Talking Points: September 9, 2019

September 9, 2019

On September 12th, the first American born after the events of 9/11 officially became eligible to enlist in the military. Military.com, January 2, 2019

The British Medical Journal posted the results of an analysis focusing on harms and benefits of 3,000 medical treatments. The results were striking. Only about a third (34%) of the treatments were shown to be beneficial. Another 7% were rated as trade-offs between beneficial and harmful, with 6% rated unlikely to be beneficial, and another 3% rated likely to be ineffective or harmful. The remaining 50% were rated as being of unknown effectiveness. The New York Times, August 26, 2019

Former Ohio University basketball star D.J. Cooper was banned for two years by The International Basketball Federation because he failed a drug test. Cooper’s urine indicated that he was pregnant. The Root, August 5, 2019

Total household debt increased by $192 billion (1.4%) to $13.86 trillion in the second quarter of 2019. It was the 20th consecutive quarter with an increase, and the total is now $1.2 trillion higher than the previous peak of $12.68 trillion in the third quarter of 2008. New York Fed, August 13, 2019

A new study found that 33% of workers would rather wear jeans to work than receive a $5,000 bump in pay. A third of workers said they would quit their job if ordered to wear business attire. CNBC, August 27, 2019

“As the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues. Prosperity is the real way to balance our budget. By lowering tax rates, by increasing jobs and income, we can expand tax revenues and finally bring our budget into balance.” President John F. Kennedy, September 18, 1963

“If it happened twice, it will happen again.” Portuguese Proverb

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