Tag: USA

Captain Asphalt

Quotation of the Day: “I’m Captain Asphalt.” TIMOTHY J. GILCHRIST, newly appointed stimulus czar for New York State. via Today’s Paper – New York Times. Love this. Is civil engineering going to become cool again?

Interesting econ data via Ritzholtz

Force Structure FY09 Beyond. — the armed forces wrestling with massive budget cuts. And the global manufacturing collapse — not a pretty picture. It is hard to see how we are not going to have significant unemployment issues for years.

Election thoughts

Rich, with his reflections on the recent election, has inspired me to share a few of my own personal thoughts. Like many commentators, I am inspired by the actions of the electorate, overcoming a history of bias and bigotry to […]

A SWOT Analysis On America

A SWOT Analysis On America. Don’t agree with many of the detailed points but the core idea of looking at our situation with a SWOT analysis is a good idea.  Too often as I read the papers these days, I […]

Your share of the bailouts

On the today show, the figure $900B was thrown around as the total cost of bailouts so far (Bear, Fannie and Freddie, AIG). That is about $3,000 for every citizen of the US. Congratulations! We entrusted the financial services sector […]

obama v mccain Tax Plans

chartjunk » Blog Archive » Tax Plans (that’s one for you, nineteen for me) — nice charting. i’ve done no research to understand the veracity but nice chart.

Marginal Revolution: The Return of the Zombie

Marginal Revolution: The Return of the Zombie: “The Congressional Budget Office estimates that there is only a 7% probability that someone born in 2000 will receive their Social Security benefits as promised today” I don’t think anyone in the family […]

Energy reads

* bcurtisBLOG » People are talking about water… — nice chart on where all our water goes. Only 13% for household use. A huge amount to thermoelectric power generation. * Tom Evslin on energy policy. Great points — we need […]

Brad DeLong on trade and wages

blog.pmarca.com: Brad DeLong on trade and wages — excellent articulation of the China strategy that makes sense to me — basically, lets be great friends with them. (I guess this should be our strategy in dealing with almost every nation […]

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Jhludwig's bookshelf: read

City of Saints and Madmen
Cowboy Angels
Deep State
Cleopatra: A Life
Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages
A Journey: My Political Life
The Post-Birthday World
The Hunter
This Is Not a Game
Rules of Deception
Denial of Sunlight
Sixty-One Nails
The Glass Room

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