Trying to Understand the Bailout Proposal

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

"No way, no how, no bailout." Read his 6 reasons here. [jakerome / Flickr] It's not just Congress and the campaigns that are grappling with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's $700 billion bailout proposal -- citizens are trying to digest it, too. Yves Smith, a finance expert in New York City, is unhappy with ...

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

DeHoll is a grandfather in the DC area who likes to tell stories. This one is visual: in the bread-line statue from FDR's memorial in Washington, DeHoll recalls FDR's Depression-era "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" -- and he mixes it up with current financial-crisis headlines. ...

Not a Game: Housing and the Economy

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Sarolta Cump found these two whimsical allusions to the mortgage crisis at the root of Wall Street's problems. Jerry from Huntsville, Alabama, feels he is one of "untold thousands" on Flickr who are "seeing and capturing life and the world, every day." Despite the playfulness of this montage he ...

Fundamentals of Her Economy

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Renee from the Midwest -- a "goddess" -- takes photos "to chronicle life." Here she documents two things that are affecting most Americans right now: the economy and the election. The woman in this picture was at an Obama rally in Minneapolis last week, and she had a message for ...

Obama’s No-Frills Economy Ad

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 19th, 2008

Foreclosed [shootamins (tags alot!) / Flickr] Feminist Melissa McEwan from the Chicago area (just featured here) really likes Obama's unflashy new two-minute ad about the economy -- though she sees its risks: [A] political ad for adults. I love it. I love the tone of it, I love the content (aside from the ...

Housing and Financial Meltdown

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Maureen Flynn-Burhoe is an artist in Calgary, Canada. She made this mashup back in March but had the foresight to add the shadowy Wall Street bull to the houses -- and voilà -- it represents perfectly what's going on right now: [ocean.flynn / Flickr] Maureen lives in "nonlinear time," so maybe that's ...

Wall Street: Advantage Obama or McCain?

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

[Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com / Flickr] Marty Manley worked in the Labor Department under Clinton and has since become an entrepreneur in California. (We featured him once before here.) He thinks the current Wall Street crisis offers Obama a chance to move the campaign story away from Sarah Palin: Obama should schedule a ...

Regulate or Not?

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

In the headlines worldwide [jovike / Flickr] General Petraeus handed command of MNF-I to General Ray Odierno yesterday -- a moment that might have triggered campaign talk (and invective) about Iraq. But all eyes were on Wall Street -- and on whether its fundamentals are "strong" or in "crisis." The financial ...

Protesting McCain (and Obama) in Denver

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Wan · der · lust -- featured in the last post -- spotted this duelling graffiti in Denver during the convention (hat tip to Misa Dayson): [© wan · der · lust / Flickr] She also chatted very briefly with Manny the ostrich in the 90-degree heat last weekend, just before the ...

New G.I. Bill for Education

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

[Jayel Aheram / Flickr] About a month ago, Congress passed and President Bush signed a new GI Bill proposed by Senator Jim Webb. This is a bill that Bush threatened to veto and McCain opposed (and didn't vote on) because they were afraid it would encourage people to leave the military. ...

Alternative Terrorism

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

James Pence of Glendale, Kentucky, doesn't mince words. He explains here, in a calmly biting commentary on the Bush administration's handling of the economy, healthcare, civil liberties, and other issues central to the election, how he -- if he were a terrorist -- would undermine America: That rocking chair somehow takes ...

Neither McCain Nor Obama Means Change

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

PJ Chmiel from Louisville, Kentucky, is a vegan graphic/web designer who'd like to make his own clothes someday. He was rooting for Kucinich, but now he'd be happy with a choice of Ralph Nader or Cynthia McKinney. He thinks the two-party system is "bullshit" and has no love for McCain ...

Pissed Off at Stimulus Checks

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 11th, 2008

Munchdiggy is a bartender who depends on tips. Those tips are pretty sparse right now because gas and food prices are keeping customers away. So when Uncle Sam promised him a stimulus check and then applied it to his defaulted student loans instead, the only thing it stimulated was munchdiggy's ...

Take Over My House Payments

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 11th, 2008

Today's Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac crisis was a good reminder to feature this photograph by ~gio~. She took it in Lakewood, New Jersey, at the end of May. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) [~gio~ / Flickr] As -sina-, one of the commenters on ~gio~'s photo, says, "Love that both way sign - ...

How to Get Appalachian Votes

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

General store in Butcher Holler, KY [jimmywayne22 / Flickr] Jonathan Gay, aka Cyberhillbilly, grew up on a small tobacco farm in Kentucky's Appalachian mountains. His father was a coal miner. A recovering lawyer, Jonathan now works on economic development. He knows old and new economy, he knows Appalachia, and he thinks he ...

Anti-Illegal-Immigration Activist

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Veronica lives in Southern California and is a "proud far-left Liberal" who is "anti-hate" of any kind. Here she talks with Chelene, a Save Our State anti-illegal-immigration activist. Chelene argues that racism has nothing to do with her stance and that reducing crime and protecting the environment do. (Thanks, ...

Carpooling: Save the Environment and Gas Money

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 13th, 2008

Paul lives in Wichita, Kansas, where he's an aerospace engineer. Somewhere in the eight or so years since he moved there, he decided that it has "the ambiance and excitement of a gravel parking lot." So to relieve the boredom, he took up video making. Oh, and also aerobatic flying ...

Your Economic Stimulus Check

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

[kittykatfish / Flickr] With the recent gas-tax hoopla on the campaign trail, it's been easy to forget that back in January Congress approved a different economic stimulus package. And now many of us are receiving checks from the IRS for several hundred dollars. The other exciting piece of this? We get ...

Gas-Tax Math for McCain

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 2nd, 2008

This sarcastic engineer is armed with a calculator, and he's no fool. He tells John McCain that his proposed summer "gas-tax holiday" (which Clinton supports and Obama opposes) is ridiculous. The engineer figures it will save each American a grand total of 30 dollars. Which, compared to what we'll be ...

Gas Prices

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Beth Fitzgerald, a junk food and photography lover from Gulfport, Mississippi, documented prices at a local gas station earlier this month (via Ann Raber): [bfitz85 / Flickr] The Pete from Los Angeles, California, sold his car about five years ago but is also documenting fuel prices in his hometown. He writes, in ...