Hey, What’d I Miss? OTE Summary, 1/15 – 1/22

January 22nd, 2013 at 6:14 pm
  • Considering the President’s second inaugural speech — and the mismatch between aspirations and budgets in politics.
  • An inequality roundup:  highlighting the debate over what’s driving inequality, delving into whether inequality stifles or promotes growth, and illustrating the inequality staircase.
  • Noting that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is up and running and implement cool stuff, and why we should be glad about it.
  • Analyzing a three-month extension on the debt ceiling:  why it’d be a whole lot better to put down the head-banging hammer and get focus on the economy for a change.
  • Looking at how wonks get snarky.
  • Pointing to a new OTE video:  Ross Eisenbrey, VP of the Economic Policy Institute, came over to talk to me about the recent passage of so-called Right-To-Work legislation in Michigan.
  • Arguing that infrastructure is the deficit we should be talking about.
  • Considering recent deficit hysteria and why we should take a measured look at what more it would take to stabilize the debt.
  • Explaining the “retirement security stool,” and that the latter two of its three legs (Social Security, pensions, and savings) are especially wobbly.

Bonus:  highlighting the relationship between the Medieval plague and a shortage of labor.



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One comment in reply to "Hey, What’d I Miss? OTE Summary, 1/15 – 1/22"

  1. R. Nemo says:

    I choose the plague option. It was democratic! killing off rich and poor alike and standards of living for all rose in the aftermath. Great way to beat inequality! Worked once; might work again? I am sure Paul Ryan is thinking about it too…

    Besides, most people’s lives are boring and mundane today just like in them olden days! Human suffering is the staple of existence and a trip to Disneyland won’t fix that. Nor will a Terminator 5 movie! Or FOX news.

    So lets do it the natural way! “Ring around the rosie, pocket full of posie, we all fall down!”