N.B. The hyena caricature (right) is from William Belcher’s Address to Humanity, published in 1796. Thanks to Ragged Edge Magazine. On Monday, the day after passage of the new health reform law, I received a visit from a friend (call him Vic) who’s perpetually broke. He and his wife (Tina) lived with us at one […]
The Obama administration needs to convey a message that things are under control. So they commemorated the first anniversary of the Recovery Act with this: It’s a chart showing the number of jobs lost each month from December 2007 to January 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
We need a literature about being spoiled.… Most people who read in this country are spoiled and boring, yet all they want to read about is struggle and adventure. — William Upski Wimsatt, No More Prisons To be fair, income inequality must have been much greater in the colonial period than it is today. Income […]
This traditional southern put-down came to mind as a I read Matthew Yglesias’ posts (yesterday and today) on the presumed link between wealth, on the one hand, and competence and innovation, on the other. Exhibit A: Big Business may retard technological progress. Alexander J. Field argues that the 1930s were the “most technologically progressive” decade […]
So I need to replace the lenses in my glasses to match a new prescription from the eye doctor. Thanks to the globalization of lens grinding, I am having to fill the prescription twice. That’s because in all of metro Birmingham (pop. 975,000), there is not a single optician who makes lenses on the premises. […]
Looking over Barbara Ehrenreich’s Bait and Switch, a 2005 exposé on the decline of the middle class, I found descriptions of the following three alternatives for the downsized corporate manager. Franchising, also known as “buying yourself a job,” is the purchase of the right to operate a local franchise of a major corporation. Most of […]
One of the ads in Gmail pleaded with me to “Preserve F-22 Raptor jobs now!” Curious, I followed the link, and after a few minutes I used the site’s tools to send the following letter to the White House. Dear President Obama, During the campaign for president, your opponents often attacked you as a “socialist.” […]