Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008: What it does, what it will cost, and whether it will work

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After a tense week of negotiations, the House of Representatives has put out a 110 page draft of the bailout bill, called the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. Events leading up to the bill included late night calls to Warren Buffett to get his take on the crisis and the consequences if the Bush […]

Published or Updated: June 4, 2013

A Microsoft — Yahoo! Merger is Good for Bloggers, the Internet and even Google

Microsoft announced yesterday that it has made a $44.6 billion unsolicited offer to buy Yahoo! The bid consists of Microsoft stock and cash, and represents a 62% premium over the closing price of Yahoo!’s stock on Thursday. While the transaction will be scrutinized by the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, and European regulators […]

Published or Updated: May 23, 2011

Congress to Pass Stimulus Package While the Band Plays On

Fears of recession combined with an election year equal a chicken in every pot. The chicken that congressional leaders and the White House cooked up yesterday will cost our grandchildren about $150 billion plus interest. That’s right, the government is passing out money to the tune of $600 to $1,200 for most taxpayers in the […]

Published or Updated: October 19, 2011

How to Prevent Another Subprime Mortgage Debacle (or, “What My Dad Knew Long Ago”)

This is a guest post from a good friend and former colleague named Peter. If you’d like to write for TDR, please drop me a line. Photo Credit: woodleywonderworksRemember when “junk bond” was a dirty word? People and companies bought these newfangled high-interest rate bonds without fully appreciating that the interest rates were high because […]

Published or Updated: May 23, 2011

The Republican Presidential Candidates’ Health Care Reform Plans–Where’s the Beef?

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Health care for an aging U.S. population is and will be a major monetary issue for all of us. The democratic candidates each have put forth plans for Universal Health Care. These plans will cost us an amount equal to the GNP of many small countries. Voters need to see alternatives to these costly plans, […]

Published or Updated: February 13, 2013

200 Toddlers Rally Against Hillary Clinton’s Universal Pre-K Plan

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Miami Beach, Florida (9/28/07)–Today Hillary Clinton unveiled her plan for Universal Pre-K. A $5 to $10 billion a year proposal to provide four year olds a “high-quality pre-kindergarten program,” Clinton said it was aimed at giving them a “chance to succeed and to fulfill his or her God-given potential.” What began as an uneventful speech […]

Published or Updated: June 6, 2013

The New ‘Baby Bond’–Let’s Give $5,000 To Every Child Born in the U.S.

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I’ve got an idea. Why doesn’t the U.S. government give $5,000 to every child born in the U.S.? The money can grow tax free, and the child can use the money for college when he or she finishes high school. Now I know what you’re thinking. That’s the dumbest idea you’ve ever heard. Well now […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013

Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Plan – A Detailed Analysis

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Senator Hillary Clinton unveiled her health care reform plan, called the American Health Choices Plan. Clinton’s health care plan promises to bring health insurance to every American. Clinton promises lower insurance premiums for every American, improved delivery of health care, health insurance for all, and a “net tax cut for American taxpayers.” She also promises […]

Published or Updated: March 23, 2012

Miles Levin Remembered

The blogging community lost a good soul this past Sunday. His name was Miles Levin. He was six days shy of his 19th birthday. He started blogging in 2005 and talked about his battle with a pediatric cancer called alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that strangles the muscle tissues. A few months ago, recognizing that death […]

Published or Updated: April 16, 2014