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The Quiet Man

Taking a cue from his “top generals,” in her recent article in the New York Times Maureen Dowd likens President Obama to Cool Hand Luke, a role played by Paul Newman in Stuart Rosenberg’s movie of the same title. Then … Continue reading

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Mind-sets

I went to a local convenience store recently, to deliver a gift to a young Pakistani fellow who works there. A man walked into the store and bought some lottery tickets, and then started complaining, “We have things too good in … Continue reading

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Immigration

In a recent New York Times article, Jason DeParle details the efforts by John Tanton, a native of Michigan and a liberal to crusade against immigration over the past three decades. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/us/17immig.html?hp How can anyone doubt the significant contributions to … Continue reading

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Taxes in the USA

I received an email which listed income tax, property tax and other taxes and stated that “Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago…” but that is not not only historically inaccurate, it is simply not true. One can … Continue reading

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Federal Deficits

Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (Wisconsin Republican) has been much in the news recently. Most recently in a column by Paul Krugman in the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/08/opinion/08krugman.html?hp But Ryan’s notoriety raises many issues that should be publicly addressed, and here are … Continue reading

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Free Enterprise

Free enterprise cannot exist when a government owns all businesses, but it also cannot exist when one or more companies control the government. The heart and soul of free enterprise is competition. And we have witnessed how well this works … Continue reading

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Money

What is the true value of money? There are people in the financial industry who are fond of saying, “If money isn’t the most important thing in this world, it ranks way up there with oxygen.” To those people I … Continue reading

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