May 112011

I said it on KUOW’s Weekday program today, and I’ll say it here: I’m from Missouri concerning Microsoft’s announced $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype, the service that allows users to make voice or video calls using the World Wide Web free or at very low cost. I understand what the [continue reading . . . ]

Apr 272011

Fed Chair Ben Bernanke’s historic press conference, economic policy, high-speed rail and Boeing’s travails with the 787 were among topics on KUOW’s Weekday program today. The Seattle Times columnist and blogger Jon Talton and I batted these and other issues around for nearly 40 minutes with host Steve Scher. Here’s [continue reading . . . ]

Apr 202011

Canadian taxes, S&P’s warning that it might downgrade U.S. debt and Zillow’s proposed public offering were the my principal topics on Weekday on KUOW today. Earlier in the hour, Weekday host Steve Scher and Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer had discussed why Canadians pay much higher prices for everday [continue reading . . . ]

Apr 132011

Health care in general and Medicare and the Rx drug benefit in particular constitute the asteroid that¬†threatens our financial extinction. Social Security was technically in surplus — taking in more in taxes than its outgo in benefits — until the recent economic unpleasantness. Social Security might attain surpluses again if [continue reading . . . ]