Economics https://cvining.com/ en Something For Nothing Expired Today https://cvining.com/something-nothing-expired-today <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Something For Nothing Expired Today</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/25/2011 - 09:19</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Money isn't real: it's just a mutual agreement to keep track of what we've promised to each other.  Frequent Flyer Miles are even less real.  But trading the two, until today, could get you travel around the world at no cost.</p> <p>Here's how it works.  Get one of those credit cards that gets you frequent flyer points for your purchse.  Then, go to the US Mint and buy dollar coins, charged to your credit card.  The Mint would ship you the coins for free.  You deposit the coins in your bank, pay off your credit card, and pocket the Frequent Flyer points.  Voila.  Something fo nothing.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/economics" hreflang="en">Economics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/something-nothing-expired-today" rel="tag" title="Something For Nothing Expired Today" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Something For Nothing Expired Today</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 16:19:09 +0000 cvining 743 at https://cvining.com Michael Moore Loves Capitalism https://cvining.com/michael-moore-loves-capitalism <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Michael Moore Loves Capitalism</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/29/2009 - 22:20</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Michael Moore has a new movie coming out Friday called "Capitalism: A Love Story."  NPR's Neal Conan interviews Moore on "Talk of the Nation."</p> <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113308531">http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113308531</a></p> <p>Moore has a definite point of view and usually makes some points that catch my attention.  I'll pull two quotes from this interview.</p> <p>First, Moore suggests things in the US started getting difficult "around the time of Ronald Reagan."  Here's one piece of supporting evidence.  A 2005 UCLA study titled "<a href="http://www.international.ucla.edu/research/private/article.asp?parentid=63384" target="_blank">Income and Wealth Concentration in Switzerland over the 20th Century</a>" includes this figure illustrating that around the time of Ronald Reagan the share of income of the top 0.1% income earners in the US more than tripled. The very rich suddenly got very richer:</p> <p><img alt="France, US, Switzerland" class="mceItem" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0ad04a4e-6e3c-4db7-9020-72c191487b6e" height="369" src="/sites/cvining.com/files/inline-images/Wealth.jpg" title="Concentration in Wealth" width="500" loading="lazy" /></p> <p></div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/economics" hreflang="en">Economics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/michael-moore-loves-capitalism" rel="tag" title="Michael Moore Loves Capitalism" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Michael Moore Loves Capitalism</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 30 Sep 2009 05:20:15 +0000 cvining 523 at https://cvining.com Phillip Swagel: Worst Government Spokesman Ever https://cvining.com/phillip-swagel-worst-government-spokesman-ever <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Phillip Swagel: Worst Government Spokesman Ever</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/04/2008 - 14:45</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Talk about nervous.  Assistant Treasury Secretary Phillip Swagel seems to have been the only guy in town the other day after the latest bad employment report came out.  So he had to give the press conference.  Watch the video associated with the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/03/AR2008070303317.html" target="_blank">Washington Post column by Dana Milbank.</a>  Couldn't have been more nervous if he was 16 at his first job interview.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/economics" hreflang="en">Economics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/phillip-swagel-worst-government-spokesman-ever" rel="tag" title="Phillip Swagel: Worst Government Spokesman Ever" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Phillip Swagel: Worst Government Spokesman Ever</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 04 Jul 2008 21:45:13 +0000 cvining 131 at https://cvining.com Now THAT's Money! https://cvining.com/now-thats-money <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Now THAT&#039;s Money!</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 03/17/2007 - 07:44</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><article data-align="center"> <div class="media-library-item__preview js-media-library-item-preview"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-thumbnail field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/cvining.com/files/styles/medium/public/2022-03/large_206million.jpg?itok=Zh7_VlqV" width="180" height="180" alt="Money" loading="lazy" class="image-style-medium" /> </div> </div></div></div></div></div></article></div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/economics" hreflang="en">Economics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/now-thats-money" rel="tag" title="Now THAT&#039;s Money!" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Now THAT&#039;s Money!</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 17 Mar 2007 14:44:24 +0000 cvining 51 at https://cvining.com Deficit and the Budget Poster https://cvining.com/deficit-and-budget-poster <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Deficit and the Budget Poster</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 01/16/2007 - 05:27</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/15/AR2007011501085.html" target="_blank" title="Burden Set to Shift On Balanced Budget">Washington Post article today</a> anticipates Bush will call for a balanced budget by 2012 in his upcoming State of the Union address. Many are called but few are balanced.</p> <p>A sidebar shows a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2007/01/16/GR2007011600047.html" target="_blank" title="Federal Deficit">figure from the OMB</a> indicating the current deficit is not so large by historical standards, only -1.8% of the gross domestic product. The WWII (with a peak of -30%!) and the Reagan years were much worse.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/economics" hreflang="en">Economics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/deficit-and-budget-poster" rel="tag" title="Deficit and the Budget Poster" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Deficit and the Budget Poster</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 16 Jan 2007 13:27:29 +0000 cvining 46 at https://cvining.com Nobel Prize in Economics is for apes throwing their own feces https://cvining.com/nobel-prize-economics-apes-throwing-their-own-feces <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Nobel Prize in Economics is for apes throwing their own feces</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/23/2006 - 12:20</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Stephen Colbert: “Do they give a Noble Prize for throwing your own feces?”</p> <p>Dr. Peter Agre: “That's the Economics prize.”</p> <p> - Oct. 19, 2006 episode of the <a href="http://www.colbertnation.com/?p=339">Colbert Report</a></p> <p>Note: <a href="http://www.sefora.org/pages.php?submitted=1&amp;id=95">Doctor Peter Agre</a> won the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and offered to trade it (his Nobel Prize Medal) for two weeks hosting the Colbert Report. Agre is also a member of <a href="http://www.sefora.org"></a>Scientists and Engineers for America, an activist organization concerned with the role of science in government decision-making.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/economics" hreflang="en">Economics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/nobel-prize-economics-apes-throwing-their-own-feces" rel="tag" title="Nobel Prize in Economics is for apes throwing their own feces" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Nobel Prize in Economics is for apes throwing their own feces</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 23 Oct 2006 19:20:54 +0000 cvining 23 at https://cvining.com Housing Boom & Bust https://cvining.com/housing-boom-bust <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Housing Boom &amp; Bust</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/30/2006 - 11:51</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The NY Times ran an article the other day on the home value bubble, the gist being that home prices really are way up: </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/economics" hreflang="en">Economics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/housing-boom-bust" rel="tag" title="Housing Boom &amp; Bust" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Housing Boom &amp; Bust</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 30 Aug 2006 18:51:26 +0000 cvining 16 at https://cvining.com Ken Lay is Alive! https://cvining.com/ken-lay-alive <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ken Lay is Alive!</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/11/2006 - 05:44</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a href="http://kenlayisalive.org/">http://kenlayisalive.org/</a></p> <p>The website byline speaks for itself: "A website devoted to tracking the whereabouts of the former Enron CEO."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/economics" hreflang="en">Economics</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/ken-lay-alive" rel="tag" title="Ken Lay is Alive!" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Ken Lay is Alive!</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 11 Jul 2006 12:44:46 +0000 cvining 9 at https://cvining.com