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Jim Cates Show: December 10th, 2010

December 10, 2010 Comments off

I appear weekly on the Jim Cates show for commentary and analysis. Here is the episode from December 10th, 2010.

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Jim Cates Show: December 3rd, 2010

December 3, 2010 Comments off

I appear weekly on the Jim Cates show for commentary and analysis. Here is the episode from December 3rd, 2010.

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Accept Locusts? Anyone?

December 2, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve never been city manager of a city that before me or after me said it had to live with potholes. My deal with my governing body was that first we organized the finances, second we organized and delivered the basic services, and then we would add services that added to the quality of life in the community. Street maintenance, water and waste treatment, and public safety were all basic services. No governing body of mine as city manager ever would accept less than complete handling of those services. As city manager, I would not accept less either.

Admitting there’s nothing we can do to get ahead of the problem is economic suicide for a community and an admission of failure. It shows no appetite or clue about how to correct the direction. Not only have I never been city manager in such a city, I’ve never lived in one that accepted potholes as something approaching a natural condition.

As city manager if I had public works director or city engineer who made such a statement, he would be gone. Not someday, but right now.

Then I’d find one who knew how to organize street maintenance and knew how to fix potholes. The woods is full of them.

It’s similar to having your head of water treatment say “we can’t clean the water, it’s too brown. We have to live with the condition.”

How about having a budget director or finance director say “I don’t know how to balance the budget.” Wouldn’t you get one right away who did?

I can go on and on with examples of behavior that would lead inevitably to a culture of surrender. To the locusts.

That’s unacceptable to me, as a citizen of the community.

Tell Your Congress What Makes Financial Sense

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

The Congress Republicans are opposing extending unemployment benefits for the nearly 10% of the work force that doesn’t have a job. They say it’s too expensive to support the 2 million people whose benefits expire. They also oppose ending the 2003 tax cuts for those who make more than $250,000, the richest 2% of the country.

Unemployment payments extension will cost $60 billion if it lasts for an entire year. And it won’t last that long. The tax cuts for the rich will add $700 billion to the deficit over ten years. And the cuts will last that long.

The unemployment benefits will be spent in the economy as the money is needed for subsistence and that spending will save or create jobs. The rich will just invest their money in stocks and bonds or otherwise save it. They don’t need the money for subsistence and they won’t necessarily spend it.

It’s pretty simple math: On the one hand there’s $60 billion to be spent in the economy and on the other hand is $700 billion that won’t be.

Which makes financial sense? Let your Congressfolks know that you know.

Jim Cates Show: November 19th, 2010

November 19, 2010 Comments off

I appear weekly on the Jim Cates show for commentary and analysis. Here is the episode from November 19th, 2010.

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Jim Cates Show: November 12th, 2010

November 12, 2010 Comments off

I appear weekly on the Jim Cates show for commentary and analysis. Here is the episode from November 12th, 2010.

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Jim Cates Show: November 5th, 2010

November 5, 2010 Comments off

I appear weekly on the Jim Cates show for commentary and analysis. Here is the episode from November 5th, 2010.

Categories: On the Radio