Archive for the ‘The Papers’ Category

Sunday’s Papers

August 19th, 2012

A couple of pieces of interest from the Sunday papers: –A common, but very bad mistake. The WaPo writes: Ryan’s plan leaves Medicare benefits untouched for current retirees but, over time, would shift the program from an open-ended guarantee of care to a capped payment to seniors for them to use to purchase private insurance…. Read more


August 13th, 2012

Parade Magazine, which I faithfully thumb through each weekend, has an excellent piece up right now that OTE’ers and everyone else who likes an elegant solution to tough problems will very much appreciate.  No, it’s not Jennifer A’s engagement, though you can read about that up there too.  It this piece on rebuilding America’s schools…. Read more

Ryan and the Poor: YOYO vs. WITT

August 12th, 2012

Note this excerpt from an NYT editorial this AM on the impact of Ryan’s budget on vulnerable families: More than three-fifths of the cuts proposed by Mr. Ryan…come from programs for low-income Americans. That means billions of dollars lost for job training for the displaced, Pell grants for students and food stamps for the hungry…. Read more

Scattershots from the Road

July 17th, 2012

Quick road trip in progress so just a few scattered impressions from the hotel room, and pre-coffee so I can’t be held accountable. Econowatch: Yesterday’s retail sales numbers were a concern because there’s a negative trend there — see figure — over the last quarter (April, May, June) which corresponds to the slower growth in… Read more

Doesn’t the Tea Party Go On Bike Rides?

June 30th, 2012

As someone who often inveighs against the dysfunction Congress, I should tip my hat when they actually, you know…do stuff. Yesterday, they managed to pass the transportation bill and the student loan extension.   From the NYT: The transportation legislation extends federal highway, rail and transit programs for 27 months, authorizing $120 billion in spending, financed… Read more