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La même chose

Thursday, November 10th, 2022

It is a truism that elections have consequences.  No doubt this Tuesday election will also, but it will not change much.  All across the country voters dug into familiar patterns rather than alter course. Nationally, President Joe Biden can lock in his legislative victories.  Here to stay are the insulin price cap for seniors, lower […]

Snake Oil Fraud

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

Leadership requires correctly identifying problems and developing solutions. Demagogues often recognize when others are in pain, but they then exploit the pain for personal gain.  This technique helps the politician gain, and solidify, power.  Demagogues behave exactly like snake oil salesmen.  Before the Pure Food and Drug Act (1906), capitalists crisscrossed the country offering a […]

Straw Man

Thursday, October 13th, 2022

Boxers and soldiers often train fighting dummies.  It is easy to understand why.  Dummies don’t fight back.  Eventually, however, a good fighters needs to train against another human as an opponent if they want to win a real fight. Debates work similarly with words.  Some debaters only fight straw men; others, preferring a challenge, argue […]

Public Service vs. Private Profit

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

Conservatives have been pretty clear about one aspect of their governing philosophy.  They say that they will run government like a business.  Liberals, however, see government as public services.  The results are dramatically different. Liberal policies shaped American politics after the Great Depression.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt provided a role model for creating government services.  The […]

Let’s go Joe!

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

Between January 20, 2001 and July 14, 2008 prices at the gas pump rose from $1.47 per gallon to $4.11 per gallon.  During that extended price rise, two Texas oil men sat in the Oval Office and made decisions.  Dramatically, gas prices fell to $1.61 by December 2008.   George W. Bush and Dick Cheney created […]

Let’s Go Joe!

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

Between January 20, 2001 and July 14, 2008 prices at the gas pump rose from $1.47 per gallon to $4.11 per gallon.  During that extended price rise, two Texas oil men sat in the Oval Office and made decisions.  Dramatically, gas prices fell to $1.61 by December 2008.   George W. Bush and Dick Cheney created […]

Team USA

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it gets better.  Since Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the global recovery from Covid 19 stalled.  Global traders panic, driving up prices and clogging supply chains. Market fears of a new, and wider, disruption never materialized, however.  Energy supply remained strong, as Europeans carefully rebalanced their energy […]

I’m Staying

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

I love to travel. I inherited this love from my parents.  Dad’s service in the United States’ Army opened a world to me.  Our three years living in Germany had the most impact. Weekends and holidays in Germany were an adventure. The Churches and the castles overflowed with history. The natural history museums literally had […]

It’s the Market Stupid

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

One year and 4 months after Donald Trump took occupancy of the White House, gas price averages rose from $2.46 to $2.99 per gallon.  Two years later, in May 2020, the average price per gallon had fallen to $1.96. What causes these wild swings?  What had Donald done in office? Nothing. Oil companies, not the […]

Addiction

Saturday, April 30th, 2022

Addictive behavior can destroy the addict as well as those around them.  Addicts find it harder and harder to distinguish reality from imagination.  They tell themselves lies and demand others accept the lies as truth. Dealing with an addict can be very exhausting.  Addicts respond to the truth with false allegations and threats.  Their paranoia […]

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