Questions, questions, questions — from the serious to the somewhat silly but with no easy answers — have piled up in my notes. It’s time for a spring cleaning.
How about just letting Warren Buffett buy every company in America and get it over with?
The Fed gives bankers money at 0.25 percent that they can lend out at 4 percent. How’s that for government-subsidized work?
Why don’t more people realize that business executives rather than politicians control their lives?
Did you know that for the first time on record, the average hourly earnings of production and nonsupervisory employees in durable-goods manufacturing have dropped below that of private nonfarm production and nonsupervisory employees? Bloomberg View columnist Justin Fox noted that durable-goods workers now make $20.79 an hour while private-sector workers make $20.89.
Henry Ford’s $5-a-day wage would be equivalent to what today? ($116.48, or $14.56 an hour.)
The next time Rolling Stone uncovers a scandal that forces someone from a job, will anybody remember that the magazine’s editors kept their posts after the UVa hoax rape story?
Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative is just asking: Does the system treat the rich and guilty better than it treats the poor and innocent?
Why aren’t more doctor’s offices open over the weekends so people don’t have to take time off from work to get health care?
Isn’t political gridlock good because an optimum solution hasn’t yet arisen despite what partisans think about the rightness of their proposals?
Why are we afraid of a tiny interest rate increase?
New York Times columnist Thomas B. Edsall asks: Has American business lost its mojo? Do you agree with MIT economist Daron Acemoglu’s answer?
“It’s becoming more and more difficult to run a successful business in the United States without doing lobbying, campaign contributions and other deals with politicians. This I think is the most dangerous, I would even say nefarious, trend for the creativity of American business in general and young and new businesses, which we badly need in particular.”
How low will oil go?
Is the coming U.S. Supreme Court decision on Obamacare the most momentous in a generation?
Going to a single-payer health care system may be a good idea, but won’t we just replace one set of problems with another?
Do you know that many countries have achieved universal health care without a single-payer system?
So why don’t we just fix Obamacare’s problems?
Who lost Yemen?
Why doesn’t President Barack Obama realize that talking like a Republican tough guy on foreign policy may be the best way to avoid acting like one?
Climate change is real, but is it calamitous?
Is the U.S. economy slowing or did it just have a bad first quarter?
Driverless cars. Driverless trucks. Pilotless passenger planes?
Or should we bring back flight engineers?
Will passengers in self-driving cars be more prone to motion sickness?
Why hasn’t somebody invented a market-ready 100 mpg internal combustion engine yet?
How can musicians survive on the paltry payments from streaming services?
Why do theaters run horror flick previews before children’s movies?
Why do I think today’s grads are getting better educations than when I was in college?
How come Starbucks doesn’t have more stores in inner cities?
Do you still like getting business cards?
CDs or CDOs? (Sorry, but look it up.)
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure: international man of mystery?
Why are the administration and its trade negotiators so secretive about the details of the Trans Pacific Partnership?
Would you rather have 10 people fighting it out for your political party’s presidential nomination or have one person nail down the nod early?
Why didn’t the baby boom generation save more for retirement?
What makes anybody think Social Security benefits will be enough to get by on?
Don’t you love meetings where everybody just stares at smartphones?
Why does it seem that everybody’s so scared of everything?
Don’t you love it when a family written obituary honestly reports that the deceased was a jerk?
Will the labor movement really be able to stave off irrelevancy with its living wage push?
Uber and out?