Inequality

July 24th, 2011 → 7:33 am

“Distribution should undo excess, and each man have enough.”

I’m not a socialist.  For god’s sake, I’m a professor of economics at the University of Missouri, but I am starting to worry about inequality in the U.S.  We haven’t had such skewed levels of wealth distribution since the 1920s.  And skewed levels of wealth don’t just seem unfair, they are actually harmful by exhibiting downward pressure on consumer demand, which hurts the economy for everyone.  Those who are worried about the tax aspects of the current budget negotiations shouldn’t be; redistribution to maintain a basic quality of life for the majority of the population is not just decent, it’s good economics.

Filed under: Blog & Economics/Money

Heat

July 23rd, 2011 → 7:08 am

“Why, this is very midsummer madness.” – Twelfth Night

I couldn’t decide this morning whether I wanted to write about the Midwest’s record-breaking heat wave, or the incomprehensible budget talks in Washington.  And then, I came across this quote that applied equally well to both!  I can’t believe this unyielding 100+ degree heat, and as well, I can’t believe the infantile behavior of our politicians in Washington.  Sigh.  I pray both trends break soon…

Filed under: Blog & Other & Politics/Politicians

Megan Fox

July 22nd, 2011 → 7:38 am

    “We’ll live,
    And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
    At gilded butterflies.” – King Lear

I just found out that Transformers movie star Megan Fox has this Shakespeare quote on her right shoulder.  Actually, she has “We will all laugh at gilded butterflies” tattoed on her shoulder, which is a bit different, but still.  Apparently it is to remind her not to become caught up in the Hollywood scene, not to become a “gilded butterfly,” pretty, but weighed down and unable to fly.  Not a bad tattoo!

Filed under: Blog & Other

Borders

July 20th, 2011 → 7:23 am

“The true beginning of our end.” – Midsummer Night’s Dream

Borders has announced that it is going out of business and liquidating all its stores.  I feel as though this is the beginning of the end of the hard-copy book.  I know there are e-books and kindles and nooks and what-not, but I’m a bit old fashioned when it comes to sitting down and reading a fresh novel.  I just like having the feel of it in my hands.  I know e-books are the wave of the future, and I’m sure I’ll adjust, but I am just a little sad that the traditional hard-copy book seems to be losing its place at the pinnacle of a well-stocked library.

Filed under: Blog & Literature/Theatre/Art

Elizabeth Warren

July 19th, 2011 → 7:28 am

    “The poor wren,
    The most diminutive of birds, will fight,
    Her young ones in her nest, against the owl.” - Macbeth

Elizabeth Warren was passed over to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  That is a shame.  Warren would have fought, and hard, to protect U.S. consumers from abusive financial practices.  Here’s hoping former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray has the fight in him as well.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians

Mondays

July 18th, 2011 → 8:11 am

“To business that we love we rise betime, And go to’t with delight.” – Antony & Cleopatra

It’s Monday.  I’m tired from the weekend.  I’d rather turn around and crawl back into bed.  If you feel like I do, here’s hoping you at least like your job, so rising on Monday morning and getting to it, if not a “delight,” at least isn’t half bad.  😉

Filed under: Blog & Other

Birthday

July 17th, 2011 → 7:22 am

    “This royal infant (heaven still move about her)
    Though in her cradle, yet now promises
    Upon this land a thousand blessngs,
    Which time shall bring to ripeness…” – Henry VIII

Shakespeare wrote this about Elizabeth I, but I hold the same sentiment for my baby, whose first birthday party is today. Happy First Birthday Party Vincent!  I hope all the decorations, people, laughter and noise aren’t too much for you.  Mummy loves you…

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life

Debt Crisis Back-up Plan

July 16th, 2011 → 6:54 am

“A thought which, quarter’d, hath but one part wisdom and ever three parts coward.” – Hamlet

I hear that President Obama is taking Mitch McConnell’s back-up plan for raising the debt ceiling seriously.  Bummer.  The plan is only one part wisdom (the avoiding default part), and three parts coward by the Republicans.

Filed under: Blog & Economics/Money & Politics/Politicians

Fun

July 15th, 2011 → 6:43 am

“Now stand you on the top of happy hours.” – Sonnet

My friend from out of town is here, my baby’s first birthday party is this weekend, there are dinners planned and parties to attend.  As I’ve been telling my husband, now begins the Weekend of Fun!

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life

Friendship

July 14th, 2011 → 6:54 am

“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” – Comedy of Errors

An old friend of mine from my Michigan days is flying in today for a visit.  Yeah to old friends, great welcomes, and merry feasts all weekend long!!

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life