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Wanted: Personal Economic Trainers. Apply at Washington Post
If you have a big home equity loan, an even bigger mortgage, over the limit credit cards, a car that will last a year with a loan that will last three, and poor prospects for future employment, apparently, the thing to do is to start lighting cigars wi...
Feb 9, 2009
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Aw crap; I am an undecided voter
Just a few hours to go and I still haven’t made up my mind I should not be surprised to find myself in this position. In the past I could rely on one party or the other to field a candidate that was immediately recognizable as a disaster in the making...
Nov 4, 2008
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Will Sarah Palin jump the shark before or after the presidential election?
The job of preparing Sarah Palin to face the media was done poorly. The campaign held off the press for several weeks. This gave the Governor a chance to cram for her debut but it also let the press set an ambush. I don’t know what was done in the p...
Oct 2, 2008
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The bad news is one of these guys is going to win
Well the first debate of the 2008 presidential election is in the books. One thing that we can look at as a positive is the fact that informed citizens with sensible ideas are not possessed of the megalomania required to endure a presidential run. Bo...
Sep 27, 2008
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Fine Charlie
If you owned a condominium unit in a foreign country and earned income by renting it out and if you didn’t have your employer withhold enough money for taxes or make adequate quarterly payments, you probably owed a tax penalty. That is unless you were...
Sep 22, 2008
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Why can’t Obama shake old man McCain?
After the 2006 elections, the polls showed an unnamed Democrat trouncing an unnamed Republican in the presidential race. Then McCain shut down a field of seriously flawed candidates (including himself) while it took Obama all spring to ice Hilary Clin...
Sep 21, 2008
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No-body expects the Alaskan Politician
When Hilary Clinton lost the Democratic primary to Barrack Obama, the talking heads were all a twitter over the prospect of her supporters letting him twist in the wind. This made no sense to me as the positions adopted by Clinton and McCain were inco...
Sep 12, 2008
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Power is corrupting, period
The course was POD (Problems of Democracy). The teacher was exasperated. I was confused. Eleven years of public school didn’t explain the philosophy of the US government and now that the different branches, levels, parties, and coalitions were diagr...
Sep 5, 2008
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Can you support Ron Paul?
The Ron Paul candidacy has become a conservative values litmus test for me. On one side are the Ron Paul supporters, the happy throngs that see a man articulating the failures of the government that has been running their country (and lives) for decade...
Jan 8, 2008
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Who wants to go to Mars?
In the CNN/YouTube Republican debate on November 28th, Steve Nielson asked if any of the candidates would sign a pledge to the Mars Society to send an American to Mars by 2020. Being the flavor of the month and a big government Republican, Mike Huckabe...
Dec 22, 2007
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Lies, Damn Lies, and the Names of Government Programs
On September 7, 2007, the Senate passed the conference report to the College Cost Reduction Act (H.R.2669). If the President signs this bill into law, the cost of a college education will most certainly rise. Like most acts of Congress, this piece of...
Sep 11, 2007
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The War on Voters
This year has been a graduate course in the evils of big government. While the country suffers numerous perils, Washington proposes every lame brained idea imaginable in an effort to appear relevant. Of course these ideas are proposed by the highly p...
Jun 25, 2007
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Energy Independence Through Corn Liquor
As a warmer than average winter on the populated east coast has oil prices dropping, the US is about to supplement its supply of cheap oil with expensive corn alcohol. This will be domestic ethanol as high tariffs keep cheap foreign ethanol from being...
Jan 13, 2007
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Online Gambling and Port Security
It takes a special kind of egomaniacal narcissist to run for office. To think that you have in depth knowledge of the myriad topics that confront the country requires self delusion beyond the standard deviation. This was known by the framers of the U...
Oct 14, 2006
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Republican Revolt
As Congressmen and Senators slink out of Washington and back to the communities that sent them there, the rest of us brace for the onslaught of ads, editorials, and desperate acts that accompany every election. Despite new election law that makes it m...
Oct 1, 2006
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Why Congress Needs to Address the Estate Tax
The inability of the senate to work out a compromise on a bill to reduce estate taxes while raising the minimum wage earlier this month shows how unwilling each side is to compromise in order to pass essential legislation. It is inconceivable that the...
Aug 25, 2006
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Should public money fund controvercial research?
When a new buzzword enters the lexicon of news anchors, go long on it costing taxpayers a fortune as soon as lobbyists figure out how to use it to pan for gold in legislatures across the country. If there is moral opposition involved, it’s a safe bet t...
Mar 14, 2006
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It Just Works That Way
So someone exposes someone else that may or may not be a clandestine CIA operative and the guy with the dumbest name gets charged for lying about something?
Oct 30, 2005
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Robbing Peters Kids to Ticket Peter
I don't really mind paying to educate the stupid and cajole the stubborn but paying to place myself at risk of fine is just absurd.
Jun 6, 2005
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To invade or not to invade, that is the question
While I have not been convinced that invading Iraq is a good idea, I can’t be convinced that Saddam Hussein does not need to be dealt with in some manner.
Mar 14, 2003

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