Category Archives: Politics

Are Boomers Crowding Out Tomorrow’s Workforce?

I’ve come across a few articles discussing the idea that the older workers are, or are not, taking jobs from the young.  I find this discussion interesting and one I want to ponder over a bit. The first is one from … Continue reading

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U.S. Employment Level & Baby Boomers: What Comes After Act IV?

The Baby Boom generation is a topic that can yield volumes of data and discussion.  As a group, they comprise a roughly 76 million strong explosion of the U.S. population that was born between 1946 and 1964.  In the aggregate, … Continue reading

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The Fed Continues Monetary Policy of ‘Accommodation’

The Federal Reserve has just announced that it will continue its policy of purchasing $85 billion worth of mortgage backed securities and Treasury securities each month.  Perhaps I was too optimistic but I was expecting the Fed to announce the … Continue reading

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Democracy and Its Discontents

David Brooks of the New York Times just wrote an interesting piece about the political problems facing the United States and the European Union.  He writes that both the U.S. and the European Union are facing a situation where two political … Continue reading

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Offshore Tax Havens: A Good Time to Reconsider

The Times reports today that France has obtained a list of 3,000 account holders at Swiss banks.  This is only days after France and Switzerland reached an agreement to exchange information on French citizens who hold Swiss bank accounts.  Just … Continue reading

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Using Credit Checks for Employee Screening – Slippery Slope

The Times and NPR have written recently about employers using credit checks as an additional means to screen potential new hires.  I’ve heard about these on rare occasion but it seems that a trend may be developing whereby one’s personal … Continue reading

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Bailing out the Big 3

I am sure others have noticed by now that the discussion about bailing out our Big 3 auto firms reliably ends up with GM being the focus of attention. I think there is something to be said about this. It … Continue reading

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