Sunday Talk Shows Are Boring

UPDATE (09.17.14): Trust in Mass Media Returns to All-Time Low Have you ever given any thought about why do you read, listen, or watch the news? Entertainment? Information? Maybe it’s a little of both. Family and friends who live more than 200 miles from the Washington, DC metro area are in shock when they learn …

Regulating Toward Lawlessness

 “If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law,” Winston Churchill Churchill reportedly said that in 1949 in the House of Commons as he defended free markets from the overregulation prone post-World War II Labour government.  If he were alive today, I wonder what he would say when he learned that in the United …

@AFPVA: Break the (Ex-Im) Bank

This pre-Cold War relic – the Export-Import Bank or Ex-Im for short – spearheaded by FDR, is well past its political “sell by” date. Everything that the Ex-Im Bank is supposed to do, the private sector can do a whole lot better. The bottom line is that YOUR tax dollars could be put to better use: Learn …

Walgreens Wants to Avoid High US Corporate Taxes, May Move to Europe … Good

The United States government literally clobbers American companies in many ways including through over regulation as well as the tax code. We used to be the paragon of what was possible with a stable republic and capitalism, yet we’re quickly becoming a super nanny state. The irony is that the people who can fix it, …

On Plutocrats and Pitchforks

I had to read the article, twice. I think it was meant as a new economic paradigm, or a call to action for the nation’s 1%. At times though, I thought it was a parody. I mean, who talks this way in public: ” … not rich businesspeople like us … we reminded the masses that they …

If You Really Want to Fix the VA System, Require Politicos to Use It

There is no such thing as a quick fix. If you’re over 20 and lived a little, you know what I mean. Quick fixes tend to lead to all sort of problems because you’re never addressing the underlying issue. You are cutting corners. You are delaying making a tough decision. Politicians in both political parties …

Veterans Affairs Secretary Resigns, So What? Republicans, Learn How to Say “No”

As I watched the Veterans Affairs Secretary resign yesterday, along with the President’s press conference later, I recalled the following. A wise Congressman (yes, there was a time when these existed, a few remain) would remind me every now and then that to decipher Washington, DC, you needed to appreciate and understand the people sent here by the …