Category Archives: Economics & Politics

Or, for a little more, you get 3 bedrooms near the golf course…

Here’s another case where a bit of math and common sense makes it easy to understand government. The Springfield city council recently approved a project to build a 44 unit housing complex for $7 million.  If you’re not familiar with … Continue reading

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Go smooth yourself

Several months ago, the SJ-R published a letter to the editor I submitted regarding the deepening crisis with state funded pensions in Illinois. A week later the paper published a reply from Dave Urbanek, spokesman for the Teachers Retirement System … Continue reading

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Inaugural post, and some econ nerd guilty pleasure

Welcome. This is my first official post.  You may notice that there are actually several posts dating back a few years, but those are uploads of older writings to get things started.  Most are letters to the editor of my … Continue reading

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Just spitballing here, Senator, but how about you just do your job?

[Submitted/published State Journal-Register] Firstly, I think most people acknowledge that we’re all imperfect sinners, and could all use a little help or friendly counsel from time to time.  Even from other imperfect sinners.  On the other hand, the average citizen … Continue reading

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Where there’s smoke, there’s Eric Holder

Obama’s Justice Department has been busily not pursuing voter intimidation cases, not pursuing pimps securing abortions for 12 year olds, not pursuing other departments repeatedly found in contempt of court orders, and not enforcing laws passed by Congress. What exactly … Continue reading

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Dismal Science? I’m laughing like a PIIGS

It’s really unfair that Economics got tagged as “The Dismal Science.”  If you just grasp some fundamental principles, it can be a source of constant entertainment. For instance, on Saturday Reuters reported that Germany and France want Portugal to accept … Continue reading

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Lies, Damnable Lies, and the CPI

[Submitted/published State Journal-Register] There have been several letters lately from senior citizens questioning the government’s assertion of no inflation, which has resulted in no Social Security increases for two years. The confusion is understandable, given that food costs are rising, … Continue reading

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We can’t go bankrupt, silly. It’s called “default.”

[Submitted/published State Journal-Register] Illinois continues to dominate among the states when it comes to fiscal mismanagement. We still lead among all U.S. states in cumulative probability of default on our debts, with a 21 percent risk. Globally, Illinois debt ranks … Continue reading

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Green Party gets machined in Chicago

The best stories aren’t always on the front page. On page 14 of the 10/15/2010 State Journal-Register is news that the Chicago elections board had mis-spelled the name of Green Party candidate Rich Whitney, who would coincidentally tend to pull … Continue reading

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Social Security — diamond anniversary turns to lead

[Submitted/published State Journal-Register] If you were wondering how long the world’s biggest Ponzi scheme could last, the answer is official:  75 years. With the September 30th fiscal year end, Social Security, born in 1935,  also just marked the final year … Continue reading

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