Note: I originally wrote this post two years ago but with the recent shenanigans in Congress, it is might be even more relevant now than ever. This last Thursday, the Republican led Congress voted to cut $40 billion out of the food stamp program (SNAP) over a period of ten years. And if that wasn't enough, one … Continue reading The government isn’t going to help you … so get over it!
In 1876 Alfred Nobel, Swedish chemist and innovator, invented dynamite. At the time he was attempting to invent a substance to replace nitroglycerin, an unstable compound that killed his younger brother in a factory incident. While his intentions were good - or should I say noble, the unintended consequences were far-reaching, and not so good. To his credit, … Continue reading Why Ted Turner might be the worst thing that’s happened to America in the last 50 years!
What if one day we were all on our own. We'd still have our family and friends, but the institutions we normally depend on just vanished. The government, the schools, the insurance companies, the institutional safety nets ... all gone. How would you live your life? Would you take less risks? Would you take more? … Continue reading Personal Responsibility and De-Evolution of the Human Brain
Fifteen years ago, I ran across a book, "100 Most Influential People in History," during one of my dalliances to my local Marin County bookstore. "Influential People" was one man's assessment on exactly that. But how he determined his rankings was the interesting part. They weren't always the reasons you would think. But after thinking … Continue reading “Happy Birthday Occupy Wall Street … thoughts on Year One”
I had a discussion yesterday with Sandy Maxey on Twitter about the unemployment issue here in the United States. Up till now, I've just had cursory thoughts about it. Everybody seems to have a solution. On one end we have full-scale government job creation intervention. And on the other, some profess in the unabashed free … Continue reading High unemployment is here to stay … so what are you going to do about it?