Back in 2008-9 during the passage of TARP and other emergency liquidity injections my economics teacher at the time asked, “The banks are getting bailed out by the government, but who will bail out the government?” Now that the most recent liquidity crisis (as Keith Hennessey calls it) has been averted, many might say that … Continue reading Lets Talk Debt
I’m about as Republican as they come, but Sarah Palin excels at getting on my nerves. When she first burst onto the political scene in 2008, she was viewed as a sort of hayseed, salt o’ the earth soccer mom cum VP contender. It became immediately obvious that despite her spunk, Sarah Palin didn’t really … Continue reading Sarah Palin: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Keep Unqualified Political Opinions to Myself
Four years ago Engadget wisely wrote an open letter to Palm, advising them to update their product lines and come up to speed with the rest of the smart phone industry. Enter the Pre, and for a few expectant months it seemed like Palm just might stage a comeback. But then more carriers added Android … Continue reading An Open Letter to RIM
All of this talk about the fit hitting the shan got me thinking about the word pieces, which, as it would with just about anybody, got me thinking about the words “Reese’s Pieces”, which then got me thinking about Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, which I happen to be eating as I type this. So here’s … Continue reading The Economy in Pieces?
I was pointed toward an article today in the WSJ where the authors touted that the negotiation process toward the debt deal was what the framers of The Constitution wanted. I don’t disagree with the article on a whole but it isn’t a very good response to someone who is critical of the polarization of our … Continue reading The Founding Fathers
It seems that the debate over the debt limit is finally coming to a close and our lawmakers are attempting to earn their salaries by actually working together for a few days. My not-so-secretive distaste for politicians aside, I’m glad that some agreement was made. A couple of concerns: The showdown is not over, only … Continue reading The end of the world avoided…kinda
Salmon is awesome. So is putting stuff on the grill. The problem is that placing salmon directly on the grill often means that the outside of the fish burns quickly but not thoroughly, and that it sticks to the grill. Enter the cedar plank. Marinate the fish, place it on a plank and grill away. … Continue reading Cedar Plank Salmon: The Best Things in Life Just Got Better, Somehow
Over at our competitor, the ‘Times, Greg Mankiw has written a cogent and sympathetic analysis of Ben Bernanke and his performance as chairman of the Fed since ’06. Seeing as Bernanke probably deserved the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize more than Obama did, it’s nice to see something that’s chiming in his favor. Bernanke, to his … Continue reading Bernanke: A Balanced Perspective