I support the House Select Committee on the January 6th, because I want to understand how it happened and how recurrences can be prevented. One outcome is that the Committee determines former President Trump was responsible and refers the matter to the Justice Department, who brings him to trial, where he is convicted and affirmed … Continue reading Starved for Oxygen
The Flinchum FileThoughtful Economic Analysis and Existential Opinions
My latest column for Inside Business lives here: https://www.pilotonline.com/inside-business/vp-ib-expert-flinchum-0117-20220114-pxhw3vwrp5gsbgcksy3spnlayi-story.html
Many years ago, I was fortunate to work with an older lady, who fasted every Friday – no breakfast, no lunch, and no dinner. Most of us assumed she did this as part of a weight management program, but one day she added that “self-control is just another muscle that gets weak without exercise.” Ten … Continue reading Just Another Muscle
Like most people, when I watched last year’s riot/demonstration/insurrection on January 6th, I was shocked and heartbroken. However, as I watched news coverage of the first anniversary, I recalled the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968, when massive riots broke out in Washington. I was stationed at Fort Bragg, where we were quickly put … Continue reading 1968 and 2021
Trying to read somebody’s mind, especially their intentions, is a fool’s errand . . . but here goes anyway! Jerry Powell is head of the Federal Reserve System, which is the only agency with the duty to control inflation. He knows his predecessors have proved that raising interest rates will lower the inflation rate and … Continue reading Mind Game ?
Like the pandemic, inflation seems to have appeared suddenly. First, there was the sudden increase in government spending last year to combat the virus. Second, there was a similar increase in the money supply by the Fed for the same reason. Both examples energized “demand-pull” inflation. In addition, supply chain problems increased costs. Plus, the … Continue reading Push – Pull
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