Archive for the 'Economy' Category

FINANCIAL IGNORANCE ENABLES OUR OPPRESSORS…

April 11th, 2017

In my day job I work with a range of students to help them more from their studies. While my work covers the gamut of topics, I probably spend more time on maths skills than any other subject. One of the messages I do my best to reinforce with my charges is that those who […]

THIS IS WHAT FAKE NEWS LOOKS LIKE…

March 30th, 2017

No. Not Derf’s cartoon, this. I’ve long been an advocate for buying local, for keeping the money I spend in the local economy and not sending my dollars out of state and out of the country to benefit people who are not my neighbors. This morning I was going to post Derf’s work with a […]

WELL $65 ISN’T 50 P, STILL, HOWEVER…

February 24th, 2017

Just in case you needed a reminder…

THE AMERICAN DREAM CAN BE A NIGHTMARE…

February 22nd, 2017

When the economy allowed us to live in the same community and draw a paycheck from the same company for decades, then buying a home, putting down roots, made a lot of sense. That was the American dream. That dream went away with globalization and the rise of economies that were not as great as […]

RENACCI RUSHES TO FURTHER GUT PROTECTIONS…

January 17th, 2017

House Resolution 5, The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017—obfuscately described by sponsor Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6) as a bill: To reform the process by which Federal agencies analyze and formulate new regulations and guidance documents, to clarify the nature of judicial review of agency interpretations, to ensure complete analysis of potential impacts on small entities of […]

HOW POOR CAN YOU BE AND BE ON THE LIST…?

January 16th, 2017

Over the last few days I found myself wondering just how much money you need to be on the list of the 400 wealthiest Americans. The number comes from Forbes which annually publishes the Forbes 400. The most recent list, 2016, puts Bill Gates at the top with $81 billion, $14 billion ahead of No. […]

FACING 45 YEARS FOR THE CRIME OF JOURNALISM…

October 22nd, 2016

Muckraking is a proud and storied tradition for Journalists in America. Perhaps my favorite example is Ida Minerva Tarbell, the woman who singlehandedly brought down the giant that was Standard Oil. In my lifetime I have followed the journalistic careers of I.F. Stone and Roldo Bartimole. Judge John Grinsteiner threw out rioting charges related to […]

TRUMPS TAX RETURNS ARE LIKELY WORTHLESS…

September 30th, 2016

What is Donald Trump hiding? When any of Hillary Clinton’s staff and supporters talk about Trump’s tax returns, that’s the question that they ask. They pretend that Trump’s tax returns have any real meaning. They don’t. The don’t for two reasons: first, we’re not tax lawyers able to decipher the Byzantine code we’ll find there; […]

OOPS…!

September 15th, 2016

Setting a precedent, no matter how carefully considered, always reveals unintended consequences. Or, we are meant to believe that is true. The writer in me wants to believe that FBI Director James Comey is way smarter than people want to believe and that he is playing a very deep, deep game. Here’s my tin-hat conspiracy […]

DEMOCRACY OR PLUTOCRACY, WE GET TO DECIDE…

September 12th, 2016

Reading Bill Moyers’ speech this morning reminds me of the message that Roldo Bartimole has shared with his readers for decades: that the rich and privileged think that their wealth and power is somehow a right and lesser beings just have to accept that reality. Moyers, writing in We, the Plutocrats vs. We, the People: […]

PUT THE ORGANIZED BACK IN LABOR DAY…

September 5th, 2016

To be alive and working in the United States of America in the 1950’s was something of miracle. You were living in the world’s greatest nation and the booming middle class was fueling an economic expansion unlike any the nation had experienced and one in three workers was a member of a union. That number […]

SECRETS OF A GLOBAL SUPER COURT: PART I
WHEN A FEW ARE MORE EQUAL BEFORE THE LAW…

August 31st, 2016

Corporate society takes care of everything. And all it asks of anyone, all it’s ever asked of anyone ever, is not to interfere with management decisions. —Bartholomew What happens when real multi-national corporations aspire to the level of dominance voiced by the character of Bartholomew (played by John Houseman in the 1974 film, Rollerball? You […]

THOMAS FRANK ON THE EVILS OF MERITOCRACY…

August 30th, 2016

Thomas Frank sat down for an interview with Kathy Kiely published in Author Thomas Frank Talks Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and His New Book, ‘Listen Liberal’ at Bill Moyers & Company. Frank took Kiely over a number of jumps, but the theme of meritocracy vs. solidarity resonated with me. One of the things about a […]

SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME…

August 25th, 2016

Oh gawd! I do not need another suggested reading list to make me feel even less informed and lazy. Curse you Ralph Nader! Ralph Nader, writing in Readers Think. Thinkers Read, suggests: Here are my recommended books to read for the late summer holidays. The Green Cowboy: An Energetic Life, by S. David Freeman, Authorhouse. […]

OR HE WENT TO HARVARD LAWLESS SCHOOL…*

July 21st, 2016

*Harvard Lawless School…

GROUND ZERO, CLEVELAND AND DONALD TRUMP…

July 17th, 2016

In Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland, Edward McClelland wrote in 2013: [Cleveland’s Slavic Village] was more than 50 percent African-American. After the slumlords came the speculators, the house-flippers. Ohio had some of the weakest lending laws in the nation. Slavic Village, a neighborhood full of unwanted […]

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT; AMERICAN INDIFFERENCE…

July 14th, 2016

An urban legend is told by baby boomers of being harshly instructed by their parents to clean your plates because there are starving children in India who would love to have that food. The smartass response, also an urban legend, is the kid who whips out a large manila envelope addressed to “The Starving Children […]

THE BOSSES GET RICHER, THE REST GET POORER…

July 11th, 2016

Ralph Nader, writes in Vanishing the People’s Wealth to Make the Bosses Richer: Imagine you are a shareholder in a big company and the top executives are sitting on huge amounts of cash and are not interested in putting it to work through productive capital investments, research and development, reducing company debt or paying employees […]

QUITE THE SILLY OLD COUNTRY INDEED…!

July 1st, 2016

RULE NO. 1: NEVER TRUST YOUR BROTHER-IN-LAW…

June 13th, 2016

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