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Professor Homer is Not Happy About Trump Panel Discussion at Elizabethtown College (includes unsolicited response)

Apr 27th, 2016 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

Editor’s note: Sanjay Paul is an Associate Professor of Economics at Elizabethtown College.  As for Homer, we are not exactly sure who he is.  He may be the ghost of the ancient author or, perhaps, the human manifestation of the popular television personality.  Many scholars believe that Homer may not be a single person and they hypothesize that he may represent several of the many personalities with whom Dr. Paul travels.  April 25, 2016 Homer attended a panel discussion on the Trump phenomenon the other day. Held in Elizabethtown College, the event featured speakers from different disciplines. One of the[Read more...]

The Education of Mitt Romney

Mar 5th, 2016 | By | Category: Front Page, News

Mitt Romney has attacked Trump in very harsh terms. Washington Post reports: “Here’s what I know,” Romney said. “Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.” Four years ago, as a presidential candidate, Romney had made a pilgrimage to New York to seek Trump’s blessings (and possibly his cash). At the time, notes CNN, Romney praised Trump for “an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy[Read more...]

Choosing the Heads of the IMF and World Bank

Dec 18th, 2015 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

Dec 18, 2015 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) are two major components of the international financial system. They were established at the end of World War II, with differing objectives. The IMF was meant to provide short-term loans to member countries that found themselves in balance-of-payments crises—typically situations where countries were running short of foreign-exchange reserves to finance imports of necessary goods. The WB’s original mission was to provide financing for the reconstruction of Western Europe; but this goal being quickly met, the attention of the WB turned to issues of the developing world, viz.[Read more...]

Homer Ponders New Rules for the GOP Debates

Nov 2nd, 2015 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

  Editor’s note: Homer is the author’s alter ego or fantasy nemesis or a distant relative.  We are not sure. He couldn’t believe it. Homer was watching the third GOP candidates’ debate, and was shocked to see the CNBC moderators ask the presidential contenders one “gotcha” question after another. Did they have no respect for the distinguished people standing at their podiums? Trump, Carson, Bush, Rubio—no one was spared the ignominy of having to answer questions that were clearly meant to embarrass them. Why, oh why, couldn’t CNBC have trotted out a more respectable lineup of questioners? Ted Cruz suggested[Read more...]

Another Case of Regulations Strangling Entrepreneurship in Pennsylvania? Homer Investigates

Oct 17th, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page, News

  Where’s the damn outrage, said Homer to the crack staff of EJ in a recent interview. Homer was talking about a case brought against Chaka Fattah Jr, the son of a Philadelphia congressman, who himself is being investigated by the FBI on corruption charges, Where to begin, said Homer heavily, as the EJ staff nodded sympathetically. They had heard about the heavy hand of regulations being brought to bear against this noble father-son duo who, after all, were engaging in their God-given right to pursue life, liberty and happiness (and a little bit of extra cash.) According to media[Read more...]

Dream Team for 2016

Jul 25th, 2015 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

Noted diplomat Dennis Rodman is not content to rest on laurels. You may recall that last year, he single-handedly undertook a dangerous mission to North Korea where, through a game-theoretic strategy involving high-stakes basketball, he managed to disarm the Little Dictator and make the United States North Korea’s BFF. Upon his return to America, he was rewarded by the media with glowing testimonials to his courage, statesmanship, and choice of nose rings. And now, Rodman has outdone himself! He has managed to bring order to what was increasingly becoming an unruly fight for the Republican presidential nomination. He has come[Read more...]

The Year of Living Dangerous

Jan 19th, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page, News

A recent mis-spelling of Adolf in the Bonhoeffer article (Jan. 17) is perhaps the first instance of a slip-up by the crack staff of EJ which has otherwise built up an enviable reputation for scrupulous attention to language. Words, sentences, paragraphs are all scrutinized keenly before they are approved for public release. No complaints have ever been made about incorrect, or even injudicious, usage in the newspaper—such has been the tenacity with which the EJ editors have guarded the English language. These strenuous efforts are being made by the EJ editors in the face of increasing laxity in the outside[Read more...]

EJ Editor, concerned about income inequality, charges special rate for speaking at college

Nov 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

Hillary Clinton has been taking flak over her speaker fees. For a recent speech given at UCLA, Clinton earned $300,000, which, she said, was a special rate for universities (1). But more details have now emerged about her requirements for the appearance—the style and color of the executive armchairs she would be sitting in, choice of beverages in the green room, a scanner that the university had to go out and buy (who uses a stand-alone scanner these days?) But these details do not come as a surprise to Homer, who recently invited the executive editor of EJ to give[Read more...]

Falling crime rates, but more justifiable homicide by police

Nov 13th, 2014 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

  First, the good news. Violent crime is falling. The estimated number of violent crimes in 2013 was 4.4 percent lower than in 2012. The estimated number of property crimes also fell, by 4.1 percent. (FBI Crime Statistics for 2013) But the news on justifiable homicide by police, defined as killing of a felon by a law enforcement officer in the line of duty, is more troubling. In 2013, there were 461 such deaths, up from 397 in 2010. (FBI Crime in the United States 2013)     Justifiable Homicide by Weapon, Law Enforcement 2009–2013 Year Total 2009 414 2010[Read more...]

Justices behaving badly (Commentary)

Nov 11th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page, News

What’s up with Pennsylvania’s judges? They seem to be trying to outdo each other in avarice, venality, and sheer idiocy. First, untrammeled greed and the case of privatized prisons. In 2009, a county judge was sentenced to 28 years in jail for sending hundreds of juveniles to prison for minor indiscretions and pocketing cash from the for-profit detention centers. He had also received cash from the builder of the facilities. But the real tragedy is the blighted lives of the youngsters who spent years in jail and then found it difficult to re-enter society. Transferring prisons to the private sector[Read more...]