Maiello: Where Your Tax Dollars Go
Doc Cleveland: Copyright vs. Truth
I was having a discussion with my mother the other day concerning military spending and when it really began to explode. She thought WWI. I was no so sure since it was low until FDR was in office and I know he increased it considerably prior to our entry into WWII. From just before WWII until the present military IE defense spending has been one of the biggest parts - if not THE biggest part of the budget.  [Read more]
There has been quite a bit of discussion lately on what is wrong with the system and what needs to be changed. Liz Berry has suggested in her current blog that the problem is political, that both political parties are indistinguishable and that a third party would fix this. I agree with her assessment but have serious doubts about the cure. Jeffroby has suggested organization of the poor and middle class for some political muscle. And I agree with the organization part though I do not agree with the political part. And OhioGringo sites Robert Reich on the WPA and CCC - government spending.
When I was in Jr. High there was a fad. It was called Nosy Books. Usually a legal pad they we passed around and in which we wrote down sill little things about ourselves. We now currently have the high tech version of this called Twitter. Now I will admit that it has played an important roll in certain situations as a communications medium. However I cannot help but wonder how it can have any positive effect on our cultural discourse to broadcast every little detail of ones life and/or physiology to the entire world. [Read more]
Greece is once again rioting over the austerity cuts and the unemployment situation here is worse than the depression of the 1930s.
Capitalism as a way to trade goods and services - which it is in it's most basic form - works pretty well in certain situations. Just look in any school cafeteria. You will see goods and services traded like crazy. And it anyone tries to cheat the system, they are generally dealt with - usually on the play ground.
And in most societies and countries for a long time this was pretty much the case. Where it did break down, it was caused either by some unforeseen natural occurrence - crop failures and the like - or because a few people got greedy and these were eventually dealt with. Sometimes quite brutally.
Well the administration has given the same old BS about the economy vis-a-vis jobs trying to spin it in a positive manner. Will we ever get the truth about what is going on ? I seriously doubt it. But here is an oped I came across recently that does.