In terms of transparency, the 2016 presidential election is seriously lacking.
Okay, I’m going to mention this once, get it out of the way, and hope that’s the end of it. But at the same time, I feel the need to say something. I begin with two statements:
Does transparency matter?
As anyone who has looked at my figure knows, food is my favorite dish. Well, most food, anyway. Because of this, I sometimes find myself musing on the subject.
Disclaimer: I am a young, white male. You may have noticed as much from looking at the photo directly to the right. That’s me. As a result, I have absolutely no idea what it means to be a black person in America. I don’t intend to pretend as if I do, either. I have, however, spoken with young African-Americans who do know what it’s like, and I have done my homework on the impact certain legislation has had on the black community.
It’s kind of a hodgepodge today, folks:
Donald Trump will be heading to Detroit on Saturday to visit a black church in an attempt to court African American voters and show America that he is not a racist. It’s likely, however, that ship has long since sailed, because as the polls suggest, the Donald is on the verge of an election of historical proportions. And not in a good way.
I was barely aware of the noise the first time, but it got my attention. Then it happened again: Whack. Not long after was another whack. Then a klonk. It was coming from out back.
Ever since the housing market collapse ushered in the Great Recession in the late 2000s, economists have kept their eyes peeled for the next impending market bubble. So far, nothing has come across the horizon that resembles anything quite like what we experienced a decade ago. And thanks to Dodd-Frank, banks can’t stockpile synthetic bonds made up of collateralized debt obligations – in this case, bundled subprime mortgage loans – financed with 20 to 30 times leverage, which coupled with tumbling housing prices led to that recession.
“Another school year has begun.” I’ve noticed that over the years, the meaning of that simple sentence has gone through some dramatic changes – at least for me. Whether those changes are good, is, well, open to interpretation.