Bill Tatro

Posted April 24, 2014

So Bloomberg does a survey of 67 economists around the nation and they all come to the same conclusion. I’m not sure whether it was a direct oversight or simply that my questionnaire was lost in the mail.

Posted April 22, 2014

I took the long Holiday weekend to do a scouting mission for a future column. What I was most interested in were the work habits of the so called minimum wage employee. I was also interested in how many of these employees carried their “smart” phone with them on the job.

Posted April 19, 2014

The BLM overseas 264 million acres of public land, mostly in the west. The new head of BLM, overwhelmingly approved by Harry Reid’s Senate, is Harry Reid’s former assistant.

Posted April 17, 2014

Disregarding dividends and certain hedge strategies, like call writing, money can be made or lost when a stock goes up and down. Going long or going short gives you the best opportunity of maximizing profit potential regardless of market or stock direction.

Posted April 15, 2014

Finally, the pent up demand that the Keynesians had been shouting about was making its presence felt. Right?

Posted April 10, 2014

It seems so long ago that we were dealing with liar loans, Ninja loans, and a host of other subprime funding vehicles. Perhaps one of the biggest culprits was the General Motors Acceptance Corporation. GMAC was a poster child for what was wrong with the lending practices so prevalent at the time.

Posted April 08, 2014

The Justice Department has explicitly stated that arresting significant figures at financial institutions would be too disruptive to not only the institutions themselves which are the real fabric of Americana (huh?) but also to the economy which is so dependent on their decision making.

Posted April 01, 2014

Many years ago they called it having an edge, knowing a little more than the next guy. In the 20’s it was simply letting a few select insiders have the information about an action before the action was taken. After the crash of ‘29 rules were implemented to discourage the practice of trading on inside information.

Posted March 25, 2014

So now apparently, it is the Venetians who want to break away from the Italians. But isn’t Venice a part of Italy? Apparently they have been emboldened by the actions of the Crimeans in their recent annexation with Russia.

Posted March 22, 2014

Each day the Obama woes keep mounting, until one day the pressure is too much to bear. It seems, every year at this time, President Obama reaches his breaking point, much like the little child desiring to stay home from school.

Posted March 20, 2014

Apparently the good Senator/Ambassador was stunned by the apparent influence he exerted in December on the streets of Kiev when he told the throng (part CIA I am sure) that if the leadership did not link with the EU, people should rise up against the current regime. Be careful what you wish for John.

Posted March 18, 2014

If Miley Cyrus’s songwriting can be considered part of our Gross Domestic Product why can’t a factory in Beijing be considered a part of our manufacturing process. (Did you notice the word process?) Apparently, according to the Obama gang, it can. A manufacturing event doesn’t actually have to have occurred here to be counted.

Posted March 15, 2014

It seems Mr. President that all of a sudden you and I are becoming Pen Pals. Not in the traditional sense because you never write, you never call or even seem to care. But you do respond in the main stream media and so I feel our connection is intact.

Posted March 12, 2014

In the middle of an International crisis, the President (U.S. that is) drew the line in the sand and finally, finally, decided to back up his words with actions... No matter what turmoil is engulfing the world our President will not be deterred from a couple of rounds of golf.

Posted March 07, 2014

Most recently the Labor Department reported that our country’s productivity rose a revised 1.8% in the fourth quarter of 2013. That could be good or bad, depending on your perspective, yet it’s down from a previously reported 3.2% and it’s also substantially lower than the 3.5% rise that was declared for the third quarter of 2013.

Posted March 06, 2014

Apparently, a grand total of sixty United States senators failed their economics and history courses in both high school and college. This would appear to be the truth since a letter signed last September by the said sixty senators clearly points to their complete lack of knowledge when it comes to these two areas of study.

Posted March 04, 2014

As the most recent Sunday television talk shows almost spun out of control, I was certainly struck by the fact that although there are major differences regarding Egypt, Syria, and Ukraine, there’s also a major similarity.

Posted February 27, 2014

Over the past several months, I’ve found myself engaged in numerous conversations with the Millennials, also known as members of Generation Y. Normally, it’s the Baby Boomer set with whom I talk politics, sports, and world events, so it’s definitely been a change of pace.

Posted February 25, 2014

When stock markets are in a bubble mania (contrary to Mr. Greenspan’s opinion), everyone who’s invested in the market feels just like the top 1% — it’s money that’s made by simply pressing a button, going long, and then it’s off to the country club for drinks and a spot of tennis.

Posted February 22, 2014

It just keeps getting better, so here we go again. Socialists always have an agenda, which is to bring up the downtrodden (a noble effort) at the expense of so-called successful individuals (deplorable). In other words, everybody becomes the same as they are controlled by a select few.