STEINER: A call for confidence

November 10, 2011 • 2
“So, where did the Federal Reserve get $800 billion to spend buying bonds?” Not the usual conversation starter, but that’s where the talk went when a gentleman at The Owl Shop struck up a conversation with me last week. I tried to explain that the Federal Reserve has control over the nation’s money supply and »

STEINER: We need real progressives

October 21, 2011 • 3
The Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements are justifiably angry about the state of affairs today. Unemployment is over 9 percent — including underemployment, 16 percent. Middle-class incomes have fallen, while inequality is at the highest levels our country has faced since 1928. They rightly demand that we do something. How we can solve »

Steiner: Don’t jump ship on nuclear power

March 22, 2011 • 3
Bear Stearns is fine! Nuclear energy is dead! Such is the sage advice of CNBC’s “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer. Unfortunately, the view that we should abandon nuclear power is having yet another resurgence in America following the accidents at two Japanese nuclear reactors in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that hit »

Steiner: Don’t recruit, retool

January 28, 2011 • 8
The News reported Thursday on the admissions office’s plan for a new admitted students weekend — Yale Engineering and Sciences Weekend (YES-W) — for those prospective Yalies interested in science and engineering. While the administration correctly recognizes that it needs to increase the proportion of its students majoring in sciences and engineering in order to »

Steiner: This election’s real losers

November 3, 2010 • 7
Tuesday, the GOP took back the majority of the House of Representatives, which the media is framing as a major disaster for Democrats and triumph for Republicans. In their narrative, the election has been an outright rebuke of Democrat policy, profoundly damaging the party. Yet there is one faction that has lost far worse in »

Steiner: An investigation is absolutely necessary

October 5, 2010 • 2
Over the past week, the New Haven Police Department has made an aggressive, but understandable effort with “Operation Nightlife” to respond to the recent upswing in violence in the downtown entertainment district. What is disturbing is that, on Friday, a task force created to fight violence in the area became the prime perpetrator of violence »