The GOP Should Pass a Stand Alone Mitt Romney Optional Corporate Tax

I'm not a big Mitt fan but if there was ever a time for the National GOP and Donald Trump to run a play out of the Mitt Romney playbook it's this week. The DESTROY US ALL caucus is already screaming about how this tax bill means we're all going to die (which was true, … Continue reading The GOP Should Pass a Stand Alone Mitt Romney Optional Corporate Tax

Holes in the tax plan are appearing. Imagine if they didn’t rush it for an arbitrary deadline.

There was such high hopes for Republicans going into 2017. A GOP-controlled House and Senate putting legislation on a Republican President's desk is exactly what they've been asking for since Barack Obama first took office. Voters delivered. All was well in the world. 2017 was going to be the year the GOP finally got stuff … Continue reading Holes in the tax plan are appearing. Imagine if they didn’t rush it for an arbitrary deadline.

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

The #Unexpectedly Chronicles Cause and Effect Seattle Edition

You might have missed these two stories in all the Trump Tweet stuff but you might want to remind yourself what we're fighting against before you jump off the wagon. Cause: Seattle’s minimum-wage law is boosting wages for a range of low-paid workers, but the law is causing those workers as a group to lose … Continue reading The #Unexpectedly Chronicles Cause and Effect Seattle Edition

Great Jobs in the Technology Industry

It goes without saying that the recruitment sector is driven by demand. From one year to the next, there are patterns and changes regarding numbers of jobs and types of jobs available. As one job type becomes obsolete, new jobs appear, and technology has played a big part in these changes. Many traditional jobs are … Continue reading Great Jobs in the Technology Industry

Comfort is Expensive

by baldilocks Hot news flash, yes? I don’t know. People accumulate money for reasons, with comfort being among them. But the implication in this Guardian piece is that there is something wrong with purchasing insulation against the Special Hell that is LAX. The guiltiest pleasure at Los Angeles international airport’s (LAX) new private terminal for the … Continue reading Comfort is Expensive

Chicago’s Southland: The rottenest apple in the corrupt Illinois orchard

By John Ruberry Contained in my inbox this morning was an email from Crain's Chicago Business touting an article by Dennis Rodkin, "Can Chicago's Southland Be Rebuilt?" In short, "probably" is his answer. Mine is "no." Chicago's Southland covers the city's South Side and its southern suburbs, some definitions include the Southwest Side and the southwest … Continue reading Chicago’s Southland: The rottenest apple in the corrupt Illinois orchard

The REAL story of the minimum wage: Progs and the white-only workplace

Wendy's recent announcement that it's installing 1,000 self-service kiosks in its restaurants is a huge counter-salvo against the Fight for $15 and its effort to push through an unreasonable national minimum wage. Most mainstream economists believe paying America's youngest and least-skilled workers at least $15 an hour will kill countless jobs, especially for those least … Continue reading The REAL story of the minimum wage: Progs and the white-only workplace

Actually, 2016 was a pretty good year

By John Ruberry "So listen, there's still a little bit of it to go," the host of NPR's witty Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, Peter Sagal said as he opened his New Year's Eve show, "but all the pundits and the pollsters have already called it: 2016 will go down as the worst year ever." Which led … Continue reading Actually, 2016 was a pretty good year