Who Trashes Liberal Arts?
An op-ed piece titled "Conservatives, Please Stop Trashing the Liberal Arts" appeared last week in the Wall Street Journal. But it is not conservatives who trashed the liberal arts.
Repeal, Don't Reform the IMF!
A responsible financial institution would not extend a new loan of between $17 and $40 billion to a borrower already struggling to pay back an existing multi-billion dollar loan.
Where the Red Line Came From -- Before it Was Crossed
There are still nearly two years left in Barack Obama's presidency, but historians looking back on his record in foreign policy will surely identify one costly error: his refusal to follow through on the implied threat in stating that the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons would be a "red line."
Hillary Using Racism Template to Weaponize Sexism?
If Hillary Clinton survives her myriad real scandals and becomes the Democratic presidential candidate for 2016, are we going to be bludgeoned with sexism the same way Barack Obama's supporters have exploited "racism"?
How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Clintons?
NEW YORK -- This being the 50th anniversary of the film "The Sound of Music," please permit me a poor adaption of a few of its song lyrics, which fit in nicely with our current political climate.
Federal Income Tax Reporting - A Political Non-Issue?
The Internal Revenue Code is a mess. In this, most agree. Marco Rubio has announced his plan to reform the Internal Revenue Code and each Republican candidate will undoubtedly follow quickly with their own particular plan.
Stand Up for Indiana!
In what has been called the "Catholic moment" in America, in the late 1940s and 1950s, Catholics were admonished from pulpits to "live the faith" and "set an example" for others.
Leftist Sharks Finally Circling Around Sheriff Arpaio
When progressives cant beat Republicans square and fair at the ballot box, they resort to dishonest Alinskyite tactics, such as character assassination and abusing the left-wing dominated legal system. eyve been after Americas popular Sheriff Joe Arpaio for years and are finally circling around him like sharks.
Debra J. Saunders:
Onward, Christian Florists
"There's something very dangerous happening in states across the country," Apple chief executive Tim Cook warned Monday in a Washington Post opinion piece against Indiana's newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Who Is This Scott Walker?
Who is this Scott Walker, and why has he taken off like a house afire in the race for next year's Republican presidential nomination even before it's really begun?
What's Happening on College Campuses?
Who would have thought, only a few years ago, that our basic First Amendment right of free speech would be under attack on college campuses (of all places!)? But those are now ordinary campus events.
Hey, Kick Those Christians Again!
In the political game -- humanity's reward for forbidden fruit chomping in the Garden of Eden -- all disagreements concern power: Who's No. 1 around here; who gets the final say-so.
Dividends Provide a Safe Haven in Volatile Markets
Downbeat U.S. data has weighed on cyclical stocks during the past week. With the exception of the labor market data, most data has been consistently soft.
Robber Barons, 21st Century Style
When asked who the Vice President of the United States is most people usually hesitate, smile and simply shake their head. To ask who the following men were the response would be almost incomprehensible but most assuredly laughable.
John Jacob Aster
John D Rockefeller
Played for the Patriots. Had their own reality show. A 60s Rock n Roll Group. Many might answer.
Historical knowledge is not one of Americas strong suits. Allow me to educate.
They were 19th century businessmen who were tagged with the nickname Robber Barons. They could be found in all walks of life such as railroads, oil, steel, real estate and most significantly in finance (Wall Street and banking).
They amassed their millionaire wealth (in todays dollars, billionaires) by exploiting the mass (thats you and me), through the control of natural resources such as oil, water, land, iron ore and even their transportation.
They paid substandard wages. Then required those wages to be used for shelter, food and heat provided by the same Robber Barons.
They squashed competition by acquiring competitors in order to create monopolies and eventually raise prices.
They sold stock at inflated prices to unsuspecting investors only to see the eventual destruction of the company for which the stock was issued. Thereby the rewards went to the selling Robber Barons and impoverishment went to the unsuspecting buyers.
Most important was the accruing of high levels of government influence by underwriting those who sought elected office.
Financially they were the top 1/10th of 1% of all Americans and considered themselves a form of royalty.
Robber a sense of criminality
Baron illegitimate aristocracy in the United States
Most people when informed about the Robber Barons quickly see the similarities with todays 1/10th of 1%.
Even though they may not know the names of Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan, Neil Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, Ian Read, CEO of Pfizer, Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin, William C. Dudley, CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of New York they are aware of the ever widening disparity of income between the majority the ever growing illegitimate aristocracy.
They see the daily bubble called the US Stock Market which was once a place for all and now only for a select few. Of course, it always welcomes the unsuspecting.
They see the mergers and acquisitions and hear about the synergy of scale. They now understand the code which means that pink slips are soon to be delivered.
They watch war after war being created to simply line the pockets of a military industrial complex.
Without hesitating they will all respond that every politician, both newly elected and veteran, has been bought and paid for.
Unbeknownst to the average American, he or she is simply becoming knowledgeable about the people in power of both the 19th and 21st centuries. Nothing has changed in 150 years. Its just that most people today did not know what to call this 1/10th of 1%. Now they do.
Perhaps soon they will be able to name the Vice President.
A Direct Cause of the Declining Quality of Life for Americans
Today, we're going to follow up an observation we made when we examined the major trends for how the consumer spending patterns of Americans has changed from 1984 through the present, where we observed that since 2009, increases in expenditures for health insurance are being paid for by the reduced consumption of entertainment.
Reasoning With Iran
"America and the West have a historic opportunity to negotiate a nuclear agreement that will promote peace in the Middle East and the world. It will give your country, Iran, a brighter future. What do you say to that?"
Hey John, Why the Long Face ?
As Secretary of State John Kerry frantically tries to reach an appeasement agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran over Irans nuclear weapons program, yes it indeed is a nuclear weapons program, the security of Israel and the United States continue to hang in the balance.
The Poverty of Identity Politics
Imagine if the current President were a Republican, and if during the second half of his second term, after having been elected both times with record turnout by blacks, the black unemployment rate remained stagnant at 11 percent while the black poverty rate hit a record high of 27 percent. What would black politicians be saying about that Republican President?