Esrati on the Economy

You’ve heard about businesses, big and small, threatening to move workers to part-time so as to avoid having to pay for Obamacare. Big business claiming that they can’t afford to pay for having full-time healthy workers, ones who are more likely to show up for work on time because they weren’t up all night with […]

Photo Credit: JD Hancock via CompfightThe reason Mitt Romney pays so little income tax is that he makes most of his money from investments. This is supposed to be a way to “incentivize” investment. So he invests in companies that supposedly create jobs and spread the wealth around. Mitt is most definitely part of the […]

If you wonder how our military budget is the largest in the world, it’s because politicians get involved protecting their babies. In the world of military programs all politicians are decidedly pro-life if they have a piece of it in their state. The C-27 is an attempt at a smaller version of the venerable C-130 […]

The news about the economy is good (according to Nan Whaley and Matt Joseph and national statistics) with very modest job growth. But the real question is what kind of jobs are we creating? I have a friend with a terminal degree in his field, working two jobs, one at Wright State, another at UD […]

Today, the Dayton Daily News “investigative team” let you know the bad news: dropping property values means you will need to pay more taxes to support the schools and public services funded by property taxes. This is how the Republicans in Congress can claim “no new taxes” from them- they pass the pain to local […]

No matter where you live in OH-10, you have had it happen. A neighbor loses their job (GM, NCR, Iams, the list goes on) or a family member gets a terminal disease, or gas prices go up to $4 a gallon and begin the slow process toward foreclosure. The banks refuse to renegotiate the loan, […]

It’s time to stop the lies. It’s time to stop legitimizing the commodities traders’ main weapons- fear and disinformation. In fact, it’s time to end the trading of commodities by anyone who doesn’t actually take delivery of whatever it is that they are manipulating prices on. If you don’t buy and use jet fuel- you […]

I believe the first thing we need to do if we want to have the representation we deserve, is change the way we elect Congress. We have to change our auctions for office into elections. There are two parts to leveling the playing field and balancing the power of the Congress with the power of […]

Last night, around 6o South Park neighbors got together at Hope Lutheran Church for our annual “Hot Toddy” party- food, desserts, alcohol, kids, a raffle for some amazing gift baskets and South Park Family Feud game- where the survey said: we’ve built a pretty special neighborhood. South Park is reportedly one of only a few […]

Last night the president placated Republicans by throwing them a tax break they couldn’t resist, cut a few points off the payroll taxes. The idea is to stimulate the economy by putting more cash in working people’s hands. But, this is just a temporary fix, and it doesn’t do much to change the real financial […]