Herman Berliner

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February 5, 2012
I am today philosophically close to where I was when I was in graduate school.  I am a middle of the road economist.  I recognize the importance of government fiscal and monetary policy and yet government needs to make sure it doesn’t micromanage where it isn’t necessary, and government needs to make sure that the laws are constructed in the fairest way possible.
January 29, 2012
Our local school board, of which I am vice president, recently held an open town hall meeting.  The meeting was very well attended and the individuals present represented a broad spectrum of local opinion. 
January 23, 2012
I’m a car person as you may have gathered from previous blogs.  But it actually makes good sense to be an economist who also happens to be a car person given the important role that the automobile industry has played and continues to play, for good or bad, in our economy.
January 15, 2012
Last year at this time, as a result of a snow storm, my family and I spent over two days at Newark Airport and ultimately returned home without ever getting on an airplane to take a scheduled vacation in Hawaii.  Newark is a nice airport but it can’t compare to spending time in paradise.  This year, we decided to stay local and all in all it was a very low key relaxing week with lots of much appreciated family time.  Also lots of time for movies and shows.
January 8, 2012
I just finished listening to the Sam Eshagoff interview on 60 Minutes. Before I comment on the interview, I would like to commend 60 Minutes for decades of worthwhile news and human interest coverage. 60 Minutes remains a leading example of TV at its best.  
December 5, 2011
I had a terrific experience as a doctoral student. The courses, the faculty, the other students all made for a wonderful educational journey.
November 27, 2011
The news from the congressional supercommittee was not surprising. No budget deal – meaning we now will have an automatic triggering of across-the-board budget reductions. What a bad decision by our Congressional leaders, what a bad impact for our economy, and what a failure to read the will of the public.
November 20, 2011
This month, Chevrolet turns 100 years old. Happy Birthday Chevrolet. In the Chevy line-up over the years are many of the models that I fell in love with when I was growing up.
November 13, 2011
About a week ago one of my earliest students was appointed superintendent of a very important neighboring school district. He was a very smart student more than 35 years ago and he is still smart today. The students will benefit greatly from his leadership and my sense of pride is enormous in recognition of his accomplishments. I have stayed in touch with this particular alum over the years. We even played tennis a number of times but I am a better educator and economist than I am a tennis player so the tennis matches were few and far between.
November 6, 2011
As I’m walking in a midtown subway station, a group starts yelling "Occupy Wall Street, all day and all night" over and over again. And this is followed by "We are the 99 percent" also over and over again.  The message is clear whether it is delivered in Zuccoti Park, in a subway station or anywhere across the country.

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