September 2008

Victory? Maybe, Maybe Not.

September 30, 2008

This may be a situation where even the winners are losers. There were plenty of losers, however. The House Republicans that voted against the bill did so for the wrong reasons. But, you take what you can get. This bill was far from what was needed. It deserved to lose. It was the result of […]

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Questions. Answers? II

September 28, 2008

It must have been terrible, waiting until I posted the following, answering all of your questions. It gets worse. I have some answers but, alas, not all. For those of you who haven’t read the first post in this short series, get with the program. Now that we know some of what went wrong and […]

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Questions. Answers?

September 27, 2008

There is some possibility that you have questions about the financial crisis. Questions were put to the candidates at the debate. Obama seemed on the cusp of an answer one time. McCain didn’t even try. We should not have expected any answers from the candidates. Neither is an expert on economics. We should not be […]

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Me and Shakespeare

September 26, 2008

Despite being a contemporary of the Bard, I admit to being far, far ‘neath the man in talent and in command of the tongue. Were I to ever fail to remember that sad fact there are hosts, indeed hordes, of persons at the ready to remind me. I knew William Shakespeare and I am no […]

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Christmas on Wall Street

September 25, 2008

Have you heard some rumors using a figure of $700 billion? You didn’t forget Fannie and Freddie and Bear Stearns and AIG did you? That was somewhere in the neighborhood of $315 billion, even before the other number started getting all of the attention. So, let’s just round all of this off at a trillion […]

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Say What?

September 25, 2008

Sometimes you wonder if certain people are familiar with the Mother Tongue. Few politicians, at least since Adlai Stevenson, have been fully literate. So, we cut them some slack. Despite their profession, either most of the media share the same disadvantage or they are exceptionally forgiving to their partners in crime. Given the quality and […]

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Get Real

September 24, 2008

Well, here comes another defense of the indefensible. No. Not from me. It is the subject, the target of my post. I wish I could remember when I first found the limits, the real limits of ideology. Was it difficult? Since I did it so long ago, it probably wasn’t that deeply ingrained. I imagine […]

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Responding to the Financial 9-11

September 22, 2008

Did we learn anything from 9-11? Apparently not. Here we are in a financial 9-11 and everyone in Washington is reacting the same way. Is it possible that future candidates will wish they had refused to join the herd? Will they say that they voted for it but now are against it? All of a […]

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Not Your Daddy’s Oldsmobile

September 19, 2008

No. This isn’t a cut-and-paste from Car and Driver magazine. This is really about change in that strange and illogical world of economics. Oh well. I guess I just scared everyone off. Come on now. This is not only important but by reading this you will be several steps ahead of all of those professional […]

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Company First

September 18, 2008

Back around the first of this past August I had a post dealing with another aspect of the problem I am now addressing. In that post I discussed political tools. I also referred to them as isms. Here I will term them ideologies. It makes no difference. Tools. Isms. Ideologies. They are all the same. […]

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