Category Archives: Economy

Vehicle Miles Down September, 5 Year No Growth Pattern Continues

Calculated Risk has the details.  While gas prices and the economy are big players, changing demographics (older people driving less) and changing habits (younger people driving less and not just for economic reasons) are also part of the story.

Wisconsin Last in Jobs – Walker Could Provide at Least One Job Opening

I know Governor Walker has the ability to create at least one job opening in Madison. Just sayin’ Here’s Laura Dresser of COWS on NBC Nightly News, talking about Wisconsin’s “off the rails” job losses.

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 […]

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.

Right On The Money

(h/t Atrios) Barry Ritholtz right on the money.  “Works for pot, crack, robo-signing, and segregated account theft….”

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 […]

Borowitz Offers Horse Sense In Greek Euro Crisis

I think Greece should consider it.   None of the  terms offered to Greece make any sense – and no one is thinking about a surprise attack (shhhh!)

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 […]