Monthly Archives: September 2013

Same War, Different Country

As I wrote yesterday, “Syria may officially be a nation-state, but it is not a people.” Thomas Friedman in the New York Times riffs on that theme across the whole of the Middle East and North Africa in Same War, … Continue reading

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Syria

Some in the United States are proposing entering another civil war.  And spending taxpayer dollars to kill and destroy with very little likelihood of making the world a better place.  Following the money shows that most of those in Congress … Continue reading

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Paying Cash Bypasses Wall Street

Since most credit card issuers are also investment banks, using cash keeps the fees merchants pay (typically 2%) plus any interest and late fees away from Wall Street.  Where you spend your cash also counts. In the polls—one person, one … Continue reading

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‘Back to school?’ Why it pays to stay home

‘Back to school?’ Why it pays to stay home by David Weidner on MarketWatch.com updates the economics of getting a degree using loans—for the borrower/student, the lenders, the government and by extension, the taxpayers. Unless you are guaranteed to make … Continue reading

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