Price Differentiation and Class Consciousness

Apparently, more expensive versions of products are often better.


Which ones have you owned?

The End Of The Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen recently announced that it was ending production of one of its most famous and recognizable models. The last Beetle rolls off the assembly line tomorrow.

President Trump Apparently Does Not Like Alcoa

The natural intuition of the aluminum tariff is that it would help Alcoa, the largest manufacturer of aluminum in the U.S. But apparently these things are a bit more complicated that one’s intuition would indicate.

America’s Going Out of the Car Business

Ford, GM, and Chrysler are all moving almost exclusively to trucks, SUVs, and crossovers.

Economic Illiteracy from POTUS

The President provided a contender for most ignorant tweet this morning, as he makes a proposal that would disrupt the global economy.

Dodge Super Bowl Ad Featuring Martin Luther King Jr. Causes Controversy

Dodge is facing controversy this morning for using the words of Martin Luther King Jr. in a Super Bowl commercial, but they’re not the only party who may have some questions to answer.

Electric Cars Suck Less Than People Think

Popular Science is keeping the recent surge of stories on electric vehicles going with “8 Things You Should Know About Electric Cars.”

"The Volt as a brand has become politicized"

Is it possible to have the Volt conversation without it being about politics?

General Motors Headed For Disaster Again?

Think the auto bailout was a success? Think again.

Is Algebra Hurting America?

Andrew Hacker argues that, while quantitative skills are “critical for informed citizenship and personal finance,” making kids master algebra to graduate high school has disastrous consequences.

Obama, Romney, And The Phony Focus On Offshoring

The Obama campaign’s focus on Mitt Romney’s alleged involvement in moving companies overseas is entirely phony.

Why Doesn’t The Middle Class Revolt?

Why isn’t the American middle class and working class angrier at the 1 percent?

Auto Bailout Politics

Romney eked out a win in the Michigan primary. He’s going to have a harder time there in November.

Cash For Clunkers Was A Boondoggle From The Start

It was clear from the start that “Cash For Clunkers” was a bad idea.

Cash for Clunkers: Not Much

The popular program was even less successful than we initially thought.

Hybrid Cars, Rare Earth Elements, and Supply

President Obama wants a million hybrid cars on the road by 2015. That’s easier said than done.

Sarah Palin Trademarks Her Name

As of June 17, Sarah Palin is a registered US trademark, serial number 85-170,226.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Wassamatta U Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Toyota Cars Safe: Government Study

The Obama administration’s investigation into Toyota safety problems has found no electronic flaws to account for reports of sudden, unintentional acceleration and other safety problems.

In Defense of Gentrification

While the displacement of poor blacks from their neighborhoods by affluent whites may be lamentable, it’s better than the alternatives.

Northern Virginia Tragedy Becomes Part Of National Immigration Debate

A fatal car crash on a country road in Northern Virginia has become part of the national debate on over illegal immigration.

Chevy Volt: Game Changer Or Electric Edsel ?

General Motors, and Barack Obama, are betting the future on a car that may be nothing more than an electric lemon.

Toyota Acceleration Problem Caused By Driver Error ?

Remember all those suddenly accelerating Toyotas ? Now, we’re learning the rest of the story.

Caption Contest Winners

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Why Not Bail Out GM?

Toyota to Surpass GM