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Category Archives: Economics

Trump on Election Day

I’m up early because I couldn’t sleep last night after Sean Hannity shined my butt at an election rally and now my tweeter’s hotter than ever telling patriots this Republican candidate’s great and that one’s wonderful and those others are important and it’s vital to get out and vote because my name is really the […]

Also posted in Donald Trump, Employment, Fox News, Immigration, Kim Jong-Un, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Sean Hannity, Vladimir Putin

Trump Thrills Mississippi

I love traveling around this huge country I’ve made great again and speaking to the honest working people who love me and wait hours to get into my rallies. They know I’m one of them even though I’m really rich and have spent most of my life in luxurious places around other wealthy people and […]

Also posted in Brett Kavanaugh, Defense Budget, Donald Trump, Health, Immigration, Memphis, Mississippi, Sex, Supreme Court

The Booming Economy

(These are highlights from my conversation with an economist who graduated from an elite university, served on public policy staffs during the administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and later consulted international businesses.) George Thomas Clark – Okay, I read your recent newspaper columns about economics and foreign policy, respectively. You emphasize what President […]

Also posted in Asia, China, Donald Trump, Employment, Immigration, Mexico, Russia

Joe Six Pack Reports

I’m excited looking at an email from Team Trump. They need our participation “because we’re close enough to change everything.” And we have to. “Illegal voting in the United States wreaks havoc with elections. Every election… it seems we rarely get our candidates elected.” Damn right “it’s time we do something about this.” Team Trump […]

Also posted in Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Employment, George W. Bush, Guns, Immigration, Iran, Korea, Mexico, Michael Cohen, Nuclear Weapons, Robert Mueller, Russia, Stock Market, Vladimir Putin

President Xi Writes to Trump

Dear President Trump, We will often be communicating about a variety of serious matters. You believe we’re expanding our economic and military reach to benefit ourselves and diminish you, and you’re correct. We think you’re trying to limit our aforementioned plans, and we also are correct. Rather than burden you with a long list of […]

Also posted in China, Donald Trump, Iran, Korea, Shah of Iran, Trade, Xi Jinping

Trade Warrior

republicans extremely worried about tariffs trump relaxed because trade wars easy to win

Also posted in Donald Trump, Trade

Trump Surge

hey hope you’ve noticed my approval’s back over forty percent and people like my economy and jobs and tax cuts so you tell me which demo can beat me in three years

Also posted in Campaign 2020, Donald Trump, Employment

Trump Taxes

working poor know it’s a lie my tax cuts favor rich

Also posted in Donald Trump, Taxes

Economic Delights

president trumpets continued unemployment declines initiated by obama and celebrates many stock market highs that could challenge annual record set in nineteen twenty-eight but not clear if president also worries about events the following year

Also posted in Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Employment, Housing, Stock Market

Market Value

real wages stagnate while dreary houses soar and stocks climb on high limb

Also posted in Donald Trump, Housing, Stock Market

Homeless on the River

For days I had looked forward to yet dreaded leaving a soft bed at four on a winter morning to shower, slap on sunscreen, eat a good breakfast, and drive across town to the east side, where poverty is prevalent and The Mission draws most of its clients. I’d volunteered to complete one of dozens […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Bakersfield, Drugs, Health, Homeless, Kern River, Mental Health, Methamphetamine, Nicotine, Poverty

Revelation

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Bernie Sanders, Billionaires, Campaign 2016, Poetry - GTC

Ted Crucifies Obama

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Campaign 2016, Climate Change, Employment, Global Warming, Iran, ISIS, Nuclear Weapons, Ted Cruz

Poor House

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Manual Labor, Poverty, Sex

Airport Taxi

Mark didn’t like late night arrivals at any airport especially in Mexico City where some people get hyper when they see a gringo. He should’ve been ready when a young man rushed up and in Spanish said, “Here, Señor, come with me.” “Where?” “To a place with no lines and low taxi fares.” “Taxis are […]

Also posted in Crime, Kidnapping, Mexico, Mexico City, Poverty

Great Wall of Trump

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Campaign 2016, China, Donald Trump, Immigration, Mexico, Republicans

Dear Friends

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Alcohol, Bankruptcy, Cocaine, Divorce, Drugs, Friendship, Marriage

East Aguascalientes

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Poverty

Carmel Winter

Daily, it seems, I either see or read about tragedy and pain. One of my neighbors has Alzheimer’s and is beating his wife. Another suffers from cancer leaving her dependent on a daughter more interested in her money than health. Always there are wars aplenty and domestic murders in the streets. Rapes, fires, and traumatic […]

Also posted in Boston, Caribbean, Del Mar, Housing, Ingmar Bergman, Movies, Philippines, Russia, San Diego, Weather

White Heat

angry old men crave war and dissolution

Also posted in Poetry - GTC, Republicans, War

Emergency Evaluation of a Judge

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Canelo Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather, Las Vegas

Slots

Sarah didn’t enjoy husband, family, or friends and had no interests save gambling and was happy to live near casino she rushed to three, four, five times weekly and pushed credit card into slots she played hours, stopping only to curse rigged system. She said this was best part of life so didn’t mind burning […]

Also posted in Friendship, Gambling, Marriage, Mental Health

Night Court

This story is from the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Art, Crime, Great Depression, Painters, Phil Paradise, Poverty

Apple Jobs

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Apple, Computers, Short Pieces - GTC, Taxes

Who Creates Jobs?

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Bill Clinton, Dwight Eisenhower, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy, Politics, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Short Pieces - GTC

Ocean View

From patio on highest hill endless ocean rolls green back onto hill. Other way city sits in smog. Damn four story house next door ruins view, owners say. Not bad, I note, three in ravine. Suppose we’re lucky to live here fifty years. Used to be in tract house below.

Also posted in Housing, Oceans, Short Pieces - GTC

Black Friday Binge

I love Black Friday, MY favorite event of year. After stuffing myself Thanksgiving Day I’m ready to stand in A crowd of cold shoppers. We feel like Christmas is about here, panting, pushing, and groaning, and finally cheer when through glass we see them coming to open THE store. I’m A pretty big guy, almost […]

Also posted in Christmas, Short Pieces - GTC, Stores, Thanksgiving

The Next President

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, Iran, Israel, Middle East, Mitt Romney, Nuclear Weapons

Romney Pummels Obama in First Debate

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, Health, Mitt Romney, Television

Romney’s Preparations for Republican Convention Speech

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in 60 Minutes, Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, Homosexuals, Israel, Mitt Romney, Politics, Republicans, Russia, Vladimir Putin

Alarmed by “2016 Obama’s America”

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Africa, Argentina, Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, Communism, Conservatives, Dinesh D'Souza, Europe, Jeremiah Wright, Kenya, Malaysia, Middle East, Movies, Nuclear Weapons, Palestine, Republicans, Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Singapore, Socialism, South Africa

Savings

Pushing hand between armrest and cushion of ragged sofa, I searched for unknown artifacts and pulled out faded savings pass book revealing thirty years ago had opened account with hundred dollars, inauspicious total for man in twenties. Two weeks later I needed ninety dollars. That happens when make few hundred monthly. I still rebuilt balance […]

Also posted in Cars & Driving, George Thomas Clark, Housing, Short Pieces - GTC

Executive Confusion

New executives understand little about business yet often rudely give nonsensical orders to experienced professionals. Pros are quite upset but executives proclaim way of future. They never actually learned any way but no matter since all have special degree authorizing to transform ignorance into arrogance. Expect more problems until system changes. It will change when […]

Also posted in Employment, Psychology, Short Pieces - GTC

Obama v. Romney in Number$

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, Mitt Romney, Poetry - GTC, Republicans

Enforcement

money men who rage against crime appreciate stylish new gallows on wall street

Also posted in Capital Punishment, Crime, Employment, Poetry - GTC, Poverty, Wall Street

Iron Women

iron curtain lifted and shoved into bones of women looking west

Also posted in Communism, Europe, Immigration, Marriage, Mental Health, Poetry - GTC

Profile of a Suit

if he bombs pollutes and steals he’ll be wearing a suit

Also posted in Bombs, Clothes, Poetry - GTC, Psychology

Romney Cares

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Campaign 2012, Mitt Romney, Poetry - GTC, Politics, Poverty

State of the Union

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, George S. Patton, George W. Bush, Immigration, Iran, Iraq, Lyndon Johnson, Mexico, Mitt Romney, Nuclear Weapons, Poetry - GTC, Richard Nixon

Amiri Baraka Clears Mind

decades ago when poet amiri baraka’s surname jones rebuked for obscenity by langston hughes in essay “that boy leroi” boy now almost eighty on stage with fiftyish daughter at hammer museum and can’t remember abstract impressionist painter who dripped jackson pollock she said and the mexican muralist my man diego rivera she said baraka generally […]

Also posted in Amiri Baraka, Art, Charles White, Diego Rivera, Duke Ellington, Hammer Museum, Jackson Pollock, Music, Painters, Poetry, Poetry - GTC, Poverty

Concerned Citizen

eli constantly rails online denouncing greedy bemoaning hungry as shoves more food into belly

Also posted in Food, Internet, Poetry - GTC, Poverty

Sign Holder

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Homeless, Iraq, Mental Health, Poetry - GTC, Poverty, War

Trickle Down

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Poetry - GTC, Texas

Executive Prowess

executives eat wallow and dump in your face

Also posted in Poetry - GTC, Politics, Wall Street

Wall Street Bonus

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Poetry - GTC, Wall Street

Interview with Rick Perry

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Abortion, Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, Capital Punishment, Civil War - American, Guns, Immigration, Rick Perry, Texas

Inside Job

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Alan Greenspan, Barack Obama, Ben Bernanke, Debt, Federal Reserve, John Glenn, John McCain, Lawrence Summers, Matt Damon, Movies, Ronald Reagan

Arnold Schwarzenegger Must be President

I know many of you believe I failed as Governor of California and am now indisputably a cur since I fathered a child, now age thirteen, with a member of my domestic household staff. You sympathize with my wife, Maria Shriver, because she long endured my infidelities and didn’t learn of this one until recently, […]

Also posted in Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barack Obama, Bodybuilding, California, Debt, George W. Bush, Maria Shriver, Marriage, Movies, Real Estate

CEOs Jailed, The Rolling Stones Take Over

Until recently I would’ve simply fired all criminal CEOs and unholy underlings who preside over multi-billion-dollar annual losses yet reward themselves millions in bonuses, which, in a sane world, would be extra money paid for jobs especially well done. These brigands have so severely damaged us that a fortnight ago more than ninety percent of […]

Also posted in Anaheim, Charlie Watts, Corporations, Executives, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Music, Ronnie Wood, The Rolling Stones

Blockhead

Riding bull market Bob bought stocks appealing to addled brain and sold U.S. bonds guaranteeing 13.5 percent annually he planned to beat every month. He should’ve begun treatment. After binge phone woke him five p.m. October 19, 1987 when man said, “I heard rumor market dropped 500 points. Possible?” “No, recent weeks stocks down about […]

Also posted in Debt, George Thomas Clark, Housing, Stock Market

Father of Obama

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Alcohol, Barack Obama, Kenya, Mental Health

McCain to Send Substitute to Debate

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Campaign 2008, John McCain

Politicians Condemn Your Debt, Deepen Theirs

I wasn’t looking for anything controversial, just a few quick early-morning facts before I began work.  I suppose I should have been reading an almanac instead of a newspaper, for on one page an article explained why many people are sinking in credit card debt and on the other side a headline announced the United […]

Also posted in Debt, Politics

Arnold Acting on Budget

Doesn’t Arnold look good?  No matter what the camera angle or lightning, day or night, inside or outside, that rascal is chiseled and tanned and verily glowing with handsomeness and charm.  You know it.  He’s got a hell of a smile, too, at once split-front toothy and warm and empathetic.  It’s a smile full of […]

Also posted in Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bodybuilding, California, Debt, Movies