An Honorable Defeat

February 4th, 2013
... a picture of the participants: Davis unwilling to see the reality of the southern defeat, Benjamin a sycophantic toady, and Breckinridge of one purpose - get the confederacy to admit defeat as soon as possible. more »

more on why I won't walk the line

January 14th, 2013
So I made that suggestion, that the union should negotiate a conversion from the one-size-fits-all approach into a system that could be tailored for each individual member. more »

why I won't walk the line

January 10th, 2013
The recent news includes more stories about how Boeing's engineering uniion, SPEEA, is planning on conducting a strike if they can't get the company to agree to their contract terms. more »


December 28th, 2012
I listen to a few podcasts, when I'm driving or walking around the city, doing laundry or working in the yard. Among them I find econtalk to be informative and engaging, due in part to the in-depth and calm discourse of the interview format between the diverse assortment of guests and host Russ Roberts. more »

stimulus theory and practice on econtalk

December 27th, 2012
Theory and practice for those considering the benefit of stimulus programs. This edition of EconTalk (Ramey on Stimulus and Multipliers) discusses the empirical studies that have been performed related to computing the economic "multiplier" more »

The Hobbit, coming to film

November 26th, 2012
One detail I wonder how the film will handle is that of the finding of the One Ring. more »

the country club

November 18th, 2012
The "country club" analogy argues that the bad things in the social order are the price we must pay to live in the society. more »

my 2012 ballot - Washington initiatives

November 4th, 2012
With a couple days remaining before the election, here is the rationale for my votes on various initiatives on the ballot in Washington. more »

A question on spending reduction

November 3rd, 2012
Take away the option to purchase government securities and the question turns again to how that money ends up being spent. more »

my 2012 election ballot - for president, Gary Johnson

October 21st, 2012
For the issues of the election, comparing Gary Johnson with either Mitt Romney or the incumbent Barack Obama quickly shows Johnson to offer significantly better policy stances across the spectrum, but I will focus on what seemed responsible for Barack Obama winning his first term in 2008 - war, the military, and foreign policy. more »