Esrati on the Economy

Amazon is not the bad guy in sales tax fight

When state legislatures across the country started trying to solve their budget woes- they looked for a scapegoat for their dropping sales tax collections and found Amazon. But before you blame Amazon, try looking at the insane sales tax laws we have in Ohio- and I’m sure are duplicated in other states: different sales tax Read More

Funny, the description of Jordan sounds just like here.

It’s time Americans paid attention to our future- as played out in the Arab republics. While we wave the flag and claim ourselves a “democracy” there is very little democratic process in our elections which generally provide power to the highest bidder. How we have a congress full of millionaires is one of the mysteries Read More

Speculation rules on cotton changed- why not everything else?

The price of gas just jumped. No real reason, Egypt isn’t really a factor in our oil markets, but- speculators are and at least one exchange said enough is enough. You’ve heard of Egyptian cotton right? And although there is no proof in disruption to the cotton industry yet- speculators have had a field day Read More

It’s time to reevaluate what working for the city means

The old joke goes, “What are the nine most feared words in the English language? ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ ” What does having a government job mean? It would seem for most of the workers that we the people employ- that they have a guaranteed job for life, with “lower Read More

Economic recovery will fail with gas over $3 a gallon: investigate

Retailers just reported a bounce in holiday sales that were actually over what they were pre-meltdown. The very same day- the price of gasoline shoots up to $3.20 a gallon. If the oil companies had any sense, they’d realize that by gouging now, we’ll end up with more people declaring bankruptcy again, prices on everything Read More

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