Category Archives: Bidness

If We Tax the Rich, They’ll Leave D.C.

Blah, blah, blah. This came across the Twitterz: Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams is urging members of the business community to write @councilofdc in opposition to proposed tax increases on high earners. "Highly skilled workers are more mobile than ever. … Continue reading

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Why Isn’t D.C. Releasing Its Information About the Delta COVID-19 Variant?

And so there’s no confusion, I’m referring to D.C., not Wor-Shing-Tun. More than a few people noticed this paragraph in a Washington Post story: The District has sequenced every positive coronavirus test sample for the past few weeks, D.C. health … Continue reading

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Political Reporters Need to Report Campaign Donations in Routine Coverage

Among many of the kayfabe-esque qualities of political coverage is the complete absence of coverage of political donations. Yes, there occasionally will be specific stories about the blight of campaign contributions, but they’re never worked into routine coverage. Consider this … Continue reading

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21st Century Servants

Recently, Kevin Roose described how the disappearing venture capital subsidies for various companies has forced them to raise their prices (boldface mine): Profits are good for investors, of course. And while it’s painful to pay subsidy-free prices for our extravagances, … Continue reading

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We Can’t Really Restart the Economy Until We Restart Transit

There has been a lot of caterwauling by some business owners about dastardly employees who are getting uppity want to get paid more. But what that complaint doesn’t consider is that their employees also have higher travel expenses (boldface mine): … Continue reading

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Higher Education Downsizing and ‘Real’ Majors

There’s an entire outrage industry built on attacking various university departments that don’t teach ‘anything useful.’ Various state governors have jumped on board, and attempt to defund departments, the ones that they find politically incorrect. That’s how the discourse is … Continue reading

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Je Suis Beeple: Should the Mad Biologist Go Full NFT?

There’s a lot of people with money who desperately need to be taxed more. We read with disgust how non-fungible tokens or NFTs are going for ludicrous prices. Essentially, here’s what they’re buying (boldface mine): An NFT is a type … Continue reading

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Political Momentum

One of the worst political metaphors is the notion of political capital, as it suggests the ability to do things is a scarce resource that must be hoarded and preserved. At the risk of pissing off the physicists, we should … Continue reading

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Predisposed to a Pandemic: The Nursing Home Aide Edition

A while ago, some asshole with a blog noted that a sane COVID-19 response would have these four economic pillars: Rent and mortgage suspension, for businesses and residents. Temporary universal healthcare coverage, including for those who lost their jobs. Some … Continue reading

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Personnel Is Policy

And if we’re fortunate enough not to have a second Trump term, we need to pay attention to whom Biden appoints to key positions. In terms of economics, Robert Kuttner points out what rank-and-file Democrats need to get ready to … Continue reading

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