American Madness

Intelligent Criticism in the Service of a Better Nation

The Long Goodbye

Query: Must we continue to spend a major part of all Medicare spending on ineffective medical treatment during the last year of life? Or, asked another way: Are we doing Grandpa and Grandma a favor by keeping them marginally alive with no quality of life?
We’ve all heard the scenario; 85 year old Grandpa Ike has [...]

I’m as mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!

The Bureau of Labor Statistice, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm, stated on October 2, 2009, that since the recession began in December, 2007,   7,600,000 jobs have been lost, 4,453,000 of them since November, 2008.  Today the government reported that the governments stimulus program has created approximately 30,000 new jobs.  At that rate, from November, 08 to September, 09 the [...]

Deep Pockets

Do you ever feel poor? Like you are just scraping together enough money each month to barely make it by?
Well, now you can see where you rank in terms of world salaries or as they put it on the GlobalRichList:
Every year we gaze enviously at the lists of the richest people in world.
Wondering what it [...]

Watch this if you want to understand inflation

Yesterday’s Senate hearing on commodities (Real Player).

USD, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing….

Well, at least if you are in the Netherlands.
Apparently, as the value of the dollar drops (and the Euro inflates) some small currency exchange locations in Amsterdam will no longer accept US Dollars since their value is dropping at such an alarming rate. The exchanges are concerned that if the make a currency exchange, by [...]

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