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The Impossible Dream

Wouldn’t it be sweet if our post office poured billions into government coffers instead of sucking them out? Such an impossible dream is possible. Last quarter the Postal Ser... read more...


One might think that

Some of our car companies may go bust. They are all suffering and shaky. Another possibility is that Ford and General Motors might turn themselves into private companies. For... read more...


Change is in the air

Change is in the air this political season.  Truth be told, whenever politicians gather or speak to us, we can expect change. They have a tendency to change their positions. ... read more...


Right. Lots of precedent for that.

Who the hell do you think you are? Who gave you a golden scepter and crowned you king? Sorry. That is how I reacted last week when I saw a piece from a pundit. From his dias... read more...


The Lazarus Effect

Omigod! The stock market tanked a few weeks ago! It descended into proper “bear” territory, as in “Bear Market”. Commentators panicked. This may be the beginning of the end, ... read more...


Magic in the marketplace

You are about to see magic again. The magic is the matter of supply and demand. It is not really magic. But it seems so, because too many of us cannot be bothered to read a... read more...


The miracle of government healthcare

If you are eager to add more government to healthcare, please Google Shona Holmes. Read what she writes about the Canadian healthcare system. She claims that that bureaucrati... read more...


A simple formula for getting ahead

There is a simple formula for getting ahead. Follow it and a good many of your wishes will come your way. Here are a few of the millions of instances when people ignore it. ... read more...


Gradually receding

Ahh, the secrets we keep. For instance, the secrets revealed in a biography of author Truman Capote. (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, In Cold Blood)  I am reading it, although the bo... read more...


Differences

Have you heard people whine that candidates for the White House are not much different from each other? You should not hear anyone complain this year. At the moment the diffe... read more...


An economics lesson

You don’t need to have an economics degree to answer this question. You need not understand profit and losses. You could flunk every math test you ever took and still answer t... read more...


You’ve been “Goffed”!

Congress has pulled a “Fred Goff.” Let me explain what that means. About 1000 of my fellow junior high students were gathered in the auditorium listening to our principal. ... read more...


Same old stuff!

One of the joys of growing old is that you’ve seen this garbage before. Let me illustrate. Newsweek featured the back of the Statue of Liberty on its May 12 cover. Inside it ... read more...


What policy?

Please take out a sheet of paper. Write a sentence or two that describes America’s energy policy. I bet you are left with a blank page. Obviously, energy is one of the bigge... read more...


Don’t know much about history

Random thoughts about our economy. First is that we will have to come up with a new word for a sluggish economy. Or a new word for recession. We need one or the other becaus... read more...



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