Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

Just Some Musings On Immigration

I haven’t written much about the immigration reform effort not for a lack of interest, but rather because I found myself adrift with respect to which direction I thought it should take. Generally, I favor “solving” the issue of 11 million or so people who have entered this country illegally and work and live here. […]

Exiting GM

So the government has decided to at least partially sell off its interests in GM. It announced it will sell 200 million of the 500 million shares it owns at a price of $27.50 per share. It initially invested $49 billion  in the company and with the sale will have recouped about $34 billion. Whether […]

Just Sigh

This is where you end up when you forsake serious governance in favor of all politics all of the time. Rep. Maxine Waters will serve as the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, despite a past ethics investigation and a history of questionable fundraising. I never thought I would miss Barney Frank, the […]

Obama’s Headwinds

I’m not really much for predicting Presidential elections, particularly this far out, and I usually don’t spend a lot of time following tea leaf readers. So, take this from James Pethokoukis for what it’s worth: But if Obama wins four more years with this economy, it will be almost as historic as his win in […]

Greece: Deferring Resolution

If you want a good synopsis of the Greek bailout plan, read Felix’s post. If you want some quick analysis, try Tyler Cowen. From the early days of the subprime meltdown we have heard over and over again that the solution to what ails us is deleveraging. From the early days, the preferred solution of […]

Deal Or No Deal On the Debt Ceiling?

This will be the first and last post I produce on the ongoing negotiations over the debt ceiling. That’s not to say that I might not have some thoughts on the eventual deal (there will be one) but the level of bloviation has reached levels that are beginning to annoy me. Case in point are […]

Letting Light Shine On Campaign Contributions

Ezra Klein and Norman Ornstein have taken the GOP establishment as well as the Wall Street Journal to task for their opposition to the proposed executive order requiring the disclosure of political contributions by companies doing business with the federal government. The charge they level is hypocrisy. They have a point. Republicans, the WSJ and […]