From the daily archives: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I nearly executed a perfect spit-take of my Cheerios Saturday morning when I heard Donald Trump’s pitch to black voters to support him because, apparently, why not?

“You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed — what the hell do you have to lose?”

Did I just hear that? Did Donald Trump just tell black people that they are poor, unemployed, poorly educated and they’ve got nothing to lose by voting for him? Tone-deaf doesn’t begin to describe it.

Then I realized, no, he didn’t tell black people that. He […]

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Reporters on a conference call Tuesday with noted African-American leaders, heard Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump roundly criticized for demeaning communities of color, including at a stop in Akron on Monday.

From calling Mexicans “rapists” to painting African Americans as lazy to refusing to disavow his white supremacist supporters, leaders on the call, including Ohio Congressman Marcia Fudge, took issue with Donald Trump’s pattern of degrading communities of color.

Organized by Hillary for America, the press call included Congressman G.K. Butterfield (NC), Congressman Greg Meeks (NY), Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY), Congressman Luis Gutierrez (IL), New York City Council Speaker Melissa […]

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Mainstream media almost always botches monthly job reports, focusing on the unemployment rate with little or no context added.

Plunderbund has been the lone voice, daring month in and month out, to report what other media won’t, that Ohio under Gov. John Kasich hasn’t been able to meet or beat the national job creation average for 43 straight months. As reported here, even the well-respected W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University ranks Ohio in the bottom half of states on various job metrics.

Year-over-year, Ohio ranks 28 in private job creation. In a 12-month moving average […]

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Leave it to a book club discussion about The Great Recession to make you start thinking about things other than financial crashes. Like charter schools, for example.

That’s what happened when our group assembled recently to discuss Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises, former Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner’s book about the implosion of financial markets at the end of the George W. Bush administration.  Geithner defines a stress test as the result of when “Regulators would delve into the books of major financial firms to calculate how much additional capital they would need to survive.”

There was […]

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