Labor Dazed

On Labor Day I took my daughter to the parade.  It’s an event full of meaning but for her it was mainly about the candy. She was not disappointed.  In a scene resembling feeding time at the barnyard candy was thrown like chicken feed from passing floats.  Children scurried, pecked at the ground, pushed and […]

This is How Power Works: A Primer and Illustration

The following post was written in 2014 during a controversy on our campus involving the resignation of a recently-hired University president, Timothy Flanagan.  In just seven months in the position Flanagan had engaged in a series of unprofessional and abusive behaviors.  The Board of Trustees paid him $480,000 to leave quietly and provided virtually no […]

The half-million dollar question

Here is a link to a guest column I wrote for our campus newspaper.  It deals with, among other things, the way that powerful actors are able to insulate themselves from accountability.  In this case the Illinois State University Board of Trustees paid a half-million dollars to its 18th president following his resignation after only […]

Four Decades Of Taxes And Spending, In 2 Graphs

Here is an interesting look from the Planet Money team at NPR at how our taxing and spending has changed little over the last forty years.  It puts the current political debate over spending and taxes in perspective. http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/02/24/271558863/four-decades-of-taxes-and-spending-in-2-graphs

Let Them Eat Peppers!

I recently had a chance to visit an old friend who moved to Scotland several years ago.  He and his wife now have two beautiful children and, as happens in life after kids, our visits now entail more parenting activities than the pub-related kind. One day we went to pick up their seven year old […]

UNLESS …

UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. – Dr. Seuss

The Rich Are Stealing from Granny!

Tax cuts for the rich, wars paid for with credit card, and bailouts for Wall Street have strained our budgets.  Now they are coming for granny’s social security, medicare and food stamps! That’s a lot of marble rye! More to come…but now enjoy one of the great moments in television history…