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I’ve written before about the municipal and state level fiscal crises that are occurring across the U.S. (and, yes, this was not only predictable, it was predicted). Well, now we have a new crisis: no more BABs. BABs is short for Build America Bonds program, and there are two types of BABs: 1) BABs that…

Lessons from How Rome Fell

A while ago, I finished reading Adrian Goldsworthy’s How Rome Fell. While there are far too many inane comparisons between the Late Roman Empire and the U.S., this summary of Goldsworthy’s thesis seems appropriate (italics mine): That is not to say that the latter emperors were more selfish, but simply that they could never be…

Because it’s the sucker’s play. So Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky–a real Democrat, not a Very Serious fiscal ‘conservative’–has released her own deficit plan. It’s a perfectly good plan: the numbers add up (no magic asterisks, such as ‘we will lower Medicare expenses [somehow]’), and as policy, even if one weren’t concerned about deficit reduction, it’s…

If you haven’t heard, there’s a new antibiotic resistance gene, NDM-1, which stands for New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-1. This gene has been found in Gram-negative Enterobacteriaceae (E. coli and Klebsiella), and confers resistance to every penicillin derivative. Like the KPC genes, this gene is found on miniature chromosomes that also carry other resistance genes, making this…

Just how desperate to find a story–and a controversy–do you have to be to believe this is real: Anchors at the Fox News national morning news show “Fox and Friends” reported Tuesday that the city of Los Angeles had ordered 10,000 jetpacks for its police and fire departments. The price tag: a whopping $100,000 per…

But, then again, I’m one of those pessimistic liberals, so what do I know? By the way, when the CEO of Wal-Mart is more sensitive to the needs of the unemployed than our political betters, you know we’re screwed: “The paycheck cycle we’ve talked about before remains extreme. It is our responsibility to figure out…

Having parasitized private industry, our economic betters are now turning their sights on the public sector: The most popular deals in the works are metered municipal street and garage parking spaces. One of the first was in Chicago where the city received $1.16 billion in 2008 to allow a consortium led by Morgan Stanley to…

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry over this recent speech by Fed Reserve Chairman Bernanke: A report last week showed that the American economy, recovering from the worst recession since the 1930s, slowed to a 2.4 percent annual rate in the second quarter, less than forecast, as a scarcity of jobs eroded consumer…

…get drunk and hit you. Digby thinks that’s the meaning of this poll by Gallup: A new USA Today/Gallup poll out this morning shows that more Americans blame the Democrats more than any other group when it comes to the inciting the violence and vandalism that have spread across the country in the week since…

In the political bloggysphere, there’s been some discussion about former Congressman and Two Million Dollar Man Billy Tauzin losing his job as the top lobbyist for Big Pharma. I follow this stuff a lot more than most–my observation that much of what our great congressional solons do is geared towards their retirements, to me, seems…