Category Archives: Economics & Politics

“Insider of the Year” nominations are in! And the prestigious “Sleazie” statue goes to…

This may be a bit risky with nearly two months left in the year, but if there’s some kind of “taxpayers’ friend” award for 2011, I’d like to go ahead and nominate Solyndra.  That’s the insider-connected green company that got … Continue reading

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Things you’ll never be able to explain to a WS Occupier…

Just saw another reference in today’s local paper as to how the catalyst for our continuing financial meltdown was due to “lack of financial regulation.” Which is really the problem with just about everything in America, isn’t it?  From swimming … Continue reading

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Come on in — the water’s fi-aaaiiiiiiiieeeeee!!!!

You’d have to be a pretty cold-hearted SOB to take a horrible tragedy and use it as a lesson in economics and government stupidity. At your service. The local YMCA just avoided having its pool closed by committing to install … Continue reading

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A trillion euros? How much is that in gyros?

In a recent letter to the editor in my hometown paper (Springfield Journal-Register), a writer helpfully offered to clarify the European financial situation for us economic rubes. He used a parable of a banker named Angela Merckel (coincidentally, the same … Continue reading

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Dodging a Billion Dollar Disaster

To help understand how Congress really feels about Americans, maybe they could have town hall meetings where we could be personally slapped in the face while they call us morons.  It’s a little harsh, but it might help some people … Continue reading

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Balanced budget debate — “Next man makes a move, the [sheriff] gets it!”

Remember that scene from Blazing Saddles? (Yes, I know he didn’t say “sheriff.”  I’m not up for a PC death match over a stupid word.)  The townsfolk, enraged that their new sheriff is “of color,” form a lynch mob and … Continue reading

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Which Lie am I Supposed to Believe?

If you’re old enough, maybe you’ll remember this… I think of it every time time a politician threatens to lay off police and firemen if they have to cut the budget, or we’re told how many poor children will be … Continue reading

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August 2, 2011 — Doomsday or just Tuesday?

Well, we’re only a couple of weeks out until budgetary Armageddon.  Total financial collapse.  A world economic catastrophe unlike any ever seen. Or not.  It depends on who you ask. We’re getting ominous warnings from the Congressional Democrats, the Federal … Continue reading

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High-speed fail

At a Springfield press conference last Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said that there would be high speed rail service between Chicago and St. Louis within five years, proving the old adage that it’s better to keep one’s … Continue reading

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Go smooth yourself, part II

Today’s SJ-R reported again on Governor Quinn and the Democrat-controlled legislature’s continuing efforts to borrow anywhere from six- to eight billion dollars for past due bills so they can get back to running up more bills they can’t pay. There’s … Continue reading

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