Monthly Archives: March 2012

ECONOMIC RECOVERY: HOW AND FOR WHOM

Here’s issue #26 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 3/31/12. The previous two issues examined the 2008 collapse of US financial firms that caused our current recession. This issue looks at the beginning of an economic recovery. The US economy is beginning to recover from the Great Recession. It grew at an annual rate of […]

THE 2008 FINANCIAL COLLAPSE: CONTEXT AND FOLLOW-UP

Here’s issue #25 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 3/25/12. The previous issue provided highlights from the movie Inside Job, a documentary on the 2008 collapse of US financial firms that caused our current recession, which I highly recommend. Here’s some context and follow-up on the 2008 financial collapse. The 2008 collapse was the product […]

INSIDE JOB: THE 2008 COLLAPSE OF US FINANCIAL FIRMS

Here’s issue #24 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 3/23/12. Last week, I finally watched the movie Inside Job, a documentary on the 2008 collapse of US financial firms that caused our current recession. I highly recommend it. Here are some highlights. The movie Inside Job documents how the deregulation of the financial industry […]

CORPORATE POWER (Part 3): LOBBYING AND THE REVOLVING DOOR

Here’s issue #23 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 3/15/12. This issue examines how corporations influence our government and its policies through lobbying and the “revolving door.” Corporate influence on government actions and policies occur through campaign contributions (see Newsletters #13 – 17), lobbying, and the “revolving door” where personnel often cycle back and […]

GASOLINE PRICES: WHY SO HIGH?

Here’s issue #22 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 3/5/12. This issue takes a look at gasoline prices and why they are so high. Gasoline prices have been rising and have become an issue in the presidential campaign. So why are prices so high and is there anything that can be done about it? […]