Tag Archives: Reagan

Social Security in the cross-hairs for both parties

It’s that time once again to have the GOP threaten to shut down the government. We’ve run up against the debt ceiling and now need to have the ceiling moved up (something that used to pass without much notice during the W years). But the ‘Freedom Caucus’ is in charge and they’re anxious to risk […]

Cheap gas and economic collapse

  I was hoping to keep this short when I started writing it back in early December, but (to quote Ralph Waldo Emerson), “things are in the saddle and ride mankind.”  Oil prices have fallen off a cliff in recent weeks, declining some 45%. It has been a good time for motorists–and for the peak […]

Commemorate the CCC and WPA!

Wikipedia I write this on the morning that a recently-released Gallup poll revealed unemployment to be the number one concern of Americans, with almost three times as many people considering it to be a bigger problem than the deficit (23% versus 8%). For those joining us late, I’ve been posting about the subject of unemployment […]

being cranky about the Sequester (short)

Re the Sequester as a way to ‘fix’ the Deficit: Three out of five jobs created since the Crash of 2008 pay subsistence wages. For better than a decade, we’ve been shipping jobs overseas thanks to the removal of trade tariffs (due to NAFTA and GATT and all the other agreements) and the giving of […]

Greenham Common: The first Occupy?

In honor of Women’s History Month, I thought I’d give you some women’s history from a few decades back. It was 1983 and the world was closer to nuclear confrontation between the US and the Soviets than it had been since the Cuban Missile Crisis. More than a few of my writer friends have become […]