NOT Off to Manchester NH to cover POTUS Rally

Today (Thursday) is the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary a holy day of obligation so my day began with mass at 8 to fulfill my duty as a Catholic. However my plans for the rest of the day are not my normal Thursday routine. Instead of getting ready for my last … Continue reading NOT Off to Manchester NH to cover POTUS Rally

Why Trump will be Re-Elected in Five Sentences

When Barack Obama was elected I was making $20 working mostly from home with excellent Benefits, sick and vacation pay. When Barack Obama left office eight years later I was working as a temp with no vacation or holiday pay at $9.50 an hour and that only because I worked 3rd shift and got a … Continue reading Why Trump will be Re-Elected in Five Sentences

Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part One

By John Ruberry If  you are looking for bad news then Illinois is just the place for you. What I'm writing here at Da Tech Guy will probably become a series. Illinois' population has been shrinking for five straight years. After the 2020 Census the Prairie State will lose one congressional seat. And it's possible … Continue reading Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part One

Giving Thanks for Capitalism and Market Basket Chicken

Mayim Bialik not withstanding there is a lot to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving for Americans and those lucky enough to come here. And one of the things we have to be thankful for is Capitalism perfectly Illustrated by of all things rotisserie chickens sold by Market Basket stores. If you go to any Market … Continue reading Giving Thanks for Capitalism and Market Basket Chicken

No Republican should stall tax cuts to save the individual mandate

Today, Mick Mulvaney said something shocking. He declared if the Senate tax cut bill was getting stalled over repealing the individual mandate, then the White House would be okay with killing off that portion. Huh? What Republican would oppose the tax cuts specifically because they had the individual mandate repeal attached to them? Can anyone … Continue reading No Republican should stall tax cuts to save the individual mandate

My return to Detroit

By John Ruberry Last week I had some time off from work and I did what few people do. Before sunrise I left home and drove to Detroit for a pleasure visit. It was my second trip to the Motor City. My first Da Tech Guy account, from 2015, is here. What follows is a … Continue reading My return to Detroit

The Tax Bill is, Well, Taxing

My opposition to the new tax bill is selfish. It’s gonna cost me money! As a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I live in one of the bluest cities in one of the bluer states in the country. I pay city and state taxes—both of which will no longer be deductible under the proposals. I understand … Continue reading The Tax Bill is, Well, Taxing

Trump one year later: The Deplorables knew all along

By John Ruberry "'Many are the strange chances of the world,' said Mithrandir, 'and help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the Wise falter.'" Mithrandir (Gandalf), in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Simarillion. This week greets the first anniversary of Donald J. Trump's historic election to the presidency. Historic? Yes. Trump is first … Continue reading Trump one year later: The Deplorables knew all along

Papa John’s Says it Aloud (and Pizza Hut Confirms It)

For weeks our friends in media, particularly in the sports media have been doing all they can to make sure that the entire world knows that whatever is the cause of the drop in ratings for the NFL and the empty seats it definitely , positively and just plain isn't mostly connected to the players … Continue reading Papa John’s Says it Aloud (and Pizza Hut Confirms It)

Illinois businesses and jobs escape to Wisconsin

By John Ruberry Last Monday I had a errand to run for work--which brought me to Milwaukee's suburbs. And for the first time in five years I drove on Interstate 94 north of the Illinois-Wisconsin state line--on what is known as the Milwaukee to Kenosha I-94 Corridor. A lot has changed since 2012. As I … Continue reading Illinois businesses and jobs escape to Wisconsin

Ring Ring Ring Ripoff

Be careful when you answer the phone! If you are told that a relative is injured or in some kind of other desperate situation, beware. It's commonly known as "The Grandparent Scam", because elderly people are often the victims, but it could happen to anyone who isn't sufficiently skeptical and gets caught off guard. Someone … Continue reading Ring Ring Ring Ripoff

Tax cuts are great but meaningless without spending cuts

The evidence has been documented numerous times that cutting taxes improves the economy in ways that replace "lost" revenues for the federal government. In other words, reduced tax burdens spark economic growth with over time yield a revenue-neutral stance. This is the part about the proposed GOP tax cuts that I like. There are two … Continue reading Tax cuts are great but meaningless without spending cuts

Black LIves Matter exercises their Hecklers Veto on Douthat’s Amazon to St. Louis Plan

I understand the sentiment behind this post suggesting Amazon choose St. Louis for their second corporate HQ A particularly compelling pick, according to my extremely nonscientific “what’s good for America” metric, might be St. Louis — a once-great metropolis fallen on hard times, the major urban center for a large spread of Trump country, the … Continue reading Black LIves Matter exercises their Hecklers Veto on Douthat’s Amazon to St. Louis Plan

Illinois’ bubbling soda tax rebellion

By John Ruberry "And it was inevitable that some of these people pushed back..." Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles. Could it be that the deep-blue residents of America's second-most populous county, Cook County--Chicago is the county seat--have had enough? Probably not, at least yet. But serious dissent may be bubbling as the effects of Cook … Continue reading Illinois’ bubbling soda tax rebellion

President Trump and Online Gambling. His Position is not a Sure Thing

Many things about the presidency of Donald Trump defy the normal conventional wisdom concerning elected officials and politics. His relationship with the media, his public tweets, his extensive business dealings all over the world and of course his dynamic personality are all things that can and have thrown professional prognosticator for a loop when deciding … Continue reading President Trump and Online Gambling. His Position is not a Sure Thing