I recently suggested a national infrastructure program to repair, insulate, and green the nation’s public schools. As described here, this is a “dialable” concept that could go from meeting the maintenance backlog to more ambitious retrofits and technology upgrades. Now I’ve even got a name for it, Fix America’s Schools Today, or FAST. I think… Read more
That’s where I am today, giving a presentation on the importance of manufacturing in the US and what to do about it. (I’ll post my slides once I figure out how to do so…I know, very un-Netrootsy, but hey, gimme a break…I’m over 50…at least I’m here!) Figured it out! Here they are. Key points:… Read more
When it comes to jobs and the macroeconomy, one thing you want to be worrying about right now is fiscal contraction—the fading of fiscal policies that have been helping to stimulate growth. (Oh yeah…and that debt ceiling stuff too.) There’s a good bit of it–fiscal brake pedaling–baked in the cake including the fading of the… Read more
Pulled from comments: “By the way, I am a small business owner (less than 50 employees), and demand for products IS the most important factor in my hiring of employees, not all this other stuff. If no one’s buying I’m not going to hire, period.” OK, it’s a small sample, but there it is.
We were having a decent discussion on the Larry Kudlow show tonight when Larry and Ron Kruszewski had to go all taxes and regulations on me. I’ve always thought that neither the logic nor evidence provided much support for that claim, especially compared to…oh, I don’t know…the worst demand slump since the Great Depression! When… Read more