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16 08, 2011

The Debt Super Committee Has a Woman Problem

By | August 16th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

Take a nice long look at this composite photo of the members of the Senate "Super Committee" on our country's debt.  See anything unusual about this crew that's been tasked with saving us another $1.5 trillion over the next decade?  I guess it depends on your point of view, but this crowd looks an awful [...]

25 07, 2011

Understanding the Debt Ceiling Crisis is Easy: It’s About Them, Not Us

By | July 25th, 2011|Democrats, Economy, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|9 Comments

It should come as no surprise to anyone that the little boys in Washington, D.C. who pretend to be the men who run our country have walked away from the single most important thing they need to do -- keeping our economy from defaulting.  But at the rate that things are going, Speaker of the [...]

7 12, 2010

Five Budget Holiday Gifts for Congress

By | December 7th, 2010|Democrats, Economy, Republicans|2 Comments

As Congress and the President have been battling it out over who is getting holiday "gifts" of tax cuts and other legislative goodies, it's made me think that maybe we should be giving them a little something for the December holidays, as well.  Nothing fancy because, well, as much as they want us to think [...]

19 02, 2010

Mothers of Intention — While I’m at Mom 2.0 Summit

By | February 19th, 2010|Feminism, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|0 Comments

As I'm getting getting ready for my Mom 2.0 panel today, I wanted to leave you with some good reading for the weekend.  What better way than to recommend a few Mothers of Intention?! One of my favorite economy gurus is my fellow MOMocrat Cyn.  She has a great post this week entitled, 10 Things [...]

19 10, 2009

PunditMom One Year Ago — Would the Economy be Different if They Had Listened to "The Girl?"

By | October 19th, 2009|Economy, Women in Politics|2 Comments

As I ponder stories about Elizabeth Warren, the head of the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel, as well as the almost simultaneous creation and tearing down of the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency, I was reminded of this post I wrote a year ago about how things might be different if our testosterone-laden financial services industry [...]

19 05, 2009

Katie Couric and Children of the Recession

By | May 19th, 2009|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mothers of Intention|3 Comments

There's been plenty written about the banks, mortgages, Tim Geithner, AIG and other esoteric aspects of why our world economy is in the tank. So you might be a little recession-fatigued when it comes to news coverage. But bear with me. There are some stories you should see that might actually make a difference for [...]

27 03, 2009

What if “Women’s Work” was Centerpiece of the Stimulus Package?

By | March 27th, 2009|Uncategorized|2 Comments

I know you might be wondering what glue I’ve been sniffing to wonder aloud about what our economic recovery could look like if “women’s work” was valued in the way men’s always has been. I don’t mean the stereotypical world of motherhood and careers limited to nursing and teaching. I mean the work of all [...]

20 03, 2009

When it Comes to Ruth Madoff, Whose Money is it Anyway?

By | March 20th, 2009|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

Ruth Madoff and I have something in common. No, Mr. PunditMom hasn't been running his own multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme and I can guarantee you we don't have a chateau in France or a getaway home in Florida. But I think Ruth and I are both going to be getting back to clipping coupons, scanning [...]

15 03, 2009

Dear AIG, I’ve Solved Your Bonus Problem!

By | March 15th, 2009|Uncategorized|23 Comments

I don't practice law anymore, but after having contract law in my head for over 15 years, there are still a few tidbits bouncing around in there. Maybe I'd be better off if that wasn't the case, because then this whole crapola story about AIG not being able to get out of paying $165 million [...]

26 02, 2009

Punditry & the Flu Go Together Like … ???

By | February 26th, 2009|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

OK, I'm too sick to put together the rest of the analogy, but even when I'm feeling all head-achey and chilled, actually lying on the sofa with the afghan keeping me as warm as possible, it's hard to let go of the laptop.Really. I'm just kind of geeky that way. Last night as I was [...]

26 02, 2009

Did John Boehner Just Eat a Sour Pickle or is He Just Plotting his Revenge?

By | February 26th, 2009|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

This picture of John Boehner and Eric Cantor during President Obama's speech to Congress really sums it up about the GOP -- sour pickle man and his note taker plotting the demise of economic recovery.Seriously, why is it impossible for them to even act a little bit like they'd be delighted to see the country [...]

25 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Spin Cycle Monday — Amendments, Sexism and the Year of the Ox

By | January 25th, 2009|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

Does the Constitution need another amendment? Russ Feingold thinks so. Maybe you do too, if you live in New York or Illinois.Lots of people, including myself, wondered if Caroline Kennedy had the experience to be New York Senator. Cokie Roberts made a good point on Sunday about that standard not being applied to Michael Bloomberg [...]

15 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Spin Cycle Thursday — Sarah Palin Hates Us & More Confirmation Hearings

By | January 15th, 2009|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

Lots of good stuff this morning!Sarah Palin is getting testier in an interview with Esquire magazine about those of us she calls "bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie." Just when you thought you were out, she pulls you back in!Confirmation hearings are getting underway this morning for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder and Homeland Security [...]

15 12, 2008

I Guess I Have a Valid Point

By | December 15th, 2008|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

Two months ago, I was wondering here and at The Huffington Post what would have happened if a really smart woman on the economic and securities front had been listened to and hadn't been railroaded by "the guys." Today, I saw this at The Daily Beast .... Hmmm. Seem familiar??Even though I worked at the [...]

12 12, 2008

Who’s More Worried About the Economy — Barack Obama or You?

By | December 12th, 2008|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

Up until the last couple of days, I was sure that the economy and its sad, sad shape occupied the top spot on Barack Obama's worry list as President-elect. That pesky Illinois Governor seems to have knocked Obama off-message and off-stride, but I'm hoping he'll get his attention back to where it needs to be [...]

7 12, 2008

Going into Debt for Obama?

By | December 7th, 2008|Economy|8 Comments

Barack Obama seems to be working overtime to come up with a plan to keep our economy from completely going in the tank.He's given speeches talking about how it's not going to be easy and that we'll all need to make sacrifices to put our collective finances back on track -- if that's possible after [...]

6 12, 2008

PunditMom’s ‘Time to Get the Tree’ Quick Hits!

By | December 6th, 2008|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

If we're going to get the Christmas tree, this weekend seems to be the time, thought Mr. PunditMom isn't so excited about schlepping it into the house. While we're out doing that, here are a few things to ponder as we inch closer to our respective holidays:You want to lose a few pounds before the [...]

4 12, 2008

Big Three Automakers vs. My Parents

By | December 4th, 2008|Moms & Politics|7 Comments

Dear Congress,Have I got a deal for you!The CEOs of the big three automakers keep asking for billions of dollars in handouts and "emergency bridge loans" from you, well, actually from me and about 300 million others like me. I can see both sides of the bail-out vs. Chapter 11 bankruptcy argument, so I'm not [...]

3 12, 2008

Wednesday Quick Hits — Say WHAT?!

By | December 3rd, 2008|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Just when I think I can't write anymore about the sexist attitudes that pervade our world, someone else surprises me with something I can't let go.Check out the comments made by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell about Homeland Security Secretary-designate and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. We have not come a long way, baby.Turns out we've been [...]

30 11, 2008

How I Know We’re in for a Rough Economic Ride

By | November 30th, 2008|Moms & Politics|5 Comments

I'm not an economist, and I don't play one on TV. But regardless of what the likes of Senator Saxby Chambliss and George Will have to say, it's clear we are still on a downward trend with the economy, and no one can see the bottom of that pit just yet.How do I know if [...]

24 11, 2008

Citigroup Bailout — Think Lobbyists Had Anything to do With It?

By | November 24th, 2008|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

One question that keeps getting asked, but really hasn't been answered has been, " If the government is so willing to bail-out Wall Street, where is the help for Main Street?"I think the problem is that Main Street doesn't give a lot of money to campaigns and or lobbyists.Citigroup? According to OpenSecrets, in 2008 Citigroup [...]

24 11, 2008

PunditMom’s Monday Morning Quick Hits — Economy & More

By | November 24th, 2008|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

Another weekend, another bailout. Did you see this one coming with Citigroup?Barack Obama's economic team gets announced today at noon.Howard Kurtz apparently has a thing for Michelle Obama's arms.You thought I was crazy raising the specter of the Michelle Obama and Mommy Wars? Looks like it's just getting started.Michael Milken wants a presidential pardon. Remember [...]

13 11, 2008

Hangin’ with the MOMocrats!

By | November 13th, 2008|Moms & Politics|5 Comments

Looking for me? I'm over at MOMocrats today with some thoughts on the Big Three automakers.Can you say 'stupid and shortsighted?'Yeah, I said it -- stupidity and shortsightedness. What else can you say about companies who have put their collective heads in the sand and ignored the demand of consumers for smaller, more fuel efficient [...]

23 10, 2008

PunditMom Says Go Read This: Will Democrats Kill Your 401(k)?

By | October 23rd, 2008|Economy|0 Comments

The short answer is, "NO!"Karoli at Bang the Drum has written a great post on why you shouldn't listen to this line from the GOP:... if you follow news about 401k plans, you might find some pretty scary headlines like this one or this one, where the writers contend that the Democrats want to take [...]

17 10, 2008

I’m Up, I’m Down. Where are You?

By | October 17th, 2008|Economy|4 Comments

No, I'm not talking about the big 5-0 this week.I'm talking about the stock market, my blood pressure and now the heartburn I'm feeling over where we are in this crazy, messed up economic world we're living in. It turns out I'm not the only one having a lot of tsurris over this.There's so much [...]

17 10, 2008

I'm Up, I'm Down. Where are You?

By | October 17th, 2008|Economy|4 Comments

No, I'm not talking about the big 5-0 this week.I'm talking about the stock market, my blood pressure and now the heartburn I'm feeling over where we are in this crazy, messed up economic world we're living in. It turns out I'm not the only one having a lot of tsurris over this.There's so much [...]

15 10, 2008

Would the Economy be Different if They Had Listened to “The Girl?”

By | October 15th, 2008|Economy|2 Comments

Even though I worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission for a number of years, trying to explain things like derivatives was never my strong suit. I got the whole concept of futures trading when I took my Agricultural Law class in law school (my farmer dad was VERY proud when I aced that puppy!), [...]

15 10, 2008

Would the Economy be Different if They Had Listened to "The Girl?"

By | October 15th, 2008|Economy|2 Comments

Even though I worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission for a number of years, trying to explain things like derivatives was never my strong suit. I got the whole concept of futures trading when I took my Agricultural Law class in law school (my farmer dad was VERY proud when I aced that puppy!), [...]

10 10, 2008

Barbarians, Masters & Thieves

By | October 10th, 2008|Economy|6 Comments

Over the summer, I took eight-year-old PunditGirl to see the Meet Kit, American Girl movie.For the uninitiated, Kit is the Depression-era girl whose dad loses his job, moves away to look for work and the family ends up taking in boarders and keeping chickens to sell eggs to make ends meet.While there are light-hearted moments, [...]

10 10, 2008

Barbarians, Masters & Thieves

By | October 10th, 2008|Economy|6 Comments

Over the summer, I took eight-year-old PunditGirl to see the Meet Kit, American Girl movie.For the uninitiated, Kit is the Depression-era girl whose dad loses his job, moves away to look for work and the family ends up taking in boarders and keeping chickens to sell eggs to make ends meet.While there are light-hearted moments, [...]