Archive for the 'Economy' Category

AVOIDING THE PROBLEMS WITH BOYCOTTS…

July 22nd, 2014

Boycotts are always problematic, but they can be effective. Putting our money behind our personal convictions helped to bring down South Africa’s apartheid regime. But when does joining a consumer boycott of products or services produced by a specific company or originating in a given region of the world make sense? It’s a question that […]

WHICH STATE, WHICH COMMUNITY, BENEFITS?

July 21st, 2014

I’m all for collecting the sales taxes from online sales, but the sticking point is not who pays the tax, but rather which states (and ultimately which communities) benefit from collecting the tax. Consider this scenario: I live in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, which collects an 8 percent sales tax on all non-food purchases. I have […]

CHASING NEEDS AN ECONOMICS LESSON…

July 9th, 2014

Yesterday on the front page of The Marietta Times, Amanda Nicholson wrote a story headlined: Homeowners, farmers carry school tax load. The gist of the story is that in Ohio generally, and in Washington County particularly, homeowners and farmers carry the heaviest load when it comes to property taxes that support local schools. (This contrasts […]

SO, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT…?

July 6th, 2014

I finished reading Elizabeth Warren’s A Fighting Chance yesterday and what follows are passages that grabbed my attention. In the wake of the disappointing performance of President Barack Hussein Obama, I am hesitant to get behind yet another Democrat, but I have liked and been public in my support of Warren in the past and […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON WHY UNITED WAY IS A PHONY…

June 22nd, 2014

United Way really is a Republican program. It’s how corporations deal with, shall we say, the less fortunate. Why? It is cheaper. Very cheap. Make believe cheap. If you can make believe as a community you are dealing with the serious poverty, health and social issues without taxes who saves? The rich, of course. Charity […]

I HAVE NO DOUBT…

June 22nd, 2014

WHO’D A THUNK IT…

June 21st, 2014

So, how will gambling, bar fights, prostitution and armed robbery boost the local economy?

COLLEGE IS PLAYED ON A CROOKED TABLE…

June 19th, 2014

On Tuesday, my home town newspaper, The Marietta Times, asked the poll question: Would a tuition guarantee convince you to attend college? The question was really about the continued rise in college tuition costs and, as I noted in a comment: The factors driving college tuition increases are multitudinous, and no one change will fix […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON PUSHING PAST THE PUSHBACK…

June 9th, 2014

It was encouraging and memorable to hear Councilman Jeff Johnson sharply challenging Council President Kevin Kelley on his sleight of hand with the Jackson administration in the final session before summer. The issue was passage of two phases of the short but very expensive roadway, nicknamed Opportunity Corridor. It courses through an area known as […]

CRIMINAL OR STUPID, WHO GETS TO DECIDE…?

June 9th, 2014

As has been documented in books and articles by people like Neil Barofsky and Jesse Eisenger, Timothy Geithner symbolized the worst elements of government subservience to Wall Street. While ostensibly a public servant as head of the New York Federal Reserve Bank and later Treasury Secretary during the turbulent period up to, during, and following […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON RESCUING THE BROWNS, AGAIN…

June 6th, 2014

Mayor Frank Jackson apparently feels that the Cleveland Browns and billionaire Jimmy Haslam aren’t getting enough sweetheart deals from the poverty plagued city. They need more city help. And Jackson’s the man to give it to them. So he and Cleveland City Council, led by President Kevin Kelley, provided the Browns with another sweetener – […]

SEND THEM BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM…

June 1st, 2014

OUR MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS MALIGNANCY…

May 28th, 2014

To see a larger version of this graphic (or check your state), visit The Guardian page. In the last several years, national tragedies like the shootings in Newtown have put pressure on the US government to improve access to mental health treatment. This weekend’s violence in Santa Barbara has reignited the issue. But behind these […]

PREPING FOR A SECOND SILENT SPRING…

May 27th, 2014

Via Pharyngula…

PROMOTING VICTORIAN VALUES…?

May 27th, 2014

Jobs are available in and around Marietta, Ohio—well-paying blue-collar jobs—thanks to the oil and gas drilling in the Utica and Marcellus shale formations that run deep beneath the bucolic hills of Washington County. The local economy is not as robust as during its manufacturing heyday, when chemical, metals, and plastics plants dominated the Ohio River […]

ARE WE WILLING TO FIGHT…?

May 23rd, 2014

Previously…

ON TODAY’S NEW POPULISTS AGENDA…

May 22nd, 2014

Full video of the conference… INVESTMENT, GROWTH AND SUSTAINABILITY –Time to Rebuild America: Invest and Grow; REP. KEITH ELLISON (D-Minn.) –We Aren’t Broke; We’ve Been Robbed: Fair Taxes in a Gilded Age; REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY (D-Ill.) THE NEW POPULISM –The Populist Moment; The Emerging Movement; ROBERT BOROSAGE, Co-Director, Campaign for America’s Future –The Populist Majority: […]

REALITY COMMENCES IN 3… 2…

May 22nd, 2014

I graduated from Ohio University 30 years ago. 1984, George Orwell notwithstanding, was a good year. We weren’t at war, conservatives had not yet wrecked the economy and that Internet thing was still pretty much a geeky kind of toy.

FREE CECILY…

May 6th, 2014

Molly Knefel writes: The verdict in the biggest Occupy related criminal case in New York City, that of Cecily McMillan, came down Monday afternoon. As disturbing as it is that she was found guilty of felony assault against Officer Grantley Bovell, the circumstances of her trial reflect an even more disturbing reality – that of […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON STOP THE BIG LIE…

May 5th, 2014

[Update at 0402 on 7 May--Well, this didn't go well. The wealthy white suburbs outvoted the working-poor black city: Issue No. 7 passed 101,717 to 78,741. JH] Roldo Bartimole writes: Will the voters fall for the Big Lie again? “Without Issue 7, the City and County could have to make deep cuts to important services, […]

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