Political Economy category archive
At the Portland Press-Herald, Judith Foster sums up the essence of “personal liberty” as defined by today’s Republican Party. A snippet; follow the link for the complete article.
Methinks that the writer of a letter to the editor of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer makes a good point.
I am reminded of what Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., once said.
In a letter to the editor of the Newark Star-Ledger, a doctor explains how “Medicare Acvantage” plans work to the advantage of insurance companies, but not to that of anyone else.
Being of a certain age, we have been tormented by a torrent of spam phone calls during this “Medicare Open Enrollment” period. And all the callers seem to read from the same script.
I blush to say that I an no longer able to respond to them with courtesy.
Actually, Republicans’ plan is simple.
Make the poor poorer and the rich richer.
Professor Richard Wolff suggests that the Fed’s actions to control inflation are misguided, ignore the influence of monopoly, and may be leading us down a road to stagflation. An excerpt from Professor Wolff’s comments:
Prices in this economy are set in this economy by employers. Less than one percent of the American people are employers. All their basic decisions . . . are to be governed by how that action impacts the bottom line. Why do what imflation? Because employers raise the prices.
Robert Reich calls out the con. A snippet:
Trickle-down economics is a cruel joke. The so-called “free market” has been distorted by huge campaign contributions from the ultra-rich. Don’t lionize the ultra-rich as superior “self-made” human beings who deserve their billions. They were lucky and had connections.
In reality, there’s no justification for today’s extraordinary concentration of wealth at the very top. It’s distorting our politics, rigging our markets, and granting unprecedented power to a handful of people.
Follow the link for his reasoning.
Sam suggests that the Federal Reserve’s response to the current spike in inflation in the U. S. is based on economic theories that don’t apply in the current situation and may therefore make the situation worse.
Thom talks with Dr. Stephanie Kelton about the many myths and falsehoods about how government finances work and how the pearl-clutching about government deficits is a misdirection play.
Thom and David Corn discuss the Republican Party’s decades long descent into extremism.
A couple of days ago, I mentioned that I think the “Great Resignation” is more myth than movement. Now comes Laura Yuen, who argues at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that “Quiet Quitting” is much the same. Here’s a bit of what she says (emphasis added):
The problem with the concept of quiet quitting is that we’re all starting from different places. Burned-out perfectionists may choose to dial back their efforts from a 10 to a 7, and still manage to be the kind of high-performing colleagues or bosses who attract and inspire talent. The people who were never pulling their weight will adopt this term to slack off even more, making more messes for their teams, all under the guise of self-care.
The framing is also objectionable. Are setting professional boundaries and prioritizing your family, your relationships or your health really “quitting”? If you are performing all of your work duties, the very bullet points listed in your job description, how is that akin to not doing your job?
Read the rest. It is worth your while in these times when memes seem to obliterate evidence and tweets trump (you will pardon the expression) truth.
Jim Hightower has a suggestion for executives who are concerned about the “great resignation” (which methinks is more myth than movement, but that’s just me). Here’s a bit of his article (emphasis added):
Given the historic continuum of executive-suite disdain for working stiffs, it’s no surprise that the top dogs are still blaming “sluggish” workers for today’s rampant job dissatisfaction. But it’s both hilarious and pathetic that high-dollar bosses are so inept at employee relations that they can’t keep the rank and file on the job, much less keep them quasi-happy. . . . .
Seriously? Memo to CEOs: Try decent pay and benefits, rational scheduling, meaningful goals, real teamwork and personal respect. In a word: Dignity.
Via the Progressive Populist.
Republicans, abetted by a complicit news media that values furor over fact, want to blame President Biden for the current hike in prices in the United States. (Of course, Republicans want to blame everything on President Biden, because blame and fear are their only weapons.)
University of Nebraska Omaha Professor Christopher Decker points out that this recent inflation is a world-wide phenomenon influenced by events well beyond the control of any one person, regardless of what office he or she might hold. Here’s a bit of his article; I commend the rest of it to your attention.
Meanwhile, annual inflation in Germany and the U.K. — countries with comparable economies — ran nearly as high: 7.5% and 8.2%, respectively, for the 12 months ending in June 2022. In Spain, inflation has hit 10%.
It might seem like U.S. policies brought on this predicament, but economists like me doubt it because inflation is spiking everywhere, with few exceptions. Rates averaged 9.65% in the 38 largely wealthy countries that belong to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development through May 2022.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Nuala Walsh explores the much over-hyped not-so-great resignation. She makes three main points:
- Many reports of the “Great Resignation” have circulated, panicking employers and fueling employees.
- This has not materialized at the scale expected, with momentum and motivation now slowing.
- Employers can stop panicking, as most employees are unlikely to resign in mass volumes.
Follow the link for a detailed exporation of each one.
The writer of a letter to the editor of the Kansas City Star talks cents.
(Broken link fixed.)