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Seeds of Sedition

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

The January 6 attack on American Democracy grew from seeds planted 40 years earlier.  In the 1980s conservative activists created incendiary rhetoric to attack our government.  Since the New Deal, conservatives had lost to a wave of progressive legislation.  The Federal Government improved the lives of seniors with Social Security and Medicare.  It improved the […]

Unreliable Energy

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Here we go again.  ERCOT, Electric Reliability Council of Texas, has warned us that the Texas power grid is about to fail.  That doesn’t sound very reliable to me. It must sound reliable to Greg Abbot and Dan Patrick. They failed to provide solutions in the last legislative session.  A few ERCOT Board members did […]

Opposite Day Shouldn’t Be Everyday

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

Every once in a while, when they were young, my boys would play “Opposite Day.”  It was game about saying one thing, but meaning another.  For example, if you want to someone to “stay,” you would say “go.”  If you wanted the TV “on,” you would ask someone to turn it “off.”  The game is […]

End the Politics of Spite

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Have you ever heard the Medieval saying, “Don’t cut your nose off to spite your face”?  Spite is an uncommon word today.  It means to hurt or offend.  Often spite is an act of revenge.  One person feels offended and responds spitefully.  Revenge makes us feel vindicated or justified. Unfortunately, spiteful behavior is too often […]

Remodeling Our Home

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

Not many things are more exciting, or frightening, than buying a new home.  With it comes both freedom and responsibility.  The owner has the freedom to change it at will but also must pay for the maintenance and repair. We’ve owned this particular house in Sherman for about twenty years.  When we moved into it, […]

American Recovery Plan

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

Joe Biden promised to “Build Back Better.”  The liberals in Congress just passed the American Recovery Plan.  They set the agenda because Democrats won elections for the House, Senate and the Presidency,. Liberals believe government programs can, and should, alleviate suffering.  Conservatives reject this approach.  They believe individuals should be left to struggle on their […]

Progressive America

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

I am proud to live in Modern America.  America is a progressive country.  Our democracy allows us to create laws to improve our lives.  Over the past 230 years much has changed for the better. The progress has been slow but steady.  In the 1820s white laborers won the right to vote.  In the 1870s […]

Safe and Secure Markets

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Markets are truly a human wonder. They allow us to buy products which we lack the skill, resources or time to make for ourselves.  We rarely think about markets until they leave us in the cold. Markets are simply part of our everyday life.  We shop for food and clothing.  Sometimes we make big decisions […]

America Is Moving Forward

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

America is moving forward.  We have some big problems to face, and name calling will not solve them.  Leadership requires correctly identifying real problems, developing solutions to those problems and then implanting the solutions. As all of us can see, Covid 19 did not magically disappear after the election.  In fact it is spreading at […]

Basic Definitions

Saturday, October 10th, 2020

There are constitutional governments which are limited by law. There are authoritarian governments which empower a leader to exercise broad discretion. There are socialist economies which have public ownership of property. There are capitalist economies which have private ownership of property. There are free markets which allow individuals to buy and sell without government interference. […]

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