(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 15, 2019 Drugs, guns, and despair: How America is killing Americans
American life expectancy has declined. There's no foreign invasion. No war within its borders. No one to blame but ourselves. How then, is America killing Americans? Most reports point to three things: drugs and alcohol, guns, and despair.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, December 31, 2018 Trump's trials and tribulations in 2019
In the last two years, the Republican majority has prevented any real investigations of Trump in Congress. In January, however, they'll be reduced to an impotent minority that can only whine and moan. Trump will do his best to hide behind the theory that a sitting president cannot be indicted. That will be challenged. Mueller, and everyone else, is moving up the chain.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 3, 2018 Trump might be leading the US to another meltdown
The idea of working people making more money, and themselves, perhaps less, has zero appeal. The only thing left to do is change the rules. They know perfectly well they can enrich themselves selling rubbish. If they bring the house down, someone else will pay the cost. Hence, they push for deregulation which eventually will bring down the financial sector, as has happened before.
(21 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Neither Bolton, nor Trump is the real problem
Bad as Bolton is, he is not the problem. Bad as Donald Trump, who brought him back, is, he's not the problem. The problem is "them" -- Republicans. Self-designated conservatives.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, September 5, 2011 It's time to end this silly farce of Labor Day.
It's time to end this silly farce of Labor Day.
No one celebrates labor.
I mean no one. A few months back I suggested to Arianna Huffington that Huffington Post have a Labor section. They have business -- as do all major publications -- style, black, latino, green, religion, good news, travel, weird news, comedy, celebrity, parents -- but not labor. They have recipes, home, do it yourself, body, spirit, and...
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 5, 2011 The Last Weiner
This needs to be solved, this needs a real fix.
We need a new combination, we need a new mix
to save the world from men getting their kicks,
and the news media full of nothing but pricks.
SHARE Thursday, December 9, 2010 Weird Tax Myths #2 -" Recessions, Depressens & Tax Policy
Tax hikes end depressions & recessions by stimulating the economy. Tax cuts cause crashes & lower the GDP rate of increase. The right wing passion for tax cuts is a bought & paid for propaganda service. If we fail to put in place sane tax policies we are heading for another crash.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 5, 2010 Weird Tax Myths
MYTH #1: Tax cuts create jobs. Tax increases cost jobs.
All Republican politicians, and many Democratic ones as well, make the claim that tax increases will prevent small business people from hiring. Indeed, it may force them to fire people.
Alright, we expect politicians to say loony things. But we have a right to expect reporters to break out in hysterical laughter, economists to... to say how ridiculous that is...
SHARE Saturday, May 2, 2009 An Ode to Spring (of Banks We Sing)
Lo, yon derivative swaps have taken wing.
'Tis an ode to spring. 'Tis of banks we sing.
Oh so recently, richly, wildly over-inflated,
their lending rooms are now tightly constipated.
But, "O Goldman," and also "O Sachs,"
know that the government has your backs,
we'll restore your riches with an extra tax
as you lobby to be sure regulations stay lax.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 8, 2009 Time for Tax Hikes
US economic growth has been strongest when our taxes have been high. During World War II, then under Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy, our upper marginal tax rates were between 88-92%. Read those numbers again. They are astonishingly high. Those were our strongest growth years.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 2, 2008 THE NEW KNOW NOTHINGS
It was Jesus Christ, if Matthew is to be believed, who said, "Love thine enemy." It is in that spirit that I write this belated valentine to Sarah Palin.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, September 15, 2008 Crash Course In Economics
watching the economic news is like being in a car that is sliding on ice, where time seems to slow down as you watch the crash happen-- time slowed while we slid forward and sideways, heading onto the shoulder, then past it "-. it seemed as if we had all the time in the world, yet there was nothing we could do to get off the ice, alter the trajectory, slow down "- nothing "- until we crashed.