Limerick for the politics of the moment, by Skip Tenczar
Liz Cheney constantly lets Trump have it
Calling out his big lie – wreaking havoc.
She lets Trumplicans know,
Along with Donald she won’t go
He stoked a bloody insurrection, dagnabbit!
Part One: Going back to work????
We chat with Kimberly Merriman , Professor of management U. Mass. about the reluctance of employees to return to work in their offices. There are many reasons for this, and we look at how jobs may have changed this year.
bio: Dr. Merriman is a widely published scholar and recognized authority by sources such as the Wall Street Journal and The Conference Board. She formerly served on the faculty of Penn State University and Wichita State University. Her research focuses on workforce issues and human capital. She has extensive involvement in the real estate industry and in analyzing real estate trends pertaining to the workforce. Topics currently under study include remote work, gig work, skilled freelancers, how communities and cities like Miami attract talent that can work from anywhere, and how finding community resonance bolsters self-actualizing creativity.
Part two: We discuss PPP loans, and the proliferation of non-traditional lending organizations. The result has been that hundreds of PPP Loans Went to Fake Farms in Absurd Places. For example, an online lending platform called Kabbage sent 378 pandemic loans worth $7 million to fake companies (mostly farms) with names like “Deely Nuts” and “Beefy King.” We look at how this happened, and what the implications are for https://www.propublica.org/article/ppp-farms
The Federal Government Will Now Give PPP Loans to Borrowers in Bankruptcy https://www.propublica.org/article/ppp-loans-bankruptcybio: Lydia DePillis joined ProPublica in 2019. Before that, she covered national economics issues for CNN Business, Texas’ economy for the Houston Chronicle, labor and the workplace for The Washington Post, and the business, culture and politics of the technology industry for The New Republic. DePillis was also previously a real estate columnist for the Washington City Paper, where she authored its award-winning Housing Complex blog. Her work has appeared in the New York Observer, Pacific Standard, Slate and various trade publications. She’s from Seattle, and is based in New York.