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Nitpicking the immigration bill

You can nitpick the immigration bill. That may not help you understand why it went down in flames. It went down because enough of the public did not like it. Millions of us b... read more...


A tale of two women

When the music came over the air I pulled the car to the side of the road. In order to hear every note. For those notes evoked two images. The first was of a beautiful woman a... read more...


Snip a page from this songbook

One of the smartest business operators I ever met played the piano. At work. More about her later. A few weeks ago I read an article about leadership in Investors Business Da... read more...


A chapter from Alice in Wonderland

Maybe you can explain this to me. Sandy Berger was a top White House aide in the Clinton White House. He was our national security adviser. Which means, of course, he knew ou... read more...


Them’s fightn’ words

If you love to study elections, this one will be a doosey. The battle for the White House will be. We cannot say that about all our elections. For instance, the Dole vs. Clin... read more...


Celebrate gutlessness!

This Congress is gutless. And this is good for the country. So goes the thinking of a lot of historians. And of some stock analysts and money managers. One of the latter is ... read more...


The history you don’t know

Let’s face it. This president has major problems. He is about as popular as leprosy. Especially compared with the guy he followed into the White House. He is coarsely spoken.... read more...


The calamity crowd

Do you feel our economy is in recession? Millions of Americans do. I saw one recent poll that claimed 28 percent of us believe the national economy is in recession. One colu... read more...


Blight at the end of the tunnel

Two points this week. The first is that you may have heard some howling by politicians about the economy. Last week the government told us the economy had slowed. To its slow... read more...


A glacier in every town

I’m afraid we’ll have to write you up, sir, ma’am. You are clearly in violation of several regulations. Yes, that’s right, sir. These come under the Sheryl Crow-Al Gore Act th... read more...


I remain an optimist

How on earth can you be optimistic? People ask me that. After all, the environment is crumbling. So they tell me. The planet is heating up like a teapot. We’re running out of... read more...


“Young Turks”

If you wonder what Madame Pelosi is up to think no further than your office. Or your church group. Or your club. Or perhaps even your family. Madame Pelosi declared it is the... read more...


Teacher Louie

Were you fortunate enough to have at least one special teacher? Many of us enjoy such a treasure. My special teacher, Louie Mihalyi, died recently. He lived and taught in the... read more...


Shonuffity to dollar coins

What is it with these guys at the Treasury Department? They are dumping a slew of dollar coins on us. Again. Treasury is releasing the first of a series of dollar coins. By s... read more...


The Club of Rome

Millions of folks believe a global warming disaster is perched like a buzzard on a limb, just around the corner. One of those corners just up the street. Labelled 2012. And 20... read more...



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