Let’s talk Detroit for just a minute.
Forget the brouhaha the media have blown up around the head of “car czar” Steven Rattner. It doesn’t bother me and shouldn’t bother you. He happens to be one of those people it’s too easy to dislike on principle: (a) because he’s so obviously on the Read More
I think we have to be realistic. The people who brought us this mess, beginning with the failure of securitized loans that led to a credit crisis that has culminated in general economic conditions that are proving dire for a great many people around the world and in this country, those people … well, they’re Read More
For today’s sermon, let us return to the always popular subject, Your Dollars and Mine at Work and Play. I doubt that 1 in 10,000 of We the Taxpayers (and 0 in 535 on Capitol Hill) has a grasp of what has really been going on in the Great Geithner Giveaway, so let me lay Read More
The lengthy lead story about Lehman Brothers in the Business section of last Sunday’s Times appeared to confirm a theory I’ve been trying to put across for some time now (including to some well-known Times business writers): namely, that Lehman’s portfolio of commercial real estate assets was the real problem at that firm. I laid Read More
Last week I turned 73. In all that time (as it seems to me), I cannot recall seeing anything in a newspaper that filled me with as much disgust and outrage as this, which appeared on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times: “After Off Year, Wall Street Pay Is Bouncing Back.”
I Read More
When one looks at the financial/economic mess, one cannot help but be moved and saddened by the “collateral damage,” as functionaries call innocent bystanders killed and maimed in a terrorist or counterterrorist assault. Among the victims, start with the people who owned good stocks in 401(k) and investment accounts who’ve seen their retirement accounts down Read More
Unless I’m mistaken, it was only seven months ago that Lehman Brothers slipped beneath the waves and others of this great republic’s signature financial institutions were poised to follow—unless upwards of a trillion dollars in Public Capital were quickly transfused onto their balance sheets.
Now, suddenly, banks are talking about robust and satisfactory first-quarter Read More
Let me begin this week’s sermon by quoting from myself, from a piece I wrote for Forbes.com last October:
“Most halfway educated people know about idiots savants, people who are dyslexic, autistic or otherwise gravely impaired by ‘normal’ cognitive and psychological metrics, but who can reel off complex algorithms and theorems or intuit great Read More
Stupidity, obesity, and nudity have driven our beautiful society into the muck Read More
A trillion here, a trillion there.
A trillion for TARP, a trillion for TALF.
Throw in what’s in the “stimulus” package and you’re probably at close to $3 trillion.
So why not simply distribute $25,000, tax free, to every U.S. taxpayer? There are Read More