Monthly Archives: May 2012

REGULATING THE BIG BANKS (Part 2)

Here’s issue #33 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 5/31/12. The previous issue of the newsletter laid out the rationale and need for strong regulation of the six big banks that dominate the industry. It closed by noting that JPMorgan Chase’s recent multi-billion dollar loss from securities trading has re-focused attention on bank regulation. This […]

REGULATING THE BIG BANKS (Part 1)

Here’s issue #32 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 5/29/12. JPMorgan Chase’s recent multi-billion dollar loss from securities trading has focused attention on the regulation of our large banks. This issue of my newsletter and the next one take a look at this issue. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was […]

WHY GRIDLOCK IN D.C.?

Here’s issue #31 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 5/20/12. Just about everyone is concerned about the political and policy gridlock in our federal government. This issue of the newsletter takes a look at why this is happening. The Washington Post published an article on April 27 that is the best piece I’ve seen […]

SPURRING ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Here’s issue #30 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 5/15/12. The US government budget process and the elections in Europe have focused attention on how government can best spur economic recovery. There are basically two schools of thought on how governments can spur economic recovery: Austerity: cut spending, raise taxes, and have tight monetary […]

CITIZENS UNITED ACTION (Part 2)

Here’s issue #29 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 5/9/12. It continues from the previous issue the arguments supporting local resolutions calling for the overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. With the 2012 election season underway, the consequences of the Citizens United decision are becoming clear. The unlimited, super political action committee or […]

CITIZENS UNITED ACTION (Part 1)

Here’s issue #28 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 5/6/12. It describes an action step – local resolutions – being taken around the country to work toward overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. As you probably remember, in January 2010, the US Supreme Court, in a five-to-four decision on Citizens United v. Federal […]