Watching TV Through Apps

Watching TV Through Apps

As I write this, I’m watching TV. Or am I? I’m not so sure anymore. I’m watching a philosophy lecture (sorry) on a Sony smart TV that I bought last year. But I’m not watching the Philosophy Channel—no, even in our age of hundreds of TV channels, there isn’t one of...
‘Tis the Season for PITFA

‘Tis the Season for PITFA

‘Tis the season when Congress is forced to get around to doing things members were supposed to do months ago. The season of expiring tax provisions, appropriations not yet appropriated, and yet another (yawn) false threat of a government shutdown. This is getting old....
Don’t Bother with myRA

Don’t Bother with myRA

Last week, the Treasury Department rolled out the new myRA retirement accounts with almost no fanfare. And it’s easy to see why: The myRA is a retirement savings policy embarrassment. The myRA is touted as a safe, easy, affordable savings plan for workers. The...
This Is Not Full Employment

This Is Not Full Employment

You may be victimized today by those who are either economically ignorant or purposefully deceitful into thinking that good employment news was released today. In fact, you might even hear that the Federal Reserve has at last achieved one of its policy mandates of...
Backsliding on Spending Restraint

Backsliding on Spending Restraint

One of the few bright spots in U.S. domestic policy is that the federal budget deficit is falling. In fact, in 2015, the budget deficit will be the lowest of the Obama years, falling to $468 billion. Compare this low to President Obama’s historic $1.4 trillion budget...