Note: This is a very long entry, with many dozens of examples and source links. While I would LOVE it if readers made it all the way through, I understand why they might not. If you want a short, summarized version, click here. In 2009, SCOTUS was composed of eight men and one woman. Ruth[…]
This is the official logo for the March 8 event. Organizers of the Women’s March are calling for a “general strike” on March 8, which they have dubbed “A Day Without A Woman”. The idea is that if enough women stay home from work that day, the rest of society will see how important women[…]
Wealth inequality in Europe and the U.S., 1810-2010 (Source — .pdf, 1.2MB) The more I learn about wealth and income inequality, the more I realize I didn’t know — and still don’t know — and the more it’s obvious that many other people don’t know. Rampant confusion reigns. In my observation, most laypersons don’t understand[…]
While working on a much longer entry about wealth and income inequality, I came upon a question that I couldn’t answer: how did it begin?
For everyone across the nation who wondered why the Texas legislature wasn’t in the news much this year — specifically, during all the media frenzy about civil rights — it’s not because Texas decided to stop being regressive. It’s because the Texas legislature, by law, does not meet in even-numbered years (except for limited 30-day[…]
The meme insinuates we should be able to pay for health care with $2 billion This meme popped into my Facebook timeline three separate times this weekend. It says (I’ve fixed the all-caps issue): “Welcome to America where we will spend $2 billion on an election, but we can’t afford to give everyone free healthcare.”[…]
Part of Manhattan, as seen from Ellis Island Many of the world’s finance firms are headquartered here (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) Reading the histories of economic crises in U.S. history is kind of like watching a merry-go-round or carousel. The same exact initial characteristics keep showing up, followed by the same economic[…]
An actual letter to the editor Click image to see larger Click here to see source This one isn’t actually a “meme”, per se, but it is being shared as one on social media, so I’ll have a go at it in this edition of Stupid Meme Saturday. (Click the image at right to see[…]
In the crawl space above our house (not big enough to be called an “attic”), I was recently storing a few items, and noticed two old file boxes. Checking their contents, I found more old letters, school records, school assignments, and more. I brought the boxes down and put them in my office. Today, I[…]
My nephew at the controls (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) Today I was reading the comments under NPR’s article “Should Self-Driving Cars Have Drivers Ready To Take Over?” The article itself didn’t say anything that hasn’t been said before, but the comment section — especially under their Facebook post — saw many readers[…]
I once favored switching the U.S. to some type of flat tax plan. In 2005, I praised Steve Forbes’ tax proposal, though it wasn’t completely flat (the rich would pay more than the poor, under his slightly progressive rate suggestions). As late as 2013, I wrote: “We need to replace the decrepit Income Tax system[…]
Since I no longer like the idea of a Flat Tax, what about a national sales tax? (Or, as some have called it, the “Fair Tax”.) Sometimes, a national sales tax looks attractive. It would incentivize savings, for example, because you won’t pay taxes unless you spend money. It also sounds fair — the rich[…]
So, since I don’t like the flat tax or the national sales tax — or what we have now — then what would I do (assuming I had carte blanche) with the tax laws? Glad you asked.
Week in and week out, Americans throw away piles of garbage, much of which could be recycled. This material ends up in landfills, many of which are not sealed. (Copyright © 2011 by Wil C. Fry.) An Oct. 3 op-ed in the New York Times (here) proclaims: “…[C]ities have been burying garbage for thousands of[…]
A house in rural Oklahoma (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) Many people are uncomfortable with hypothetical ethical dilemmas (some examples). I’ve run into a few people who haven’t heard the term, and others who were first made aware of the idea in high school. I first heard of them in fifth grade, when[…]
Yesterday, I cited the World Values Survey, which included many questions other than the ones I mentioned. One of the others was “Which of the following problems you consider the most serious one for the world as a whole?” One of the nicer neighborhoods we saw in Belize (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.)[…]