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My 77 cents

Two items this week. The first is a conversation that must have taken place at the White House. Between the guys who wrote the Presidentís remarks on how women in America earn... read more...


Obamacare loses even in victory

Obamacare has passed one of its enrollment milestones. More or less it has. All those who feel excited and proud of this achievement please raise your hand. Pollsters tell us... read more...


A tax is a tax

Here is a money-making idea for you. Rent a van. Drive to Missouri. Load the van with cigarettes. Drive back and sell them in New York. Sell them for $1 less per pack than the... read more...


Another day, another calamity

Growing old can have its advantages. One is that you can shrug off the latest calamities. Because you have seen so many other calamities over the years. And you know they fizz... read more...


Getting in touch

Your president doesnít know how to swipe his credit card at a checkout counter. That was the big story out of Washington this week. Chomping to run for the White House, your g... read more...


Washington's mating dance

In my way-way-north-of-Utica-high-school years the most popular subject was mating rituals. If you are older you may remember them. You saw them at high school dances and ot... read more...


A jobless Nirvana

What a wonderful development for you. And for your kids. And for America. Our leaders have decided it is good for us if they wipe out a bunch of jobs. It may take you a whil... read more...


The Gov mentions upstate

Wow! Upstate got a mention! The new mayor of the Big Apple and Governor Cuomo are duking it out. The mayor wants to slap his cityís millionaires with extra taxes. To fund the... read more...


The future of travel?

How many times have you heard people wish we had high-speed trains? Like those in Europe. Imagine Buffalo to the Big Apple in less than two hours. At 200 mph. That is not far ... read more...


Watch your pockets

Have you ever wondered why Big Apple mayors rarely move up to other offices? We have seen why in the past few weeks. Think about it. How many mayors of the City have become g... read more...


Feeding the bull

Mr. President, enough with the bull. I will explain later. You know many millions of American workers have dropped out of our work force. Because our new jobs machine has fai... read more...


Govít controls your carbon footprint

Should you be allowed to drive on lesser roads when the Thruway or an interstate is nearby? You will use more gas on the lesser road. Because you have to brake more often. And... read more...


Healthcare law creaters donít care about you

There are many reasons why Obamacare has been such a disaster. But one fat reason trumps them all: The guys who created it didnít give a damn about you. They told you it i... read more...


The year of no Al

A phrase on the receipt caught my eye: ďFounded in 1816. The Year Of No Summer.Ē It was from a feed store in the tiny village of Otego, upstate New York. Many years ago. ... read more...


Church and the free market

Pope Francis is a capitalist. The Roman Catholic Church is capitalist. As are the Methodists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, etc. Many of the local churches of Jamestown and ... read more...



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