27 Oct 2017

FCC Changes to Local TV News It looks like Trump’s FCC will change ownership rules for local TV and media outlets.How do we look at this as a nation hoping for an informed public? I see three ways:This is inevitable. It seems scary. (However) There is opportunity.So, is it inevitable? Why does this move by the FCC make economic sense?Most TV news stations are moving digitally. The majority of the audienc...

16 Aug 2017

Many in in America have become familiar with the term “fake news” in recent years. Whether it’s being shouted by President Donald Trump against the “liberal media establishment” or by liberal or progressives towards conservative media organizations, it has become the theme of a nonstop series of accusations.More than ever, America is polarizing itself along regional, economic, and ideological lines. The middle ground of bipa...

15 Aug 2011

Cut out almost every income tax loophole, make all income (capital gains on investments included) taxed using the same simple model, lower rates across the board (especially for lower and middle income earners - where the money will mostly go to boosting demand, where the economy is weakest right now) and put at least half of the savings towards cutting the deficit. Common sense ideas like this, on how we can, in one fell swoop,...

07 Aug 2011

In his usual rare form, Fareed Zakaria's monologue on the budget deficits, debt and credit rating this week cut to the heart of the issue. People are complaining up and down about the S&P downgrading our federal credit rating, which is likely to cost us hundreds of billions in increased debt payments and will damage our economy to an extent that can't be known until later, but many of them have been saying the exact same thi...

14 May 2011

David Brooks' column from a few days ago makes a good point. We're not going to get some in depth and substantive compromise hammered out in just a few weeks, there just isn't enough time, but something more simple is possible, and could even be better in the long run.Not that we could reasonably expect the blind partisans running the two major parties to do something so logical, but if they chose to they have the power to m...

14 May 2011

Just to be clear, I'm not arguing that this is illegal. I'm arguing that this is patently WRONG. In short, if the law does allow the government to tell a company what states it can decide to put a factory, that law needs to be changed.Each state has different laws, levels of taxation, pools of employees with the right skills, access to materials, etc, but when a company is looking to build a factory, there are certainly some...

13 May 2011

As frustration builds with many (should I say, most?) voters, the call for a third party gets stronger.  With hypocrisy, corruption, and empty headed thinking abounding with both Republican and Democratic parties, the idea of a third party absent these qualities seems alluring. Is this real or simply a mirage?The odds against a third party winning a US national election are staggering.  Individual State requirements work to ...

12 May 2011

Here are the spending areas of the federal budget that I would like to see cut, with some specific suggestions on how:  Social Security Social Security was initially created in the 1930’s to be a social safety net to reduce the level of poverty our senior citizens were experiencing.  I believe this goal is very worthwhile as I don’t want to live in a society where getting old is a key cause of poverty…and I want to pa...

09 May 2011

The Pew Center for the People and the Press has done one its Political Typology Surveys that they do every few years.  This time around, one of the things they found was that more and more people are becoming Independent.  There’s nothing surprising about that, but what is surprising is that the center in American politics is not a monolithic group: With the economy still struggling and the nation involved in multiple milit...

09 May 2011

In a political party system where many view the Center as a mere blend between two purer ideologies of conservatism and progressivism, Independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York often has something creative to say. Elected in a city of greater diversity, wealth and population than many US states and several countries, he’s someone that’s perhaps worth listening to.Yet is he actually creative? On last week's broadcast of N...