Archive for the 'Economy' Category

OUR MAJOR SEDER TOPIC MONDAY NIGHT…

April 16th, 2014

Mano Singham writes: Another factor is that competition for students has resulted in universities spending a lot on enhanced residential, dining, and recreational facilities, all of which cost a lot to build and maintain. Mano is riffing on a speech given by Noam Chomsky titled: The Death of American Universities. I’m reading it now. Chomsky […]

WHAT WOULD BRANSON SHOULD CARSON DO…?

April 13th, 2014

Then, there is this earlier permutation…

A BINARY VIEW OF CULTURE…

April 10th, 2014

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes: People who take a strict binary view of culture (“culture of privilege = awesome; culture of poverty = fail”) are afflicted by the provincialism of privilege and thus vastly underestimate the dynamism of the greater world. They extoll “middle-class values” to the ignorance and exclusion of all others. To understand, you must […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON GIVE UNTIL IT HURTS MORE…

April 6th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: I have finally figured out the dilemma of how to finance our three major league sports teams. And it could cost you nothing. Or you could be as generous as you wish. The answer is not the taxing way of today; but the charity way of tomorrow. And our noble past. The […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON DEALING IN THE DARK…

April 4th, 2014

From left, Larry Dolan, Dan Gilbert and Jimmy Haslan Roldo Bartimole writes: Does is seem odd to you that the three men asking hundreds of millions of tax dollars from the public never even appear before the public or its representatives? It seems outrageous to me. Farcical. They take us for Moe, Larry and Curly. […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON DON’T BE FOOLED AGAIN…

March 16th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: There’s question whether P.T. said that there was a sucker born every minute and someone to take him. But there’s truth in the saying. And we’ll all be put to the test soon. The campaign to sell the sin tax will be slick but will avoid the promising lies it told before. […]

WHY WORKERS VOTE AGAINST THEIR INTERESTS…

March 16th, 2014

Upton Sinclair wrote: It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it! –I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked, p. 109

ROLDO RIGHTS ON PLAYING HARDBALL…

March 13th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: Leases are made to be broken. Ask Gateway and the team owners that use its facilities. Sometimes it’s even laughable how lease can be broken or corrupted. I’ll call it the 57,500 square foot heist or lease alteration. In 1993, I wrote this question: “How would you like to get 57,500 square […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON WHAT THE RICH WANT …

March 10th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: The answer to the headline’s question is ANYTHING THEY CAN GET. And then some. The greed of all major league sports teams knows no bounds. And they have escaped real scrutiny by the entire nation’s media – from the New York Times to Sports Illustrated and everything in between. I have been […]

MAKE’M WORK ‘TILL THEY DROP…

March 10th, 2014

[Update--11 March @ 0835: Why the GOP cares about poverty now: poor people are looking more white] That’s the solution for the likes of former Nixon commerce secretary and billionaire co-founder of the Blackstone private equity group Peter G. Peterson for cutting the federal budget and saving his cronies billions. Mano Singham notes: For most […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON WE CAN SAY NO

March 4th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: The tax ‘em and tax ‘em again propagandists have settled on their theme for the May 6th tax vote. It’s the gun-to-the-head-Joe-Roman strategy. Your head. Voters, the bosses at the Greater Cleveland Partnership say, if we don’t pass this tax we’ll still have to pay the piper. We’ll have to use money […]

WHEN FRAT RATS RUN WALL STREET…

February 28th, 2014

In the Say What? column from 27 February (via New York Magazine): “What’s the difference between Hillary Clinton and a catfish. One has whiskers and stinks, and the other is a fish.” — private-equity executive Paul Queally at the Wall Street secret society Kappa Beta Phi annual dinner “What’s the biggest difference between Barney Frank […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON SIN-TAX WHOPPERS…

February 27th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: The debate over the new 20-year sin tax being demanded by sports owners and their corporate supporters is coming down to who lied and how much did they lie. And how much will they lie this time. The people who want the new 20-year tax lied. And they lied big. Mayor Michael […]

LITIGATION IN SHAKER HEIGHTS BEGINS IN 3, 2, 1…

February 27th, 2014

I think any distraction that takes a driver’s eyes from the road is dangerous. Having said that, I think that five of the seven members of Shaker Heights’ city council are clueless because they chose to target an economic class with their cell-phone ban, rather than apply the law equally to all drivers in the […]

WHY WE SHOULDN’T BUY FROM AMAZON…

February 23rd, 2014

I’ve devoted a great deal of time over the past few years to railing against Walmart, but in many ways Amazon is a greater problem because we never actually see the workers. PZ Myers over at Pharyngula links to a story at Salon this morning about the ongoing inhumane practices at Jeff Bezos’ company. I […]

SEN. PORTMAN TO OHIOANS: SUCK IT UP…!

February 20th, 2014

From Progress Ohio: Earlier this month, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio cast the deciding vote to kill renewed unemployment insurance, letting down more than 50,000 Ohioans who are looking for work. Sen. Portman chose party politics over his constituents, particularly those who have fallen on hard times. Sen. Portman can still make right by us. […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON RESELLING SIN-TAX LIES…

February 20th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: Don’t you love the way the downtown gang holds together. When Alan Glazen told the truth about the sin tax lies he brought all hell down upon him I guess. He said the promises of the campaign were simply made up. A bitter letter appeared in the Plain Dealer Feb. 19th decrying […]

BUT, THEY DO MANAGE TO KEEP THE MONEY…

January 29th, 2014

I understand Derf’s frustration, my own reaction upon reading this bit of obscenity in the news was similar, but we make an error when we pretend that just because the people holding the money didn’t actually earn the money, they must be idiots. That may be the case, as it was with a few monarchs […]

WHY SOLITARY IS PUNISHMENT…

January 20th, 2014

Most of the tramps spent ten consecutive hours in this dreary room. It is hard to imagine how they put up with 11. I have come to think that boredom is the worst of all a tramp’s evils, worse than hunger and discomfort, worse even than the constant feeling of being socially disgraced. It is […]

BARNES & NOBLE HATES RUNNING A BOOK STORE…

January 7th, 2014

One of my holiday gifts was a $25 gift card from Barnes & Noble. Yea! Today in my email I got a reminder that next week is Teacher Appreciation Week at Barnes & Noble which gives me a 25 percent discount on all purchases at the store. Double yea! I quickly did the math and […]

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