Creating Jobs is THE Thing

I heard a reporter on a recent Economist podcast say that, in light of the growing UK economy, creating jobs is a good thing.

Allow me to elaborate. Creating jobs is not only a good thing, creating jobs is the thing. What other purpose is there for an economy?

The Warmth of Other Suns

I just finished The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. Wow. It’s easy to see why it won the Pulitzer Prize. I was born in Canada, and have lived in Arizona, the Midwest, Colorado, New Mexico, Northern California, the UK, the Northeast, and now the South. It is the South…

Eleanor Roosevelt’s 3 (+1) rules for happiness

Someone once asked me what I regarded as the three most important requirements for happiness. My answer was: A feeling that you have been honest with yourself and those around you; a feeling that you have done the best you could both in your personal life and in your work; and the ability to love others. But there is another basic requirement, and I can’t understand now how I forgot it at the time: that is the feeling that you are, in some way, useful. Usefulness, whatever form it may take, is the price we should pay for the air…

A Stolen iPad — Not: A Cascade of Judgment Errors

I went to the local Apple Store last Saturday to get a look at the new iPhones. It’s a busy Saturday afternoon at the mall and my usual parking spots, not far from the Apple Store, are full. I snake my way through the lot until I finally find an open spot way over behind the cinema. The extra distance isn’t too far and, besides, I can use the ‘clicks’ on my FitBit. The store is alive with energy — not unusual for an Apple Store on a Saturday afternoon — but the crowd is just a little more dense today.…

D•R•Horton

We went to our first HOA meeting this week for our new home in Carillon Forest. It was great to meet some of our new neighbors and we learned a lot. Mostly we learned that buying a house from DR Horton is like buying a band instrument from Professor Harold Hill.

Heather’s Law of Efficient Markets

Economists continue to debate the extent to which free markets are truly efficient. Two things are certain: free markets are remarkably efficient at accumulating wealth and consolidating power.

You Know I’ve Always Been A Dreamer

You know I’ve always been a dreamer (spent my life running ’round) And it’s so hard to change (Can’t seem to settle down) But the dreams I’ve seen lately Keep on turning out and burning out And turning out the same So put me on a highway And show me a sign And take it to the limit one more time From Take It To The Limit I had the good fortune of seeing The Eagles in concert on Friday night on their History of the Eagles tour. Nostalgia ruled the night. Everyone from the original band was was there, and…

What the framers meant by ‘the people’

Even though the framers were pretty bad about race, and they certainly didn’t understand sex equality, the one thing the framers got was class. They understood that the biggest risk was to create an aristocracy. And so they insisted, as Madison said, that ‘the people’ meant ‘not the rich more than the poor.’ We’ve completely betrayed that commitment. — Lawrence Lessig Watch the entire 12-minute interview on Bill Moyers’ recent show:

Driving Through a Snowstorm

Snow pounding. Visibility nil. Windshield is as far as I can see. Treacherously slow,Sometimes lost. I’ve even slid off off the road a time or two. But as the hours (and days) pass, I slowly make progress. All hail the snowstorm.

In some ways, Canada is a small country

When it comes to land mass, Canada is a large country — much larger than the US. But when it comes to population and the economy, the is US much bigger. Consider this: California has more people than Canada. California’s economy is larger than Canada’s.   I Love Charts puts Canada’s population in relation to the US in perspective. Nice!