I’ve always wanted to be Superman – you know, “Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!” Unfortunately, I didn’t look good wearing tights and accepted that harsh reality. The new UK Prime Minister is Liz Truss, and we wish her well, but I … Continue reading A Bad Time for Good Medicine ?
The Flinchum FileThoughtful Economic Analysis and Existential Opinions
Let’s see . . . the stock is way down, the economy is suffering, both inflation and interest rates are soaring, the world is sinking into debt, a deranged world leader is threatening to use nukes, and the news media relentlessly reports wars and other pleasantries. Who can sleep with all that happening? You should! … Continue reading Reasons To Sleep
When I was still young enough to know everything, I loved the concept of democracy. Sure, lots of people have argued that we are a republic, not a democracy, but that is a difference without significance in America. Authoritarian forms of government are too repugnant to even consider. Likewise, the constitutional monarchies like the United … Continue reading Next . . .
Unfortunately, today’s release of the Producer Price Index confirmed yesterday’s Consumer Price Index. Prices are still going up, although not as rapidly as before. On a year-over-year basis, consumer prices went up 8.3%, while producer prices went up 8.7% – both more than expected! We are already experiencing a mild recession, which suggests a “soft-landing”. … Continue reading Wrong Direction
Oh, what a difference one-fifth on one percent makes . . . . immediately knocking 600 points off the Dow and making three-quarters of one percent increase in interest costs later this month a virtual certainty. This morning, the CPI report for August was issued, showing it increased 0.1% instead of decreasing 0.1%, for a … Continue reading Which Direction?
Do you think poor people are poor because they are lazy? If so, what percentage? What percentage are just plain stupid? What percentage are emotional refugees? As a former Texan, I enjoy reading former Senator Phil Gramm (R – TX) whenever I can, and he had a recent opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, … Continue reading Updating Best Intentions
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