Archives: Dr. Roy Cordato

  • How many will die if governor fails to reopen the economy?

    “The relationship between unemployment and poor health has been well documented. The unemployed tend to have higher levels of impaired mental health including depression, anxiety, and stress, as well as higher levels of mental health hospital admissions, chronic disease (cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and musculoskeletal disorders), and premature mortality.”…

  • Reopen N.C.: Four proposals for lifting tax burdens on workers and business

    North Carolina’s economy has been devastated by the decisions of Gov. Roy Cooper and state and local officials in their attempt to ameliorate the effects of COVID-19. To enforce social distancing rules, politicians outlawed a number of occupations and businesses. Included in these restrictions are restaurants and restaurant workers, beauty…

  • Obama takes credit for today’s economy: A look back at reality

    In a recent tweet, former President Barack Obama declared, “Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and job creation.” The tweet set off a debate among the cable…

  • Sanders, Warren, and the problem with taxes

    The Democratic party’s most radically progressive candidates, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have promised to impose a tax on wealth. To be clear, wealth is distinct from income. Wealth is accumulated income in the form of savings and investments and real assets such as real estate, antique or art collections,…

  • Flag burning and free speech: A question of who owns the flag

    To agree with others is not a problem in any society; it is the right to disagree that is crucial. It is the institution of private property that protects and implements the right to disagree. —Ayn Rand, “What is Capitalism?” During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump tweeted that he believed…

  • From the Green New Deal to Venezuela: A million percent inflation and all

    As the specifics — and many of the absurd objectives — of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal have come to light, the common refrain from Democrats who support it is that the plan is “aspirational.” In other words, they believe that the world Ocasio-Cortez envisions is somehow ideal. It…

  • Carolina Journal Radio No. 823: Advocates mislead public about ‘Medicare for all’

    Many congressional Democrats, including potential 2020 presidential contenders, have endorsed the idea of providing “Medicare for All.” Roy Cordato, John Locke Foundation senior economist, examines the proposal. He explains why an expansion of the existing federal health insurance program for older Americans would not lead to the results “Medicare for…

  • JLF’s Roy Cordato pans proposal of ‘Medicare for all’

    Dr. Roy Cordato, John Locke Foundation senior economist, dissects the proposal from some Democratic politicians to provide “Medicare for all.” Cordato offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio.

  • The morality of wealth: de Blasio and the WSJ are wrong

    Among many in the Democratic Party, attacking the rich is back in style. Some popular Democrats contend that large concentrations of wealth are, at best, unseemly and, at worst, absolutely immoral. From newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to possible presidential candidates, including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and New…