Category Archives: Dollars and Social Sense

Unexceptionalism – A Primer

h/t Atrios – E. L. Doctorow provides the Primer. Read it. Grieve. Work, in small ways and big and in whatever way you can, for something much, much better. We all deserve something much, much better – recognizing that democratic ideal was in part what made us exceptional.

What if Housing is Done for a Generation?

From twitter @mark_neely “What if Housing is Done for a Generation?” by Tyler Durden points to some pretty scary economics (I take exception to his federal deficit talk – it isn’t the issue – but in the main my sense is he’s on to something).  A key quote: “Without going into too much detail, we […]

Romneycare 6th Anniversary

ThinkProgress has it.  On the 6th anniversary you traditionally give a gift of something iron and in modern times it’s a wooden gift – make of it what you will (Teaparty types might combine the ‘old’ and ‘new’ for pitchforks to celebrate). Romneycare was a bad second best – but far better than what it […]

What About Peace and Widely Shared Prosperity?

It would be nice if Democrats at every level decided to stand for peace and widely shared prosperity – and of course (key item!) do those things that would achieve the stated goal.  As it is, I’m waiting too.

A Nice (and Terrible) Thing To Say About U.S. Health Care Researchers

Yes, given the importance of health care in our economy (not to mention to our health), health care researchers should be held to a high standard.

Consequences of Mainstreaming “Arcane Voodoo”

As Atrios points out – it isn’t a surprise.  What’s impressive, scary and depressing (in both meanings) is the disjunction between democracy and the complete failure in results of governments implementing stupid policies.  Makes a person think democracy no longer exists in such places.  Just a thought.

Median American Household Income Dropping Since 70s

Today’s Bruce Bartlett post on Economix “Fanning the Flames of Class Warfare” gives some interesting basic information – using a calculator from the Economic History Association we can see that the median American family income in Bartlett’s example of 1974 ($13,000) ranges in income or wealth value (depending on what type of value you’re interested […]

Busking Behavior – Neil Young, Joshua Bell and the Case for Public Art

This video of Neil Young busking in Glasgow in 1976 incognito before a concert is worth a look (especially if you’re a fan of his early work like me) It reminds me of the Washington Post’s experiment with the great violinist Joshua Bell (very much worth reading/seeing the video).  In the experiment Bell, one of […]

Misappropriate – Mortgage Settlement Money Going to WI Gen Budget

Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen aren’t the first public officials to take money intended for one purpose and use it for another.  In the case of the national mortgage fraud settlement money funding for Wisconsin, part of a settlement already grossly inadequate for helping provide restitution to victims, it will be […]

Russ Feingold Against Obama’s Use of Super PACs – It’s “Dancing with the Devil”

Read Feingold’s position here.  It’s easy to dismiss Russ’ position – it’s easy to say ‘you need to fight fire with fire’, etc. But I think it’s worth really thinking about the implications. As Russ traces it, how did we get to the point of big money dictating our politics – and is there more […]