Some Common Cents for December 23rd, 2016

December 27, 2016, by John Norris

Since the election, I have had more than one person ask me a variant of: “how are we going to pay for everything Trump says he is going to do?” This is ordinarily more rhetorical than an actual desire to know the answer, which is understandable. There has been no shortage of so-called experts predicting fiscal rack & ruin over the next 4 years. It always seems to go something like this: “Based on what...

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Some Common Cents for December 16th, 2016

December 19, 2016, by John Norris

My wife had her office Christmas party last night, and came home with an Amazon Echo Dot she received as a gift from one of her co-workers. I was a little torn on this, as I had planned on getting her one, although largely just for the speaker aspect. So, I decided to proceed forth, and see what I could now buy to make the most of the thing. You know, wall adapters, and things...

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Some Common Cents for December 9th, 2016

December 12, 2016, by John Norris

If every year in the future flies by as quickly as 2016 has for me, I am going to go buy a burial plot and cheap suit for Christmas. Outside of 2008, it has been one of the craziest years I can remember in my career. I suppose I can blame a somewhat bizarre Presidential campaign for part of it. The mealy mouthed Federal Reserve also gets some blame. Finally, I have two teenagers, and...

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Some Common Cents for December 2nd, 2016

December 5, 2016, by John Norris

I am not sure it is because I have been doing this for as long as I have or because it really is the case, but the data is starting to look the same to me. I say this, because after reading this morning’s Employment Situation report for November, I had to wonder: is that all you got? It was as if the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) had somehow ‘phoned it in.’ In fact,...

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