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Entries by Laurence J. Kotlikoff from 03/2012

My VP Pick: Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Ret. Admiral Williams Owens

| Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics

As indicated in prior blogs and on, I'm running for president on the Americans Elect platform. (If you would like to support my...

Taking Social Security's Best Deal

| Posted 03.12.2012 | Money

Over lunch the other day, a friend told me, out of the blue, that I wouldn't believe how complicated Social Security benefit-taking rules are. He then told me he'd figured out how to get the most from the system for himself and his wife Karen.

Time to Leave Afghanistan

| Posted 03.13.2012 | World

It's time to leave Afghanistan. We have done our best for the country. We have trained and equipped an army and police force of over 350,000. It is now time to let that force determine its country's future.

The Fed's No Stress Stress Test

| Posted 03.14.2012 | Business

Today's Wall Street Journal carried a cover story, "Stress Tests Buoy U.S. Banks." In fact, the stress tests showed exactly the opposite. Of the 19 ...

Jeff Sachs Is the Best Choice for President of the World Bank

| Posted 03.22.2012 | World

President Obama should appoint Jeff Sachs President of the World Bank. Jeff is, without doubt, the world's top development economist.

Women's Rights, Fetuses' Rights, and States' Rights

| Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics

Women have rights, fetuses have rights, and states have rights. But in the case at hand, women have the right to make their extremely difficult decision in private.

When Billionaires Say Stupid, Dangerous Things

| Posted 03.23.2012 | Politics

Money can't buy you love. Nor can it buy you maturity or common sense. The latest example is on display on Thursday's front page of the Wall Street Journal.

Justice Kennedy Asks Key Question Re: Obamacare(s) Mandate

| Posted 03.29.2012 | Politics

Justice Kennedy should rule the mandate legal because otherwise he will be ruling on language, not substance, which is not his job.