The Immoral American Economy

There are some mistakes so ridiculous and so deadly that only experts can make them.  That's happening now, every time some economist or policy wonk or government official or business "leader" comes up with some new plan to bail out the economy or some new rationale for keeping the status quo.  For today's economic crisis is the product of a moral self-delusion.  And neither Adam Smith's invisible hand nor all the upturned palms of corporate America nor all the fists in government can solve it. ...more

Lessons from a Mompreneur

Hi!  I am an up-and-coming blogger Mom who has some fascinating ideas to share with my audience!  My four children are all employees of Kammerzell Ltd., which is our home business.  What do we sell?  Well, nothing!  This is actually a self-contained home improvement business that I started while trying to come up with better ways for my children to receive their allowances.  Gone are the days where they get money "just because they need it."  Most of their necessities are comvered, but they still yearn for money of their own.  My older daughter does babysit a little, but for ...more

Bloggers voice serious concerns about Obama's tax plan

The other day I happened upon a fantastic post that Lizzi at The Bitten Word published regarding Barack Obama’s tax plan, something that has been worrying conservative bloggers (like Ally) across the Web. Lizzi (like my husband and myself), is a small business owner. ...more

Currently, if you are paid disability insurance due to sickness, the taxability of it depends on ...more

Of socialism, racism, and honest discussion

When you say “socialism,” several things come to mind. The first are the most famous socialists of them all, Germany’s National Socialist party of yore, the goose-stepping Nazis who carved a deep wound into the fleshy world psyche. The second is Mussolini. I also think of the current Spanish government. Then I think of my cruel first grade teacher who once caught me with a bag of candy corn that I brought to school as a lunch snack (that I paid for with my own money). She made me distribute it evenly to every kid in my class “to be fair.” ...more

Hi imperfect parent,

Sorry about the delay in getting this posted. I put all the information ...more

October 26 You Are Invited to Beyond Hockey Moms and Palin Politics with Laura Flanders

I will be speaking at this event.  Should be a lot of fun.  ...more

Looking for input on the economy for radio show

Hey there .. we're on the local radio station this Wednesday and they've asked us to talk about the state of the economy.  It is a streaming show and we'd love to pick a few comments to talk about on the air (and of course if we choose your comment, we'll give your blog a shout out".  So take a minute to check it out and let us know your thoughts be sure to give us your blog name in the link too. Here's the post:   ...more

Update on the Subprime Poetry Crisis

At the launch of the 2008 Best American Poetry anthology, Charles Bernstein announced an unprecedented ...more

The Political Psychology of Drugs

The Political Psychology of Drugs Psychiatrists and psychologists are a lot like children.  They exult upon discovering the obvious, gleefully assume that nobody else ever knew it before, construct entire worldviews based upon their unique insights, then happily inflict them on the rest of us.  Most of the time, you just want to smile, pat them on the head and croon, "That's nice, dear."  But every so often-like children telling truths and asking question the grownups don't want to consider-it's wise to listen. ...more

The Political Psychology of Debt

The Political Psychology of Debt This essay was inspired by the master colorist Lisa Souza and the great beauty of her handspun yarns. America is becoming a vast, open-air debtors' prison and the walls are going up all around us.  Unless the process is reversed, this metaphorical prison will soon enclose nearly all of us...and become as real as the bricks and stones of debtors' prisons of centuries past. ...more

Who Do I Trust on the Economy?

Why, the economists of course. Read these two articles, back to back and tell me what you think. I think that I'd still never vote for Palin (the re-incarnate of Dick Cheney) for anything, but I also wish we had more major political parties. ...more

Loved it and was completely amused by the survey. All of the men in academia (I'm betting most ...more