Monthly Archives: July 2009

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

A Death of a Thousand Cuts

The question that belies the new administration’s infinite number of programs is whether each additional initiative adds followers or deletes them. Will the gain of union support for the attempt at the card check legislation be more than offset by…

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Conditional Aid to Palestinians

We have committed $900 million dollars to Palestinians and $200 million is on its way.   One could argue that this is chicken feed compared to the aid given to Israel. Even as the committed Zionist I am I do not…

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The Great Compression and Its Aftermath

Paul Krugman referred to the period between 1930 and 1980 as the Great Compression, referring to a flattening of the incomes from the very rich and the very poor of the Gilded Age and the growing income inequality from the…

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Union Compromise is No Victory for Business

The card check bill which would have allowed unions to win the right to represent without an election is being modified in hopes of gaining passage. Originally the bill eliminated the secret ballot, allowing the union a victory by just…

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A Twitter Conspiracy

The Tehran Times complains that Israel has too many friends on the internet. Read the story here. It is hard to make this stuff up.

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The “F” Word

From Wikipedia “In the economic sphere, many fascist leaders have claimed to support a “Third Way” in economic policy, which they believed superior to both the rampant individualism of unrestrained capitalism and the severe control of state communism. This was…

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Hard Choices in the Wrong Hands

Some ideas Much of health insurance costs are involved in the ratings game; attempting to control costs by eliminating claimants who have risky medical histories. This defies the meaning of insurance which is to share the risk, but the insured…

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A Palestinian Purim

It is apparently perfectly acceptable to require that Palestinian lands be Judenrein, free of Jews.  We (our administration) are even pressuring Jews NOT to build within the borders of  Jerusalem. It would be unconscionable to allow the Jews in Israel…

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Nassim Taleb on The Best Way to Deleverage

I have been a fan of Nassim Taleb since I read “Fooled by Randomness”. I remember stumbling in it the bookstore at Columbia University in New York. I quickly grabbed his most noted book, “The Black Swan” which continued his…

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Trent Lott and Barbara Boxer

In 2002 Senator Trent Lott was speaking at a celebration for Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday and said, “”I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And…

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The Twitter World

I have been blogging for two years and well over a thousand entries. I started Twittering as a means of expanding the number of readers and as an accessory to the blog. I use Twitter to share articles and sources…

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The Lost Party?

The Republican Party is most assuredly going through an identity struggle, and the pundits obfuscate the issues by speaking in only the most general terms. The controversy within the party is whether it should become more conservative, faulting moderation for…

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Are We As Smart as We Think We Are

In a very thoughtful reply to a Rebelyid posting about how intellectuals and academics miss seemingly obvious points that ordinary people with common sense seem to readily get, Roy Fickling sent this Marylin Savant math problem. I have to confess…

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Economic Demoralization

Larry Kudlow in National Review July 10, 2009 4:49 PM The Road to Economic Demoralization Washington is going the wrong way. read the whole article here. excerpts And China has no capital-gains tax. It only has a 15-to-20 percent corporate…

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The Missing Ingredient for the Economy

A friend involved in investment market research believes the stock market is bullish for several reasons one of them being the overwhelming bearish market sentiment. Experienced investors understand that bottoms happen when sellers are exhausted and when bears rule the…

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Obama’s Czars

1. AIDS Czar: Jeffrey Crowley2. Bailout Czar: Herbert Allison Jr.3. Border Czar: Alan Bersin4. Car Czar: Steve Rattner5. Counterterrorism Czar: John Brennan6. Cyber-Security Czar: Melissa Hathaway7. Drug Czar: Gil Kerlikowske8. Economic Czar: Larry Summers9. Deputy Economic Czar: Paul Volcker10. Energy…

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Chavez’s Tyranny Drives Away Venezuela’s Future

In the recent Newsweek Mac Margolis notes the brain drain in Venezuela.Venezuela’s Brain Drain read the whole article here. Excerpts: And now after a decade of the so-called Bolivarian revolution, tens of thousands of disillusioned Venezuelan professionals have had enough.…

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