Tag Archives: Roger Baker

Roger Baker :
POVERTY | We need a federal solution to homelessness

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has been ordered by Gov. Abbott to make the homeless camps under the Austin freeways go away. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | March 25, 2021 AUSTIN — The following is from an article … Continue reading

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Roger Baker :
TRANSPORTATION | Is widening I-35 Austin’s biggest
boondoggle ever?

It costs too much and does too little. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | January 14, 2021 AUSTIN — I think I can make the case that widening I-35 through Central Austin is the biggest boondoggle ever, because … Continue reading

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Roger Baker :
ECONOMICS | The economy of the pandemic

What was unbalanced before can’t be restored to the previous exponential growth state. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | May 17, 2020 The whole global system of finance capital is so loaded down with unrepayable fiat currency debt … Continue reading

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Roger Baker :
METRO | Austin area transportation planning update

Now is a good time to pause and reflect. I-35 in downtown Austin. Photo by Todd Morris / Flickr / Creative Commons. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | April 16, 2020 AUSTIN — The federally-required CAMPO planning process … Continue reading

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Martha Mercado / Roger Baker :
METRO | Poor People’s Campaign
comes to Austin

Demonstrators in 30 states call for a moral revival. By Martha Mercado | Photos by Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | May 23, 2018 AUSTIN — On Monday, May 14, 2018, Texas was one of over 30 states to … Continue reading

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Roger Baker :
The emerging split within the U.S.
Democratic Party

The Perez wing, which is not hostile to Bernie Sanders, seems ready to discuss class oppression. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | June 20, 2017 The Hill, which is widely read by Washington politicians and is rather centrist-liberal … Continue reading

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Roger Baker :
METRO | Is TxDOT near the end of the road?

I compare TxDOT to a drunk who has run up a big bar tab and, knowing that he can’t pay, orders another round and prays for a miracle. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | June 16, 2016 “…income … Continue reading

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Roger Baker :
METRO | Austin transportation follies: $4 billion on IH-35 is a fool’s game

Widening roads in cities like Austin only makes congestion worse as political pressure works against smart transportation planning. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | March 17, 2016 Don’t get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to … Continue reading

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Roger Baker :
OK, deflation has arrived. Now what?

The global situation is in its deflationary, cascading-default phase, where entire countries can go broke from bad petrodollar-denominated debt. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | January 27, 2016 “Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up” — … Continue reading

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Roger Baker :
What’s up with the global economy, and where do we go from here?

A deflationary spiral, such as is now becoming evident globally, acts as a natural poison. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | October 25, 2015 It now appears that the grand yearly addition to total human wealth, the global … Continue reading

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Roger Baker :
METRO | Risky business in Central Texas: The toll road bond gamble

Wall Street won’t insure the new CTRMA toll road debt at an affordable cost because of its high risk. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | September 14, 2015 AUSTIN — The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, or CTRMA, … Continue reading

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Roger Baker :
METRO | Is cheaper driving here to stay?

Gasoline may stay cheap until we burn through the current market glut in perhaps a year. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | September 14, 2015 [This article was written as a companion piece to Roger Baker’s Rag Blog … Continue reading

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