Archive for the 'Banking' Category

RICH-BOY GAMBLING CASINO TAKES ANOTHER HIT…

August 17th, 2017

While of late Matt Taibbi, the heir to Hunter S. Thompson has been writing mostly about our current political nightmare, I first came to his writing because of his ability to yank back the curtain on the arcane world of rich-boy gambling known as Wall Street. It was Taibbi that I first heard about the […]

GIVE ROBERT GREENSTEIN A SERIOUS LISTEN…

June 18th, 2017

I sat in my car this morning listening to Robert Greenstein deliver his City Club of Cleveland presentation: The budget would turn back the clock even farther to before the 1960s.. You should listen as well. Seriously.

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]