Tag Archives: economics

On Money

Money is something we take for granted, but economics is complicated and it’s not as intuitive as it seems. I’m no economist, my background is engineering, but since I’ve been blogging on politics I’ve realized that misconceptions about money and … Continue reading

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Major Economic Oops!

Who was right and who was wrong about the Great Recession and how to deal with it, Republicans or Democrats?  Henry Blodget has an opinion on that, an opinion buttressed with facts. Blodget is a former senior equity research analyst … Continue reading

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The Dismal Truth

Economics, the “dismal science”, is at the heart of our national political distress these days.  Each party has its version of what is right, but is either one what is best?  It isn’t, I know it isn’t, and on my … Continue reading

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Ready For A Little Test?

A classmate of mine recently sent me a link to an interesting and fairly short “civic literacy” test. It is sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), a conservative educational non-profit organization founded by, among others, William F. Buckley. It’s … Continue reading

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Said The Tortoise to the Hare

Who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks? Last fall I got tired of listing to my iPod playlist while working out at the Y and learned to download pod-casts to listen to. My favorites include Car Talk, Garrison Keillor, … Continue reading

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What Role, Government?

When human beings were hunter-gatherers living in small tribes, life was simple.  There was no need for the concept of money and possessions were limited to what one could carry – tools, weapons, animal skins, maybe some crockery. This state … Continue reading

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A Chicken Solution

Economics has dominated the Joplin Globe blogs and other media lately, especially since the debt-ceiling crisis. The debt crisis is not over, of course. The Congressional SuperCommittee consists of partisan hardliners for the most part and is unlikely to come … Continue reading

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What’s It All About?

My current study interest is economics, so here is an economics question for you.  Is there “good” economic activity as opposed to “bad”?  Does the quality of economic activity matter?  As the “wealthiest” nation in the world, are we getting … Continue reading

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Flip That Bank!

In political blogging about the Great Recession it is a common thread to find someone or something to blame.  Amidst all the mud-slinging and counter-arguing the easiest thing for the beleaguered voter to do is to blame the president.  He … Continue reading

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American Dream, Dismal Science

Economics is sometimes called “The Dismal Science”, and for good reason.  One president, Harry S Truman, kept getting evasive and contradictory advice from an economist who kept offering alternatives with his advice.  After almost every assertion the professor would then … Continue reading

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