudreaux excretes another “it’s all so confusing so don’t do anything so leave the rich aloooone!” few hundred words in sequence.

“Being against government help is not the same as being against any kind of help. Why is this so hard for people to understand?” Because even the lowliest citizen is always a citizen. OTOH, your ‘religious community’ expels or kills anyone it doesn’t like. (Hint: Palestinians)

Boudreaux muses how the economy is too chaotic and complex to be understood, but has no problem shoehorning the rest of human experience into a monodimensional liberty uber alles moral code.

Boudreaux pretends 1/16th of a circle is a circle and always comes back to the beginning, or, why trade deficits spent on arab oil is good for you

Actual Ignorance:

Don, there is no such thing as a ‘senior creditor’. Did you mean perfected?

Boudreaux tries to claim capitalism=science (again). Didn’t the Russians have science? Was Archimedes a capitalist?

Not checking your sources:

Google catches GMU Mercatus Koch Bros shill Garret Jones just making up lies about Paul Krugman. Boudreaux of course links uncritically.

Boudreaux ejaculates another LTTE, miffed that a book reviewer “…reports Strand’s speculation as if it were reasonable.” ONE DAY after posting a link to Garret Jones’ “superb” review. (Jones tells easily checked lie in it).

and Partisanship:

A very enjoyable Econtalk with an insider expert on TARP. I especially enjoyed where Barofsky keeps telling RR what he doesn’t want to hear and RR keeps trying to steer it back to ‘gov’t bad, free market good’ all the time.

See the difference?

I’ve lost count but between them Russ Roberts and Don Boudreaux are master: petroleum reservoir engineers, automotive design engineers, manufacturing cost accountants, and health insurance underwriters. What Don Boudreaux is not is an attorney, because he’s claimed cost averaging is speculation so many times after being corrected there’s no way he understands estoppel.

November 29, 2012 § 2 Comments


I think we should invent a new legal term called ‘estossel’.  Koch whoring because you’re on John Stossel’s show:



Business Porn

November 24, 2012 § Leave a comment