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My Budget Proposal

No, I didn’t watch the President’s budget proposal today. I have a job. But the Republican party has already won this argument, because the whole thing is being discussed on their terms. The deficit is the single biggest threat to our democracy. Really? Right now? The deficit is more important than job creation? So I’m [...]

What Matters Is $5, Apparently

I’m not a big fan of the big banking industry. I mean, really. Fuck those guys. And the ads for banks that are all soft and lovely, pretending to be about something bigger than just money, are disingenuous and hypocritical, and again, I say fuck those guys. JP Morgan Chase is one of my least [...]

I Double Dog Dare You!

As long as we’re talking about Wisconsin (the home state of the dreamy Russ “Everything’s” Feingold), pay attention to Madison. And now Milwaukee. Most of my six readers are probably already aware of the current situation in the Wisconsin state capital, and, in fact, I’m thrilled to say that one of my six readers went [...]

The New York Donalds

Put me squarely in the camp of people who want Donald Trump to buy a good chunk of the New York Mets. I don’t much care for the Donald in general. The extent of my direct experience with him, however, is limited to him sitting two seats away from me at Howard Stern’s Private Parts [...]

It’s a Very Kind B&E

For once, “B&E” on B&E doesn’t mean bald & effective. Today, it means breaking & entering. But first… I’m sure it will surprise you to hear that I’m no big fan of the monster banks. Whether it’s the bailout, the bonuses, the lack of lending, or the inequity, I’ve got reasons. So I’m deeply suspicious [...]

It’s Not a Drink. It’s a Treat.

Okay, so this will probably be the last time I mention the proposed tax on sugary drinks. (Here’s the first time.) Why the last time? Well, first of all, it’s not going to happen here in New York, which makes me mad. Like so many states, New York has a budget crisis and needs cash. [...]

Don’t Fuck With Robin Hood, Sheriff of Bankerham

Yesterday, a friend in the UK posted a link to her Facebook page for a project she’s involved with: The Robin Hood Tax. Go check it out. There’s a nice little video featuring Bill Nighy as a douchey banker trying to explain why this tax is a bad idea. (It’s not a bad idea, by [...]

This Is the State of the Union, Bitches

No, I didn’t watch the State of the Union address this week. Sure, I would’ve liked it more than the SOTU addresses of the past decade, but I just couldn’t muster up the enthusiasm. Like anyone who follows politics, I’ve heard a thing or two about the speech – some positive, some negative. I can [...]

The Hope of a New Season

The thing that’s just terrific about baseball is that hope springs eternal. So your team failed (as usual) this year. It doesn’t matter. February rolls around, you hear the magical words, “pitchers & catchers,” and your team has the potential to be the best in the league, just like every other team. Oh, unless you’re [...]

That’ll Show ‘Em

Remember the New York Metropolitans? They’re a minor league team that plays in Flushing Meadows, Queens. At least that’s how it seemed this past season, as they staggered to a 92-loss season. Well done, Highest Payroll in the National League. So what’s the front office’s biggest move during this off-season so far? A new jersey! [...]