13 Nov 2013

Just Signed up for Obamacare

I just signed up for Obamacare on the New York state health exchange. As one of those whose existing health insurance policy was cancelled in the roll out, I had some exasperation with the false promise that “if you like your existing health plan you can keep it”. My new

07 Jun 2013

Is PRISM story Killian Part Deux?

When Dan Rather broke the story about George W. Bush’s Vietnam service record he used documents whose authenticity later undermined the entire story. Many people believe to this day that the underlying story Rather reported was true, but the forged documents provided to the journalist were intended not to prove

16 Sep 2012

Rules of the Fiscal Cliff

  Rules of the Fiscal Cliff 1st RULE: You do not talk about FISCAL CLIFF. 2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about FISCAL CLIFF. 3rd RULE: If someone says “stop” or goes limp, taps out the fiscal cliff is over. 4th RULE: Only two political parties allowed in a fight.

13 Aug 2012

The Big Five

The Big Five The number of US manufacturing jobs peaked in 1979 at around 19.5 million jobs and has fallen to roughly 11.5 million manufacturing jobs now. U.S. agricultural employment peaked in 1910 at around 11.5 million jobs and has fallen over the past century to roughly 2.1 million today.

11 Aug 2012

Honest Ben’s Cash for Gold

Honest Ben’s Cash for Gold Is the Federal Reserve buying gold? Speculation is mounting that the Fed is quietly buying gold and gold swaps  (See the Izabella Kaminska Financial Times alphaville blog http://ftalphaville.ft.com/blog/2012/08/07/1109781/gold-qe/ ). The last time this country was in a Depression the Fed did exactly that. Oh, and

08 Aug 2012

The Biggest Lies Are Not Even Being Spoken

The Biggest Lies Are Not Even Being Spoken As charge and counter charge fill the air waves and the pundits debate the truth or falsehood of particular campaign ads, the biggest lies of this campaign season are passing unremarked. Neither the Republicans, nor the Democrats are telling the American people

04 Aug 2012

Get Ready for the Romney Bush ticket

Get Ready for the Romney Bush ticket As speculation among the chattering class builds – if not to a fevered pitch then at least to a dull ache – about who the Republican VP will be, one obvious name keeps not being mentioned, Jeb Bush. The former Florida Governor bring

05 Aug 2011

What Doesn’t Create Jobs

Two weeks ago I wrote (What Happened to the Jobs?) about where the economy lost jobs in the Great Recession showing that most of the jobs lost were in frontline non supervisory manufacturing, construction, or government. In this post I want to look at what doesn’t create jobs. There are

02 Aug 2011

Without a Vision the People Perish

The wisdom of Proverbs 29:18 holds that without a vision the people perish, but happy is he who follows the law. When I was a child in 1st grade going to public school in a small town in rural southeast Arkansas, I got beat up nearly every day at recess

29 Jul 2011

In God We Trust

In the United States our currency now carries the phrase “In God We Trust”. It wasn’t always so. The first time this phrase was placed on a coin of the US was in 1864 during the Civil War. The phrase was officially adopted in 1956 as the motto of the