Archive for the ‘The Papers’ Category

Today’s Papers: Gas Prices and Simpson/Bowles II

February 20th, 2013

Random observations re political economy from the broadsheets: –Steve Mufson provides a useful account of what’s going on with gas prices.  Sometimes gas price spikes have obvious causes—like a geo-politically driven supply disruption—and sometimes, like now, it’s a bit harder to nail down what’s driving the spike.  Mufson reports that the current spike is a:… Read more

More on Retirement (In)Security

January 15th, 2013

Important piece by Mike Fletcher in this AMs WaPo that strongly amplifies points I stressed here the other day. The Post reports that more workers, financially stressed by cash flows that fall short of their family budgets, are turning to early withdrawals from their 401(k)’s: More than one in four American workers with 401(k) and… Read more

Today’s Papers: Defense Spending, Health Insurance Ain’t a Normal Market, and Romney’s Truthiness

November 6th, 2012

A few pieces in the papers today on themes near and dear to the OTE heart. First, while Gov. Romney’s proposed increase in defense spending became an important Obama talking point, the fact is that the military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned about remains alive and well, as discussed compellingly here.  One point the author… Read more