Category economics

Democrats sucking again–killing Dodd Frank

Once upon a time (about ten years ago) there was a stock market and a banking system and a real estate bubble. It all went crashing down during a ‘liquidity crisis’ caused in large part by over leveraged banks. The General Accounting Office, the government entity charged with assessing  the impact of government decisions on […]

The Healthcare Crisis, year 46

I have weird things that stick to my memory. It was 1972. I was a teenager in Indian Hills High School and my social studies teacher was talking about the latest article in the Scholastic Reader. It was kind of arcane for high school kids–health insurance, of all things. It was boring and wonky, but […]

Happy 2018, DOODS!

We made it through 2017. It was a farkin’ disaster for the most part, but we did it. Trump was every bit the train wreck of a president I thought he’d be, and we’re leaning into economic territory we haven’t been in since 2007–lots of debt that’s unsustainable, that will never be repaid, and trillions […]

The potential ‘Friday Night massacre’.

  Drifting into political territory here rather than discussing the unfolding Sixth Mass Extinction. I’ll get back to that in a moment. You will be concerned. Concern is growing that President Trump will fire special prosecutor Bob Mueller in the coming week, after Congress has adjourned for the winter break. The target date being mentioned […]

New York, overbuilt and gentrified

Let’s start with the latest from my Brooklyn Nabe. This is the sole grocery/supermarket within easy walking distance of my apartment. You’ll notice it is boarded up. I had mixed feelings about the place–they were open late and 365 days a year, but the cleanliness was always an issue, and their produce and dairy were […]

The Flying Dogs of War

Blood and destruction shall be so in use And dreadful objects so familiar That mothers shall but smile when they behold Their infants quarter’d with the hands of war; All pity choked with custom of fell deeds: And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge, With Ate by his side come hot from hell, Shall in these […]

Tried to warn you, Tampa

The week of superstorms, culminating in the weekend of anxiety. First there was Hurricane Harvey, bearing down on Houston, Texas like God Almighty was in a smiting mood. Then there was Hurricane Irma, clobbering Cuba and the Virgin Islands and then heading up Florida like a titanoboa ready to wrap around Florida’s peninsula and crush […]