Carpooling is not part of a solution because it serves no ones’ “special interests”

I wrote my congressperson, naïvely thinking that a “Washington outsider” Democratic representative would be open to any options which led to a greater fuel economy (higher passenger miles per gallon) and  less energy usage.  My proposal: expand creation of HOV lanes, basically mandating 1 HOV anywhere that at least 3 lanes of limited-access highway existed.  […]

Failure to communicate

I don’t dread income tax filing because of the complexity. I dread it because I pay 2x the SSI contribution + at my highest marginal tax rate on all of my music gigs, and I dread the day that I don’t withhold enough throughout the year to offset the robbery that I experience. Obama: Get […]

What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

What does one TRILLION dollars look like?.  An interesting look at the figures being thrown around, in terms of what it would look like in the form of $100 bills. All this talk about “stimulus packages” and “bailouts”… A billion dollars… A hundred billion dollars… Eight hundred billion dollars… One TRILLION dollars… What does that […]

Will the stimulus actually stimulate? Economists say no

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 02/12/2009 | Will the stimulus actually stimulate? Economists say no: “I think (doing) nothing would have been better,” said Ed Yardeni, an investment analyst who’s usually an optimist, in an interview with McClatchy. He argued that the plan fails to provide the right incentives to spur spending. A lot of my […]