I attended a roundtable discussion a while back, where we discussed worldwide trends. A question about business came up: “What business functions will never go out of style?” My answer: “Debt, equity, and liquidity.” Seems simple and practical, right? You have a business idea or life aspiration, and someone rolls up to enable those goals […]Read More Will the pandemic cause commercial real estate to implode, or will bank fraud do the job first?
My response — after laughing — when I heard Amazon is pulling out of that sweet deal to set up a second headquarters in New York City was short, but loaded with meaning. “Jeff Bezos must’ve thought he was playing with Independence, Iowa.” Or some other small town. But even those places are pushing back […]Read More Amazon’s pullout and New Yorker’s confusion about economic growth
While I thought the I’m-not-your-Liberal-donor-class flow of Congressperson-elect Alexadria Ocasio-Cortez was a refreshing breeze from the stale bullets spit by the ruling corporatist wing of the Party of No Guts, my crystal ball didn’t predict an Ocasio-Cortez primary victory over Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional district. However, I saw the seams bursting […]Read More They’re trying to downplay Ocasio-Cortez’ win this week — but we know better
I’ll preface my different angle of approach to the latest immigration episode concerning President Trump’s zero-tolerance policy by first addressing those of you who think droning children overseas, snatching them from parents at the U.S. border, physically abusing them, or injecting them with anti-psychotic meds without consent or proper diagnosis is symptomatic of a healthy […]Read More A century of state-sponsored bananas, blood and bullets — facts that are missing from today’s immigration debate
The Quarterback in Chief has done it again. Unanswered questions about the ambush in Niger that resulted in the deaths of four US Special Forces soldiers once again make debates about whether or not President Donald Trump suffers from congenital bad behavior meaningless. Trump’s rudeness is a given — and has become his tactic to […]Read More Niger Blues, Another Trump Head Fake
Another sun tries to rise again in the East, and may take the form of a new Silk Road — resplendent with high-speed transportation and communication infrastructures; large-scale mining projects; a rail and maritime distribution strategy that will connect East and Central Asia with parts of Europe and Africa. All this development activity will generate […]Read More Why America’s Losing Its Mind Over Silk Road 2.0
“The American Dream is back,” says President Donald Trump. But what does that mean? Back in January, Trump associated his desire to eliminate up to 75 percent of government regulations concerning businesses with the American Dream. In a series of moves that took place during the time of the White House-sponsored American Dream Week, Trump: […]Read More Sunday Smack: What is the American Dream?
I’m not a fan of convenience stores. But I get the case for why so many of us visit them — familiar structures located within the familiarity of our neighborhood’s borders, and merchandised with a limited set of familiar choices to enable easy purchase decisions. The world is already difficult to navigate. We love “easy” […]Read More Let’s Revisit Robots and Minimum Wage Fast Food Workers
Now that we’ve covered the pitfalls of putting your trust in deal chasers to craft America’s military strategy and NATO relationship, what do you say about tackling climate change and the inner workings of President Trump’s brain? Let’s first deal with what the media calls a “shocking” reversal: Trump’s acknowledgment that climate change is real, despite his earlier […]Read More Trump’s Yuge European Failure Part 2: The Paris Climate Agreement Chapter
President Donald Trump’s recent trip to Europe reminds me of an episode from that Blind Date TV show: Trump returns home after the date thinking he’s slayed like no other president before him — (laughing) the best Europe’s ever had — while EU leaders feel resigned to look for another lover. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Trump’s […]Read More Trump’s Yuge European Failure — The NATO Chapter