Tag Archives: Paul Krugman

Ridding the Nation of Moral Hazard

Nothing is over until it’s over, and even if it’s over, it really isn’t over. Republicans didn’t have the votes to stop the Affordable Care Act from passing in 2010. They didn’t have the votes to repeal it in 2011. … Continue reading

Posted in Obamacare, Personal Responsibility | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Voting for Nothing

The party in power is always in trouble in the sixth year of their president’s term. They’ll lose seats in the midterm elections, and this year the Democrats will lose the Senate, and since the House is solidly Republican, and … Continue reading

Posted in American Plutocracy, Income Inequality, Midterm Elections, Voter Apathy, Voter Suppression | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Obama’s Successful Failed Presidency

Pay for Performance is a wonderful thing – those who are good at their jobs get big raises, year after year, and stick around and do even better work, because they know something will come of it. At least that’s … Continue reading

Posted in Obama's Failed Presidency | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Consequences of Work

Donald Trump seems to be perpetually surprised, and a bit angry, that every man, every real man, doesn’t want to be just like him. He is, after all, the most respected and admired man in America. Don’t tell him otherwise. … Continue reading

Posted in Jobs Crisis, Structural Changes to the Economy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Kind of Country We Want

Rude awakenings are useful. That is how we really learn. Nothing is what your thought it would be. Life slaps you in the face. What were you thinking? Snap out of it! You’re not going to be a famous jazz … Continue reading

Posted in America Need an Aristocracy, Income Inequality, Questioning Authority | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Structurally Induced Pessimism

No one ends up where they expected. All the graduate fellowships meant a career as a scholar, or at least a tenure-track position teaching English at some small liberal arts college in the middle of nowhere – but that wasn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Las Vegas Police Shootings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Making Do When Things Are Worse Than Ever

Yes, a Masters from Duke University in Eighteenth Century British Literature, and the PhD work, are pretty useless – at least they were in the mid-seventies. That led to a Dead Poet’s Society gig at a northeastern prep school, but … Continue reading

Posted in End of the American Dream, Income Inequality | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment