The Macroeconomics of Girls

    girls, income inequality

    In HBO’s Girls Hannah Horvath, a precocious Oberlin grad moves to The Big Apple, where she interns at a publishing house for two years–entirely on her parents’ dime. A reliable foundation for a privileged American success story? One would hope. ButGirls is not about the guarantee of The (or even “an”) American Dream to this protagonist’s upper-middle-class demographic. […]

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    Louisiana Spends More on Juvenile Justice Than Three Other States Spend

    and, apparently, our legislators are angry about that: From TP: Louisiana lawmakers question youth prison costsby The Associated Press Thursday April 09, 2009, 7:27 AMBATON ROUGE — Figures that show Louisiana pays well above several other Southern states to imprison its juvenile offenders prompted angry complaints from state lawmakers.Louisiana spends more than $115,000 annually for […]

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    Jindal’s Budget: Bait and Switch

    From Times Picayune: To keep the budget in balance, the administration is proposing to use $943 million of the estimated $3.6 billion Louisiana will receive from the federal stimulus bill. The remaining stimulus money would be used in the following fiscal year. Most of the stimulus money would be used to offset cuts in health […]

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    Recall Bobby Jindal: Here’s How. Alternate Title: Bobby Jindal’s War on Louisiana is Over. (If you want it.)

    I will be editing this post, probably several times, because I have just thoroughly read Bobby Jindal’s new state budget proposal (above). Clear evidence that your government is waging war on you (and I mean “you” if you live in this state) is the psychological equivalent of a blunt force trauma. At least a short […]

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    Jindal Holds the Jobless Hostage in Bid for Political Power

    As the man many Republicans tout as “the new face” of the Party of No, our governor finds it necessary to fly in the face of most economists, who consider the extension of unemployment benefits the most stimulative aspect of Obama’s recovery package. Jindal initially claimed that he may well refuse all aid offered from […]

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    The State Capitol on State Jobs in Higher Education and Health Care

    from TP: “It’s hard to cut this beast. You have to starve this beast,” House Speaker Jim Tucker, R-Algiers, said of the growing job rolls. “You have to force efficiencies through tight budgeting.” Getting a handle on Louisiana’s payroll will take more than management adjustments, said Sally Selden, a Lynchburg College management professor who runs […]

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    Bobby Jindal Screws Higher Education Once Again

    To: The UNO Community From: Timothy P. Ryan, Chancellor Date: December 15, 2008 Re: Mid-Year Budget Reduction Earlier today, the Louisiana Legislature through the Revenue Estimating Conference accepted a shortfall in state generated revenues of $341 million this year and predicted a shortfall of $2 billion for next year. This reduction in general fund revenues […]

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    9-1-?

    Here’s a comment I left at The Field Negro on 9/1 in response to some commenters who felt it necessary to inform each other that New Orleanians should come to terms with the dangers of living below sea level and move somewhere else because we are doomed. I want to make it clear that The […]

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    To Students In My Online Course

    Photo: marlandova I did not send the following message: Taking this course, or any course online, unless you are among a quite rare breed of self-motivators, will compromise your educational experience. But because you are enrolled (and I teach) at a third-tier university, hungry for your tuition dollars without especial concern for the quality of […]

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    The Perfect Candidate

    Over evacuation, I met the nicest person — a socially responsible, Obama-supporting Democrat who told me that she had recently done Karl Rove’s nails. He owns a beach house in her area and came into the establishment where she works. Because she is not the owner, she did not have the authority to oust him. […]

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