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John Cochrane reveals the fundamental flaw at the heart of the “stranded profits” argument.  A slice:

(The following is a story, not a fact about Apple accounting.) Apple sells an Iphone in Spain. Apple Spain pays a huge licensing fee on software, owned by Apple Ireland, so it’s not a profit in Spain. Apple Ireland thus collects huge amounts of cash from all over the world, taxed at the low Irish corporate tax rate. Apple Ireland deposits this cash in an Irish bank. (I presume they do fancier things with the money, but I’m telling a story here). The cash is “stranded” overseas, right?

No. The Irish bank can lend the money anywhere. It can buy US mortgage backed securities, it can lend the money wholesale to US banks who lend it out to US businesses. It can even lend the money to Apple US. If Apple or any other US company wants to invest, they can borrow from the Irish bank. Conversely, if profits are repatriated to US banks, those banks can lend the money overseas.

Philip Booth calls on left-wing scholars and pundits to get public-choice straight.

Omar Al Ubaydli reminds us of some important disaster-relief lessons from hurricane Katrina.

Speaking of hurricanes, my former student Emily Hamilton adds her clear voice to those who note that Houston’s lack of land-use planning by government contributed to that city’s Harvey woes.

Gary Wolfram summarizes key elements of the case against minimum wages.

Here’s the closing line of Sheldon Richman’s excellent defense of so-called “price gouging”:

The question remains: do we want to feel good, or do we want people to have the goods they need?

Richard Epstein writes about the fatal allure of single-payer health care.

George Selgin offer his two (per)cents.