Browsing All Posts filed under »Economy«

Off to College? Choose Your Major Wisely

August 22, 2016

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Okay, kids, it’s back to school time, and some of you are heading off to college.  Soon you will be faced with the decision of what to study.  Before you go prancing forth with some naive notion of “following your dreams,” be sure of some things: 1)  There are actually jobs to be had in […]

Another Misleading Internet Meme

April 4, 2016

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I’m getting tired of seeing certain Internet memes like this one making the rounds.  Golly, life is so hard and unfair these days.  A 40-hour-a-week job just doesn’t support us anymore.  You know what?  Life IS unfair, but this is not why.  This is something you can actually fix, if you want to.  Yes, there was […]

Why Child Care May Never Be Well Compensated

November 9, 2015

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It’s because of the limited availability of parental dollars to pay for the service. Marketwatch published an interesting chart this week, showing how those who care for our nation’s children are compensated at a lower rate than bellhops, car cleaners, and even parking lot attendants. Why is this? Child-care workers are entrusted with our nation’s […]

Some Grads are Unemployed Because They Can’t Be Bothered

March 13, 2015

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Ah, spring approaches, and a young man’s fancy turns to… internships.  Alas, I’m losing patience with all the sad headlines about unemployed young college grads and their tough circumstances.  Here’s why. I am of an age that for a few years now, my old high school friends have been going through this with their own […]

Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?

July 4, 2014

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It’s worth remembering that the “founding fathers” of our country were brave enough to stand up to what they saw as tyranny. They were willing to risk their personal and political fortunes, their freedom and their very lives to oppose the Crown over issues like unfair taxes, curtailment of credit, being forced to accommodate soldiers […]

How Businesses Lose Customers

March 3, 2014

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It’s the customer service, stupid. Businesses of all stripes would do well to remember that customers are people, that they have actual feelings, and the customer’s feeling of being neglected, ignored, or scorned is pretty tough for the businessman to recover from. Decades ago when I owned my very first car – a sporty little […]

Statistics Show US Population is Too Sick, Uneducated and Impoverished

January 24, 2014

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Warning:  this is not a politically correct post. Any  population will always have some individuals who are diseased, incompetent, weak, and generally unfit for reproduction or survival, to put it in Darwinian terms.  A healthy, competent, self-sufficient population will always have some minimal number of these individuals, but the majority of a successful population will […]

A Mileage Tax in the Land of Suburban Sprawl? Not Likely

December 6, 2013

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Writes Tom Curry for NBC News:  “By driving more fuel-efficient cars and by driving fewer miles than they did back before the 2008-09 recession, Americans are starving federal funding for highways and commuter rail and bus systems across the nation.” Why, those inconsiderate jerks, with their accursed fuel efficiency!  How dare they! So, of course, […]

Prospects of Default: Why Are Republicans So Stupid?

October 8, 2013

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I’m not liking either of the major parties in American politics these days.  I may very well never vote for any candidate from either of them again.  But the Republicans take the dubious prize for stupidest, most reckless, and most clueless about… well, just about everything, but at the moment I am thinking of a […]

Dear Congress: F— You, Too.

October 3, 2013

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This Internet meme turned up on my Facebook page a few days ago.  Ironic, isn’t it, that we have to keep paying our taxes… that government workers are furloughed… that government-owned facilities like parks and museums are closed… that veterans may soon lose their VA disability support… that new applications for social security or passports […]

Off to College? Choose Your Major Wisely

August 5, 2013

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Okay, kids, it’s back to school time, and some of you are heading off to college.  Soon you will be faced with the decision of what to study.  Before you go prancing forth with some naive notion of “following your dreams,” be sure of some things: 1)  There are actually jobs to be had in […]

Kudos to the Wagasky Family: Debt-Free on $14000 Per Year

March 5, 2013

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It often happens, in discussing general financial well-being, that someone will say:  “But these days, families neeeed two incomes just to get by.”  I have always disagreed with that statement, if only because childcare expenses demolish most of the second income.  For my example, I habitually point to one of my former Army colleagues, who […]

Some Grads are Unemployed Because They Can’t Be Bothered

February 8, 2013

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Ah, spring approaches, and a young man’s fancy turns to… internships.  Alas, I’m losing patience with all the sad headlines about unemployed young college grads and their tough circumstances.  Here’s why. I am of an age that for a few years now, my old high school friends have been going through this with their own […]

Hard Choices that No One Makes Anymore: Giving Up Your Kids for the Kids’ Sake

October 15, 2012

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Cold weather is on the way, and homeless shelters are full in the Washington, DC area.  The Washington Post recently highlighted the plight of a young mother with a toddler and a 2-month-old infant; the family had been sleeping in one of the city’s Metro stations since before the baby’s birth, until a well-meaning citizen […]

Obamacare is Unconstitutional: Will the Supreme Court Agree?

June 28, 2012

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The Supreme Court is due to rule today on the so-called “Obamacare” health-care mandate.  I am not really interested in listening to what the politicians have to say about it (isn’t listening to anything politicians have to say lately like trying to mediate a preschool riot?).  I am kind of interested in the impact the […]

The “Digital Divide,” Time-Wasting and the Have-Nots: A Hint on the Importance of Effort

June 26, 2012

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The New York Times ran an article last month bemoaning the “new digital divide.”  Back in the 1990s, Matt Richtel writes, the term “digital divide” referred to the gap between those who were wealthy enough to afford computers and internet access, and those who were not.  The perception at the time was that computers and […]

Easy, Predatory Credit is Still Out There

May 29, 2012

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A financial basket case gets a six-figure loan A longtime acquaintance was never very good with money.  She has established a long and quite predictable pattern of always earning barely enough money to squeak by each month, or not quite enough to squeak by.  I have known this woman to quit perfectly good jobs with […]