Archive for the 'Economy' Category

STEPHEN KING JOINS WARREN BUFFETT ON TAXES…

March 22nd, 2015

When billionaires say their taxes are too low, other billionaires say fine, cut a check. This disingenuous response hides, however, the core message wealthy people like Warren Buffet, Nick Hanauer and now Stephen King wish to deliver. They believe, indeed the majority of people worth more than $1 million believe, that all people with more […]

WILLY WONKA WOULD BE PROUD…

March 15th, 2015

Last weekend my bank went offline to upgrade its online systems. When I logged on following the upgrade I was greeted with a 47-page, 23,060-word behemoth of an End User License Agreement to which I was required to check that I had indeed read and accepted the Terms and Conditions. To my own peril, like […]

WHAT DOES THIS EARTH REQUIRE OF US…?

March 13th, 2015

BILL MOYERS: Welcome. In this broadcast you will meet an effervescent man who still believes we can make democracy work. Later we’ll talk about those people in Washington who refuse to let it work, but first Wendell Berry. A master of the written word, he rarely appears on television. For one thing, when he’s not […]

YOU MEAN LIKE THE KOCH BROTHERS*…?

March 6th, 2015

WARNING, LINK IS NSFW!** * **Although Derf is…

ENLIGHTENMENT IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES…

March 5th, 2015

A co-worker sent me this story by Katharine Zaleski for Fortune magazine. I still am embarrassed by this memory. Five years ago I walked into an office on the twenty-fifth floor of the Manhattan headquarters of Time Inc. (which owns Fortune.) I was there to meet with Time.com’s then managing editor and pitch a partnership […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON CON ARTISTS AND
STEVE LITT HIGH ON TAXING THE POOR…

February 11th, 2015

Isn’t it wonderful that Cleveland Indians boss Paul Dolan—member of one of our billionaire sports/cable families—has taken on the burden of pushing a tax on cigarettes to finance the arts. Steve Litt, of course, applauds loudly in the Plain Dealer Dolan’s heading a drive for passage of another cigarette tax. Neither Litt nor Dolan apparently […]

NEW YORK DEPLOYS BRATTON’S ROUGH RIDERS…

January 30th, 2015

In the 1980’s a high-ranking Marine Corps officer told me of a plan to deploy his Marines across a line (I seem to recall that the line was 65th Street, but I could easily be wrong on that detail) isolating upper Manhattan in case of large-scale civil unrest. New York City Police commissioner Bill Bratton’s […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 21 JANUARY…

January 21st, 2015

It’s been a busy week in Wally World: the Universe’s source of cheap plastic crap from China. On The Writing On The Wal—the blog USA Today says should be on its readers’ radar—I continue my singular work dedicated to drawing back the curtain on the Bentonvile Behemoth’s corporate disinformation and other flackery. WHERE CAN THE […]

LIVING IN SIR RICHARD TOMPHAM HATT’S WORLD…

January 19th, 2015

Imagine for a moment that you live on the island of Sodor in the employ of the North Western Railway. There are exactly 100 families living on the island and the whole of the island’s economy consists of £1,000. The wealth is distributed in this way: the family of Sir Richard Topham Hatt, the great […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 14 JANUARY…

January 14th, 2015

It’s been a busy week in Wally World: the Universe’s source of cheap plastic crap from China. On The Writing On The Wal—the blog USA Today says should be on its readers’ radar—I continue my singular work dedicated to drawing back the curtain on the Bentonvile Behemoth’s corporate disinformation and other flackery. $10,000 A DAY […]

ALTER YOUR ENVIRONMENT, NOT YOUR HABITS…

January 14th, 2015

[I]t’s not that failures of will cause poverty. It’s that poverty causes failures of will. Anti-poverty initiatives, [analyst Jamie] Holmes argues, should focus far more on relieving these cognitive costs. He praises one Philippines bank that lets customers choose a date before which they can’t access their money – a “commitment mechanism” of the sort […]

WHY I WANT WARREN TO STAY IN THE SENATE…

January 13th, 2015

I know a lot of people would like to see Elizabeth Warren run for president in 2016 (I was one of them at one point) but now I much prefer that she stay where she is, especially now that the Republicans have gained control of the senate. This story is a great example of why […]

AYN RAND’S ALPHA AND OMEGA IN PICTURES…

November 6th, 2014

From Ayn Rand by Daryl Cunningham…

WHO IS ZEPHYR TEACHOUT…?

November 4th, 2014

Which is to say, there is one issue that subsumes all other issues, upon which all other issues depend—and that is restoring democracy itself. If we don’t have a responsive democracy, all the debates about charter schools, and fracking, and high-stakes testing, and the militarization of police forces—all of which are issues I care about—they […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON FINANCIAL DATA ON
GATEWAY FACILITIES IMPROVEMENTS…

November 1st, 2014

It may be hard to believe but the Cleveland Indians, not the Gateway Economic Development Corp., will be paying for current improvement at Progressive Field. That’s what Gateway says. Here’s what Gateway says the major capital improvement at Progressive Field are: Sound System—$4,760,000. High Structural Steel—from $725,000 to $2,184,230. Concrete resurfacing—$3,000,000. For a total of […]

SHARING A BUCKET AND A BAG OF PEANUTS…

October 31st, 2014

OHIO COAL THRIVES UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA…

October 17th, 2014

As angry bipartisan crowds of Ohio politicians gather to defend “our coal jobs” from the US EPA’s proposed new rules for coal power plants, it’s worth noting just how many jobs we’re talking about. Yes, those are the actual numbers—no zeros have been omitted. (It’s off topic, but note the increase in Ohio coal employment […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON SERIOUSLY PLAIN DEALER…?

October 15th, 2014

Just how often do you get really angry with the Plain Dealer? I guess I’ve made an obsession with it over the years. Last Sunday provided another example of why. I’m talking about the sports section of the Sunday PD. Twenty page of sports in a town that so badly needs space for real news […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON A SALES-TAX VACATION:
A TAX BREAK FOR THE LOWER ECONOMIC PEOPLE…

October 14th, 2014

If I were a politician today there are two things I would promote in Cleveland and Ohio. First, a state-wide raise in the minimum wage. If not, a push for city-wide minimum wage hikes. Where are Cleveland politicians? Second, I’d call for a temporary vacation or permanent decrease in the state’s sales tax. If there […]

GOOD ON PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA…

September 23rd, 2014

Companies that seek to avoid US tax by shifting their headquarters abroad are being targeted under tough new rules announced by the Obama administration that it claims will dramatically reduce the benefits of so-called corporate inversions. The controversial technique, which has allowed companies such as Burger King to move abroad by buying a smaller foreign […]

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