Daily Archives: May 25, 2012

Native American Facts

Of course, Scott Brown is not going to let this go. Fortunately, I am not in charge of the Elizabeth Warren campaign, or I would start asking Scott Brown why he refuses to name the person who, according to Brown’s book, molested him when he was at summer camp. He needs to come clean, and stop protecting a child molester.

‘Fair and square’ pricing? That’ll never work, JC Penney. We like being shafted

MSNBC has the story ‘Fair and square’ pricing? That’ll never work, JC Penney. We like being shafted.

I might add that we like our politics that way, too.

To be a little less cynical, I’ll include this quote from the MSNBC story.

To oversimplify for a moment, here’s Penney’s problem. They told the world that retailers only offer their best prices during crazy sales, and Penney stores would no longer host them. Sensible consumers apparently took that information to heart and decided to simply wait for such sales at other stores. As an added benefit, Penney lowered consumers’ search costs, because they now knew they didn’t need to bother driving to a Penney’s store anymore.

I have seen successful attempts at carrying off the policy of un-“shrouded price tags”.  In Dallas, Texas there was a company called Three Day Tire Store.  It opened only three days per week.  It ran massive newspaper adds full of consumer advice on buying tires.  It drew massive crowds of customers, including me.  I was happy with my purchase as compared to the shrouded incompetence I experienced buying tires from Sears.  I am not so sure about the longevity of the company, though.  In the end, there may just not have been enough consumers that wanted an education.

Put Out A Prairie Fire With Gasoline

USA Today has actually chosen a different sound bite to headline this story.  They use Obama: Romney offers ‘cowpie of distortion’.

I prefer the headline I chose.  According to President Obama, Mitt Romney went to Iowa and described the current slow down in government spending as a “Prairie Fire Of Debt”.  He then described Romney’s prescription as putting out the supposed prairie fire of debt by using the gasoline equivalent of an extra $5 trillion in tax cuts.

In describing the costs and benefits of Romney’s business practices, you can tell by all I have written about them on this blog, that I would not be and am not nearly as charitable about them as President Obama is.